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Apr 5, 2015

FIFA election campaign swings through Cairo

CAIRO (Reuters) – African football will have to get through an unusually large load of serious business but their congress in Cairo this week will nevertheless be overshadowed by the latest stop in the election campaign for the FIFA presidency.

The three candidates vying to unseat incumbent Sepp Blatter will be all in the Egyptian capital for Tuesday’s Confederation of African Football Congress to canvas support on a continent expected to be solidly behind the FIFA president as he bids for a fifth successive term in office.

Apr 5, 2015

Soccer-FIFA election campaign swings through Cairo

CAIRO, April 5 (Reuters) – African football will have to get through an unusually large load of serious business but their congress in Cairo this week will nevertheless be overshadowed by the latest stop in the election campaign for the FIFA presidency.

The three candidates vying to unseat incumbent Sepp Blatter will be all in the Egyptian capital for Tuesday’s Confederation of African Football Congress to canvas support on a continent expected to be solidly behind the FIFA president as he bids for a fifth successive term in office.

Mar 12, 2015

Zimbabwe ban is new low for once-competitive team

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s expulsion from the 2018 soccer World Cup qualifiers marks a new low for a side who were once just 90 minutes away from reaching the finals.

Years of financial mismanagement, maladministration and economic malaise came back to haunt Zimbabwe on Thursday when world body FIFA expelled them from the qualifiers for the finals in Russia for repeatedly failing to pay an outstanding debt.

Mar 12, 2015

Analysis – Zimbabwe ban is new low for once-competitive team

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s expulsion from the 2018 football World Cup qualifiers marks a new low for a side who were once just 90 minutes away from reaching the finals.

Years of financial mismanagement, maladministration and economic malaise came back to haunt Zimbabwe on Thursday when world body FIFA expelled them from the qualifiers for the finals in Russia for repeatedly failing to pay an outstanding debt.

Mar 12, 2015

Soccer-Zimbabwe ban is new low for once-competitive team

CAPE TOWN, March 12 (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s expulsion from the 2018 soccer World Cup qualifiers marks a new low for a side who were once just 90 minutes away from reaching the finals.

Years of financial mismanagement, maladministration and economic malaise came back to haunt Zimbabwe on Thursday when world body FIFA expelled them from the qualifiers for the finals in Russia for repeatedly failing to pay an outstanding debt.

Feb 9, 2015

Yaya gets a taste of national team success at last

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Yaya Toure looked more relieved than elated as he lifted the African Nations Cup for the first time at the sixth attempt, breaking his duck at international level with the Ivory Coast.

“When you win with your club, it’s quite amazing but with your country it’s something unbelievable,” he said after the Ivory Coast shaded Ghana 9-8 on penalties in Sunday’s final in Bata.

Feb 9, 2015

Ivory Coast win African Nations Cup on penalties

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Ivory Coast finally won the African Nations Cup after a decade of close calls as they edged neighbours Ghana 9-8 on penalties after a goalless draw following extra time in Sunday’s final at Estadio de Bata.

Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry converted the decisive spot kick to deliver the trophy for a country who had been heavily fancied for the previous five tournaments but flopped in all of them.

Feb 7, 2015

No case of family revenge for Ghana’s Ayew brothers

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Feb 7 (Reuters) – - Andre Ayew wasted no time on Saturday rebuffing any talk of revenge on behalf of his father when he plays for Ghana against the Ivory Coast in Sunday’s African Nations Cup final.

The storyline of French-based Ayew brothers Andre and Jordan winning the title which eluded their father Abedi Pele when the two countries last met in the final, in 1992, was probed by reporters.

Feb 7, 2015

Soccer-No case of family revenge for Ghana’s Ayew brothers

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Andre Ayew wasted no time on Saturday rebuffing any talk of revenge on behalf of his father when he plays for Ghana against the Ivory Coast in Sunday’s African Nations Cup final.

The storyline of French-based Ayew brothers Andre and Jordan winning the title which eluded their father Abedi Pele when the two countries last met in the final, in 1992, was probed by reporters.

Feb 7, 2015

Expect quality Nations Cup final, says Grant

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Feb 7 (Reuters) – – Ghana coach Avram Grant predicted a quality African Nations Cup final on Sunday when his side take on neighbours Ivory Coast in one of the continent’s age-old rivalries.

“We have seen quality players and quality football through this tournament but we can expect even more. There are a lot of good players in both line-ups and I think because of that we can expect a quality final,” Grant told reporters on Saturday.