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Oct 26, 2014

South Africa captain Meyiwa shot dead say police

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa has died after being shot on Sunday following a dispute with two men, South African police said.

A police statement said the Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was shot after two men entered a house in Vosloorus, a township near Johannesburg where he was visiting, at about 8pm local time (1800 GMT), while another man remained outside.

Oct 26, 2014

Soccer-South Africa captain Meyiwa shot dead say police

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 26 (Reuters) – South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa has died after being shot on Sunday following a dispute with two men, South African police said.

A police statement said the Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was shot after two men entered a house in Vosloorus, a township near Johannesburg where he was visiting, at about 8pm local time (1800 GMT), while another man remained outside.

Oct 17, 2014

African players in Europe feel Ebola backlash

CAPE TOWN, Oct 17 (Reuters) – African footballers based at European clubs, especially those travelling back to the continent from international duty, began on Friday to feel the backlash from fears over the Ebola virus outbreak.

A Sierra Leone player has been asked to stay away from his Greek club after competing in African Nations Cup qualifiers while former French champions Montpellier ordered a player to have medical tests on his return from the continent.

Oct 17, 2014

Soccer-African players in Europe feel Ebola backlash

CAPE TOWN, Oct 17 (Reuters) – African footballers based at European clubs, especially those travelling back to the continent from international duty, began on Friday to feel the backlash from fears over the Ebola virus outbreak.

A Sierra Leone player has been asked to stay away from his Greek club after competing in African Nations Cup qualifiers while former French champions Montpellier ordered a player to have medical tests on his return from the continent.

Oct 17, 2014

Soccer-Morocco play down Nations Cup postponement call

CAPE TOWN, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Morocco have played down talk of next year’s African Nations Cup being cancelled, while South Africa gave a lukewarm response on Friday to a suggestion they could step in as hosts.

Morocco stunned African football last week when they asked that the Jan. 17-Feb. 8 tournament be postponed overs fears that travelling supporters could put the country at greater risk from the Ebola epidemic.

Oct 15, 2014

Algeria, Cape Verde through to Nations Cup finals

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The tiny Cape Verde Islands became the first country to book a place at next year’s African Nations Cup finals and were joined by Algeria after Wednesday’s round of qualifiers across the continent.

A 75th-minute goal from Heldon gave Cape Verde a 1-0 home win over Mozambique in Praia for their third victory in four games and a guaranteed a top-two finish in Group F while Algeria overcame Malawi 3-0 in Blida to keep up their 100 percent record in Group B.

Oct 15, 2014

Soccer-Algeria, Cape Verde through to Nations Cup finals

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The tiny Cape Verde Islands became the first country to book a place at next year’s African Nations Cup finals and were joined by Algeria after Wednesday’s round of qualifiers across the continent.

A 75th-minute goal from Heldon gave Cape Verde a 1-0 home win over Mozambique in Praia for their third victory in four games and a guaranteed a top-two finish in Group F while Algeria overcame Malawi 3-0 in Blida to keep up their 100 percent record in Group B.

Oct 12, 2014

Holders Nigeria suffer another Nations Cup setback

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Holders Nigeria suffered another shock defeat in African Nations Cup qualifying on Saturday when a 1-0 loss to Sudan left them facing the possibility of missing out on the chance to defend their title next year.

Nigeria, who won the tournament in 2013, have only a single point at the halfway stage of qualifying and will need to win their remaining three Group A games to stand any chance of playing at the finals in Morocco in January.

Oct 11, 2014

Soccer-Holders Nigeria suffer another Nations Cup setback

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Holders Nigeria suffered another shock defeat in African Nations Cup qualifying on Saturday when a 1-0 loss to Sudan left them facing the possibility of missing out on the chance to defend their title next year.

Nigeria, who won the tournament in 2013, have only a single point at the halfway stage of qualifying and will need to win their remaining three Group A games to stand any chance of playing at the finals in Morocco in January.

Oct 6, 2014

Rebuff for African sides seeking European talent

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – African countries seeking to strengthen their squads for the African Nations Cup from the ranks of European-born talent have been handed an unusual and multiple brush off over the last days.

Bids to convince several exciting new players to pledge their international futures to the African country of their ancestry have been headed off in what could be the start of a more proactive approach from Europe to guard against poaching of their prospects. World champions Germany last week called up Karim Bellarabi to their squad for their Euro 2016 qualifiers in Poland and at home to Ireland, effectively stymying a bid by Morocco to have him play for them.