Reuters Soccer Blog

FIFA fails to act in naturalisation row

November 3, 2011

FIFA has failed to act on allegations that Burkina Faso flouted rules on fielding foreign-born players on their way to qualifying for the African Nations Cup.

Egyptian soccer at a crossroads as Bradley jets in

September 17, 2011

Cairo giants Al Ahli’s elimination from the African Champions League at the weekend is the latest blow for soccer in Egypt and their golden generation.

Politics plays its part at the African Nations Cup

January 17, 2010


Being in Cabinda for the African Nations Cup should have been fun. At first, it was not, to say the least. The Togo team bus came under fire, with the assistant coach and a press officer being shot to death by a group of separatists as they were on their way to Cabinda from Pointe Noire, Congo.

Another Angola collapse and crowds could plummet

January 13, 2010

African Nations Cup organisers will be bundle of nerves over the next 24 hours, contemplating the fate of host nation in the tournament.

UPDATE: Should the African Nations Cup be called off?

January 9, 2010

UPDATE:  The death toll has risen to three. The bus driver died on Friday and an assistant coach and press officer died on Saturday. Togo appear to have pulled out. 

African Nations Cup may be a tough ask for foreign visitors

January 8, 2010

SOCCER-AFRICA/NATIONSHosting major sports events is usually seen as a golden opportunity to showcase the country, improve the infrastructure and attract foreign visitors. Angola, which has spent an estimated $1 billion to stage this month’s African Nations Cup, seems to be an exception.