Sunday 10 December 2017
(AFP (eng) 12/06/17)
Nigeria's Super Eagles are set to play England in a World Cup warm-up game in June, the general secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Mohammed Sanusi has said. "We plan to play a friendly against England in June, before the World Cup," he said, adding that the venue and other details of the match were still to be worked out. Both Nigeria and England will feature at next year’s World Cup in Russia. The Super Eagles are drawn in Group D along with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland, while England are in Group G with Belgium, Panama and Tunisia. Both countries have clashed once at this level, in November 1995, when England won 1-0 at...
(AFP (eng) 12/06/17)
Rwanda will be seeking to put their Cecafa Cup campaign back on track against Libya when the two teams meet on Thursday in a prelude to next year's CHAN finals in Morocco. Champions for the only time in 1999, Rwanda are at risk of bowing out of the tournament without a win after back-to-back defeats against Kenya and Zanzibar in Group A. German coach Antoine Hey has had the chance to study all 23 of his players after completely reshuffling the team that lost 2-0 to Kenya for Tuesday's 3-1 reverse against Zanzibar. "We don’t have any other chance to prepare for CHAN (African Nations Championship) and this is our chance to give every player a platform and for us...
(AFP (eng) 12/04/17)
The country is chronically unstable and gripped by militia violence, its unpaved streets are a rush of crazy traffic -- and for the vast majority of its impoverished citizens, a new bike is a laughable dream. But nothing deters the plucky racing cyclists of Central African Republic (CAR). At dawn, in dusty Bangui, a peloton weaves around white troop carriers of the UN force in a training session as part of efforts to revive the competitive sport in a nation...
(AFP (eng) 12/04/17)
Hosts Kenya scored two first-half goals to beat 10-man Rwanda to launch their Cecafa Challenge Cup campaign on Sunday. The Kenyans could have won by an even bigger margin at the newly refurbished Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, in Western Kenya, but for the performance of Rwandan goalkeeper Eric Ndashimiye. Masoud Juma scored the opening goal on 25 minutes after Rwanda defender Kayumba Soter conceded a penalty. Duncan Otieno doubled the lead on 38 minutes following a slick exchange with AFC...
(AFP (eng) 11/29/17)
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has been given a new two-year contract after guiding the country to the World Cup finals, the country's football association announced on Tuesday. "He has done very well and does not need to go into the World Cup uncertain of his future," said Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The 64-year-old Rohr oversaw the Super Eagles' qualification for Russia in October, when Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi scored the only goal in a 1-0...
(AFP (eng) 11/27/17)
India's captain and star batsman Virat Kohli will be rested for the one-day matches against Sri Lanka after the ongoing Test series ends, selectors said Monday. Kohli has stepped up calls in recent weeks for a break from cricket because of a packed calendar. India, the world's top Test nation, start a demanding tour of South Africa in January. "I'm not a robot, you can slice my skin and check if I still bleed," Kohli said before the Sri Lanka...
(AFP (eng) 11/24/17)
At the 2012 London Olympics, before 80,000 roaring fans and a constellation of camera flashes, it took Oscar Pistorius 45.44 seconds to become a global icon. The South African's sprint around the 400m track was the first time in history that a double-amputee had raced at the Olympic Games. The race capped an Olympian triumph over adversity for Pistorius. His journey from disabled child to world-class athlete seemed to embody the very best of sporting endeavour and the human spirit...
(AFP (eng) 11/24/17)
A South African appeals court on Friday more than doubled Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius' sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, bringing it up to 13 years and five months. Here is a timeline of events following the shooting on Valentine's Day in 2013, in a case that shocked the world. - Shot four times - February 14, 2013: Police arrest the Olympic and Paralympic sprinter for killing Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model, who was shot four times at his Pretoria...
(AFP (eng) 11/22/17)
The Nigeria Football Federation will pay players and officials a total of $2.4 million as a bonus for securing qualification for the World Cup in Russia, a spokesman said Wednesday. "The NFF have agreed to give the team $2.4 million out of the $8 million we are expecting from FIFA," said Ademola Olajire. The NFF have also agreed other payments and benefits to the team to avoid a pay row that marred Nigeria's participation at the 2014 World Cup in...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
Nigeria captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa has warned against complacency as they seek to shed an underachievers tag at African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournaments. Considered one of the favourites for the 2018 title in the competition for home-based stars, Nigeria were placed in Group C with Libya, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea. Nigeria failed to qualify for the first two of four previous tournaments, then finished third in 2014 before making a shock exit after the first round last year. Many Nigerian supporters...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/17)
Nigeria were grouped with former title-holders Libya, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea when the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) draw was made in Rabat Friday. The Nigerians are making a third consecutive appearance in the biennial tournament for home-based footballers, which Morocco will stage between January 12 and February 4. They finished third in 2014 in South Africa, but failed to reach the knockout phase in Rwanda last year. Libya are the only former champions in the 16-team field having triumphed...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/17)
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have agreed to move next year's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to October to allow the continent's World Cup finalists play friendlies in March. Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco are the five African teams for Russia 2018. "African teams to the World Cup will now have the March 2018 FIFA international days for friendly games after the CAF executive committee approved a proposal by Nigeria for 2019 AFCON qualifiers fixed for that period...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Former World cross country champion Japhet Korir of Kenya will return to competition in Leffrinckoucke town in France during the 28th Cross de l'Acier race on Nov 19. On the women side Margaret Kipkemboi, who was fifth at the London 5km race, will be the athlete to beat. She will however face stiff challenge from Ethiopia's Hiwot Ayalew with Daisy Jepkemoi of Kenya. Korir, who lost his chance to defend his crown in Kampala earlier this year, is hopeful the...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
The Egyptian Chess Federation invites Chinese grandmasters to join a new international competition that will be held in February 2018 at the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, the federation chief told Xinhua in an interview in Cairo. "We will hold the first version of Sharm el-Sheikh international chess competition on Feb. 16-27, 2018, with total rewards up to 30,000 U.S. dollars," said Hesham al-Gendy, president of the federation. "We would like to invite Chinese chess grandmasters to join...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Somalia and Sudan have withdrawn from the regional 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, with hosts Kenya being drawn to face stiff competition from invited team, Libya, and neighbouring rival Tanzania. The organizers also announced in Nairobi on Thursday that the other invited side, Zimbabwe, will travel for the regional tournament whose start has been pushed back to Dec. 3 despite the political turmoil in that country. Cecafa Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye said the remaining 10 teams had been placed in...
(AFP (eng) 11/15/17)
Belgian coach Marc Wilmots parted ways with Ivory Coast Wednesday after failing to help the west African country to qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia. Ivory Coast lost their decisive World Cup match 2-0 to Morocco on Saturday, leading to talks between the federation and Wilmots. "At the end of talks, the two parties agreed to amicably end their collaboration, all the while praising the good atmosphere during the six months of work together," the federation said. Ex-Belgium...
(AFP (eng) 11/14/17)
The Confederation of African Football will meet soon to discuss a proposal for African World Cup qualifiers to play friendlies during the FIFA window in March, a Nigerian official said Tuesday. Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia will be Africa’s five flag bearers at Russia next year. However, all five teams will be engaged in AFCON 2019 in the next FIFA window in March and this will be the last window before the World Cup in June in Russia. Super...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
The violence that broke out late Saturday in central Brussels after the qualification of the Moroccan national football team for the next World Cup injured 22 police officers, police told Belga news agency. Riot police were sent out to control a crowd of about 300 people after the final whistle, at one point firing water canon at small groups of stone-throwing revellers. "Unacceptable aggression in the centre of Brussels -- living together means respect, also for the police who are...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/13/17)
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Celebrations in Brussels to mark Morocco’s return to soccer’s World Cup finals for the first time in two decades turned violent late on Saturday, when crowds clashed with police, setting cars on fire and injuring 22 police officers. Images on social media showed overturned, burning cars and broken shop windows in Brussels city center as well as police trucks firing water cannons at crowds gathered in front of the city’s stock exchange. Brussels police said that of...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
Rwanda filled the final place at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) Sunday despite only drawing 0-0 in Kigali against Ethiopia in the second leg of a play-off. The Rwandans qualified 3-2 on aggregate having won the first leg by that score in Addis Ababa last weekend. Egypt withdrew from the competition for home-based footballers, citing the refusal of clubs to release players, and this gave Rwanda and Ethiopia a second chance to qualify. Both countries had lost in the...

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