Saturday 21 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/20/17)
Nigerian football bosses have promised to conclude talks on World Cup win bonuses by the end of the year, to avoid a repeat of protests that have dogged the team in previous finals. The Super Eagles deliberately missed a training session in Brazil in 2014 in protest at the non-payment of a bonus for qualifying. Coach Gernot Rohr has said a similar situation would "be bad for our preparation", with the team already through to the tournament in Russia next year. Now, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said it would "ensure that negotiations with the players... are firmly concluded and agreement signed before the end of the year". That would help "stable preparations and credible...
(Xinhuanet 10/19/17)
Kenya will tackle the opening two legs of the 2017-18 World Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town, South Africa without their skipper, Andrew Amonde, who has been ruled out with injury. Amonde confirmed on Wednesday he has undergone successful surgery to repair the hernia injury he sustained while playing for his domestic side, KCB RFC at last weekend's Christie 7s ruling him out of the series openers in Dec. "I will not recover in time for Dubai and Cape Town and I feel terrible about it but there is nothing that can be done," the mainstay of the side who is expected to be out for at least two months, rued. Amonde, who is eying a return during the...
(AFP 10/16/17)
L'ancien joueur vedette de l'Algérie, Rabah Madjer, pourrait prendre les rênes de la sélection nationale la semaine prochaine, a annoncé vendredi le vice-président de la Fédération (FAF) Bachir Ould Zmirli. "Rabah Madjer fait partie de techniciens susceptibles de diriger l'équipe nationale. C'est un entraineur capable de mener la sélection grâce à son vécu en tant que joueur puis entraineur", a déclaré à la radio le N.2 de la Fédération. La FAF, qui veut qu'un Algérien succède au sélectionneur espagnol Lucas...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA - Yaoundé (Cameroon) - Cameroonian champion, Clovis Kamzong Abessolo (SNH Velo Club), on Sunday, won the 17th edition of the Cycling Grand Prix Chantal Biya, named after the country’s First Lady. Out of a total of 579.3 kilometers run in 4 stages, he flashed across the finishing line, to beat the Slovak cyclists Jan Andrej Cully, Martin Mahdar and Jordy Buskermolen. He succeeds on the podium, Martial Roman, the winner of the 16th edition of this circuit which, since...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
Akwa United beat Niger Tornadoes on penalties to win their second Nigerian Cup in three years after a 0-0 draw in Sunday's final at Lagos. Striker Gabriel Okechukwu scored the decisive spot-kick in sudden death to win the shoot-out 3-2, after both teams failed to score in a drab match. Substitute Okechukwu had failed to convert the biggest chance of the day in the 85th minute, when he was clear on goal with only goalkeeper Mustapha Aliko to beat. The...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA – Lagos (Nigeria) - The Akwa United FC of Akaw Ibom State on Sunday defeated the Niger Tornadoes of Niger State 3-2 on penalties to clinch 2017 Aiteo Cup, formerly the Federation Cup. The match, which was played at the Agege Stadium in Lagos, ended goalless at regulation time and the match was settled through penalty shootout. The two teams ended the first stage of the penalty shootout on a 2-2 draw and the match entered into a sudden...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Forward Eric Ayiah scored twice as Ghana crushed India 4-0 to knock the hosts out of the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in New Delhi on Thursday. Ayiah scored a goal in each half -- in the 43rd and 52nd minute -- to lead the two-time champions into the last-16 stage of the 24-nation event. After Aiyah's dominating show, strikers Richard Danso and Emmanuel Toku piled on the agony for the hosts with goals in the 86th and the 87th minute...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Cameroonian international striker Vincent Aboubakar has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Porto until 2021, the Portuguese side announced on Thursday. The 25-year-old is Porto's top scorer so far this season with eight goals, two of which came in a 3-0 Champions League win at Monaco. Porto also acquired all of the player's economic rights by buying the remaining 60 percent from his former club Lorient for 7.2 million euros ($8.29 million). "The president (Jorge Nuno Pinto...
(APA 10/12/17)
APA-Johannesburg (South Africa) - The Competition Commission of South Africa has taken the South African Football Intermediaries Association (Safia) and 36 members of the body representing soccer agents to a tribunal in relation to alleged price-fixing in the sport. The commission referred the agents to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution following an investigation into their activities found that they were overcharging their clients by seven percent in defiance of a Fifa recommendation to charge only three percent. The body said...
(APA 10/09/17)
APA- Cairo (Egypt) - Egypt's Pharoah have qualified for the football World Cup for the first time in 27 years by beating Congo 2-1 in Alexandria on Sunday evening. The thrilling match at the city’s Borg el Arab stadium saw the Pharoahs doing just enough to edge the visitors to book their place to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was the hero after a last gasp goal which completed his brace and secured Egypt’s qualification in...
(AFP 10/06/17)
South Africa's new Global T20 league will go ahead, Cricket South Africa pledged on Friday, but it is expected to lose money for the first two seasons. No broadcast deal has yet been signed but CSA vice-president and acting chief executive Thabang Moroe said negotiations were well-advanced. "It is just a matter of agreeing the finer details," he said. Moroe said a deal in the region of US $70-80 million (60 million euros-68 million euros) was being sought, but admitted...
(AFP 10/05/17)
La Nouvelle-Zélande, déjà assurée de conserver son titre dans le Rugby Championship, va malgré tout aligner sa meilleure équipe pour la dernière journée, samedi au Cap contre l'Afrique du Sud. Ainsi, les cinq joueurs qui avaient été ménagés la semaine passée contre l'Argentine (victoire 36-10) ont été rappelés, et le sélectionneur Steve Hansen devra juste se passer de Brodie Retallick, retourné auprès des siens en raison de problèmes familiaux. Hansen a souligné que même déjà titrés, les All Blacks ne...
(AFP (eng) 10/04/17)
Relatives in Tunisia of Ahmed Hanachi, named as the knifeman who stabbed to death two women in the French city of Marseille, said Wednesday they cannot believe he was motivated by Islamist ideology. "This whole story about Daesh is impossible for me, I don't want to hear it," his father Nureddine Hanachi, a retired former waiter at a Vienna hotel, told AFP, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. "Maybe he was under the influence of drugs," when he carried out Sunday's attack on the two young cousins outside the main railway station...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/04/17)
Sohag, EGYPT (Reuters) - Turn the clock back just over half a century and a contest between two men in the ancient Egyptian martial art of tahteeb could see the loser injured, or even killed. Today however, striking is no longer permitted in this form of stick-fighting, references to which were discovered written inside ancient Egyptian tombs. In the city of Sohag which lies on the banks of Nile in central Egypt, one martial arts school is working to keep...
(AFP 10/04/17)
Nigeria host Zambia in their penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday knowing that victory would secure a sixth finals appearance since first qualifying in 1994. The 2-1 win in the reverse fixture in Ndola 12 months ago helped get the country behind a team who had failed to feature at back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations. It set the tone for the Super Eagles' excellent campaign in a tough Group B, with Nigeria not dropping points until matchday four in...
(AFP (eng) 09/30/17)
The 2018 World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal will be replayed on either November 8 or November 9, the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) said on Friday. The FSF said FIFA had decided on the possible dates for the rearranged game, with the initial 2-1 South Africa victory on November 12, 2016 having been chalked off after the match was manipulated by referee Joseph Lamptey. The Ghanaian awarded South Africa a controversial penalty in the original Group D encounter...
(Zambia Reports 09/29/17)
The Chipolopolo boys will set up base in Ghana ahead of the crucial Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup against Nigeria. According to the itinerary availed to Fazfootball.com, the local player players summoned for duty will leave for Ghana on Sunday and set up base in Accra where foreign based players will join from. On Wednesday the team will head to Nigeria ahead of Saturday’s showdown in Uyo where the match will be staged at the God’s Will Akpabio Stadium. Nigeria...
(Xinhuanet 09/29/17)
Athletics officials in Kenya have announced major changes in their local schedule in order to accommodate seven major international and continental events that will take place during the 2017/2018 calendar of events. Athletics Kenya (AK) Senior Vice-President in Charge of Competitions, Paul Mutwii, said the calendar of track and field season will commence in early November 2017 away from the traditional March date and end in April 2018. "We were compelled to make the changes because the Commonwealth Games have...
(Times Live 09/26/17)
There will be a familiar look about the Burkina Faso squad for next weekend’s Fifa World Cup qualifier against South Africa at FNB Stadium with a 24-man squad chosen‚ packed with regulars who have already had considerable experience against Bafana Bafana. The likes of Aristide Bance‚ Charles Kabore‚ Bakary Kone and the Traore brothers Alain and Bertrand are among those making the trip for the match on Saturday‚ October 7‚ But Jonathan Pitroipa will not make the trip to SA...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Nigeria on Tuesday recalled Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi for next month's crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against their main rivals Zambia. The 21-year-old was ruled out of the double-header against Cameroon earlier this month with a thigh strain, but should be fit for the next game in Uyo on October 7. The Super Eagles top Group B with 10 points and with Zambia on seven and just two rounds of matches to go a win for Nigeria puts them in...

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