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Nigeria set to qualify, Ghana, S. Africa in trouble

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Nigeria hammered African champions Cameroon Friday to virtually seal a 2018 World Cup place, but Ghana drew and South Africa lost to suffer serious qualifying setbacks. Current and former Chelsea midfielders Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel scored one goal and created another as Nigeria …

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US in peril as Urena double delivers for Costa Rica

Harrison, United States | AFP | Costa Rica striker Marco Urena scored twice to leave the United States’ World Cup qualification hopes in jeopardy here Friday as the 2014 quarter-finalists grabbed a 2-0 away victory. San Jose Earthquakes forward Urena exposed slack defending in the US back four in the 30th …

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Kane’s double saves England blushes

Valletta, Malta | AFP | Harry Kane scored a brace to help Gareth Southgate’s lacklustre England to a 4-0 win over minnows Malta in their 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday. Kane opened the score early in the second-half but three goals inside the last 10 minutes put a brighter …

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South Korea captain blames fans over draw

Seoul, South Korea | AFP | South Korea’s captain has upset his team’s fans by blaming them for disrupting on-field communications during a home draw with Iran that left their World Cup hopes in the balance. The 0-0 against 10-man South Korea national football teamleaves the Taeguk Warriors having to defeat …

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Brazil on top as Chile, Argentina struggle

Montevideo, Uruguay | AFP | Philippe Coutinho shrugged off his transfer disappointment with a goal as Brazil beat Ecuador to guarantee top spot in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualifying race on Thursday while Chile and Argentina stumbled once more. Liverpool star Coutinho, who had seen his hopes of a dream …

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Cameroon need four points to avoid doom – Broos

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Cameroon coach Hugo Broos admits their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign is doomed if they do not take at least four points off Nigeria in back-to-back clashes. The Group B rivals meet in southeastern Nigerian city Uyo this Friday and in Cameroonian capital Yaounde three …

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Another CHAN shock as Ghana crash

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Burkina Faso upset Ghana 2-1 Sunday as a shock-riddled weekend of 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying continued. Defending champions the Democratic Republic of Congo and the team they beat in the 2016 final, Mali, were dumped out of the competition for home-based footballers Saturday. …

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Uganda pips Rwanda, Champs DR Congo make shock exit

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Title-holders the Democratic Republic of Congo were shock African Nations Championship victims Saturday after being held 1-1 at home by neighbours Congo Brazzaville. The defending champions bowed out on away goals after a goalless first leg of the final round eliminator in Brazzaville last weekend. …

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Moses leads Nigeria to another World Cup win

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Victor Moses opened and closed the scoring as Nigeria overcame Algeria 3-1 Saturday to take charge of their group in 2018 World Cup qualifying. Captain John Obi Mikel, a Chelsea team-mate of Moses, was also on target for Nigeria at a packed Uyo stadium …

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