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Five reasons why Morocco are CHAN champions

Casablanca, Morocco | AFP | Morocco ended 42 years without a senior national team football trophy by hosting and winning the African Nations Championship (CHAN) for home-based footballers at the weekend. It was the first success since the country won the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations by drawing with Guinea …

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Argentina coach wants Messi fresh for World Cup

Buenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said Tuesday he expects captain and star striker Lionel Messi to arrive at the World Cup in peak form after he battled fatigue at the 2014 tournament. “We’ve spoken with Leo about what’s happening and that he doesn’t find himself in …

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Drama as Nigeria, Libya reach CHAN semi-finals

Agadir, Morocco | AFP | Nigeria clawed back from the brink of defeat to edge Angola 2-1 after extra time on Sunday in cold, windy Tangiers and book an African Nations Championship (CHAN) semi-final against Sudan. In the last quarter-final, former champions Libya pipped Congo Brazzaville 5-3 on penalties after …

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El Kaabi makes CHAN history as Morocco win

Casablanca, Morocco | AFP | Ayoub el Kaabi created African Nations Championship (CHAN) history Saturday with the goal that set up hosts Morocco for a 2-0 victory over Namibia in a one-sided Casablanca quarter-final. When the 24-year-old netted during the first half it brought his tournament tally to six goals, …

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Congo Brazzaville qualify as Cameroon bow out

Agadir, Morocco | AFP | Congo Brazzaville became the fifth country to qualify for the African Nations Championship quarter-finals by beating Burkina Faso Saturday, while Cameroon were eliminated after losing to Angola. Substitute Georges Bidimbou scored with a close-range header during the second minute of stoppage time to clinch a …

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Nigeria, Rwanda share lead after narrow wins

Tangiers, Morocco | AFP | Solitary goals brought Nigeria and Rwanda African Nations Championship victories after tight matches in Morocco on Friday, and a share of the Group C lead. Sunday Faleye scored after a corner to give Nigeria a 1-0 win over Libya in a foul-littered first match of …

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IOC steps up drug tests ahead of Winter Games

Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP | More than 14,000 anti-doping tests on more than 6,000 athletes have been conducted in the lead up to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang next month, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday. The tests, conducted between April and December 2017, represent a 70 percent increase on …

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