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Five African Nations Championship facts

Rabat, Morocco | AFP | Five facts about the African Nations Championship (CHAN), which begins in Morocco Saturday: — A total of 242 goals have been scored during the previous four tournaments in the Ivory Coast, Sudan, South Africa and Rwanda at an average of 2.16 per match. — Tunisia …

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Salah set to kick off Africa’s year with award

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | In a World Cup year, African football has plenty to look forward to, but it will open 2018 with a glance back at the achievements of one of its stars. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is expected to be crowned African Player of the Year in Ghana …

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Nigerian clubs must clear steep CAF hurdles

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Nigerian clubs Plateau United and Mountain of Fire and Miracles must clear intimidating hurdles if they are to reach the 2018 CAF Champions League group stage. The draw for the preliminary and first rounds in Cairo Wednesday delivered both debutants in the elite African …

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Rwanda qualify despite only drawing at home

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | 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 …

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Zaha ready for Ivory Coast do-or-die World Cup bow

Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP | Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha will make his long-awaited debut for Ivory Coast in a do-or-die World Cup qualifier against Morocco on November 11. The 24-year-old has never played for the African nation which he left with his family when he was just four. However, …

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Tau stars as South Africa get vital victory

Soweto, South Africa | AFP | Percy Tau starred for a much-changed and much-improved South Africa in a crucial 3-1 victory over Burkina Faso Saturday in a 2018 World Cup Africa zone qualifier in Soweto. The diminutive winger scored the first goal after 48 seconds, played a role in the second, …

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Ahly tackle another Tunisian giant in semis

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Having slayed one Tunisian giant, Al Ahly of Egypt tackle another this weekend in pursuit of a record-extending ninth CAF Champions League title. The Cairo club shocked Esperance in Tunis last weekend, coming from behind to triumph 2-1 through goals from Tunisian Ali Maaloul and …

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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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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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