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Somalia, Sudan pull out of CECAFA Cup in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Somalia and Sudan have pulled out of next month’s CECAFA Challenge Cup in Kenya, reducing the field to only 10 teams from the central, northern and southern African zones. Organisers of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) tournament said Somalia, which has …

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Italy sack Ventura, target Ancelotti

Milan, Italy | AFP | Gian Piero Ventura’s reign as Italy coach ended on Wednesday after a World Cup qualifying fiasco during which the four-time champions failed to reach next year’s finals in Russia. The 69-year-old’s fate was sealed after a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome, …

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Buffon quits as Italy suffer World Cup ‘apocalypse’

Milan, Italy | AFP |  A tearful Gianluigi Buffon quit international football as four-time champions Italy sensationally missed out on their first World Cup finals in 60 years after a playoff defeat to Sweden on Monday. Coach Gian Piero Ventura also said he would consider his future after the Azzuri …

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Uganda Cranes hold Congo to draw, set eyes on CECAFA

?? Congo 1-1 Uganda ?? (Goal Milton Karisa ) ??  Ghana  1-1  Egypt ?? Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT & AFP | Uganda ended their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign with a draw away in Brazaville courtesy of a first half goal by Milton Karisa. Marvin Baudry gave the home team an early lead that was …

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Morocco, Tunisia take different paths to Russia 2018 World Cup

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  North African nations Morocco and Tunisia took contrasting routes Saturday as they qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Morocco scored twice within five minutes through Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia during the opening half to triumph 2-0 in the Ivory Coast and …

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New boys impress as England hold Germany

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  England debutants Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek caught the eye as Gareth Southgate’s injured-ravaged side played out a 0-0 draw with world champions Germany in Friday’s Wembley friendly. Everton goalkeeper Pickford, 23, made a number of smart saves, while 21-year-old Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek, who …

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Sakho, Mane star as Senegal book World Cup slot

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  English Premier League pair Diafra Sakho and Sadio Mane played key roles as Senegal defeated South Africa 2-0 in Polokwane Friday to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. West Ham striker Sakho opened the scoring off a pass from Liverpool attacker Mane and both …

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Say hello to Telstar 18, the 2018 World Cup ball

Moscow, Russia | AFP | Several heads were left being scratched on Thursday after Russia used some hardcore techno beats in a dark auditorium decked out to look like an underground dance club to present the official 2018 World Cup ball. The orb in the spotlight followed the edgy motif of …

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DFCU gives Vipers Sh300 million sponsorship boost

Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | DFCU bank has joined the list of Vipers’ football club sponsors, handing them a Sh300 million boost for the next two years. Speaking at a press conference at the bank’s headquarters today (Nov.8), William Sekabembe, the bank’s chief of business and executive director said …

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Video ref decisions spark accusations in Germany

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Bundesliga fans are demanding the end of video assistant referee (VAR) testing in Germany as the system’s German league boss was accused of influencing matches at the weekend. The VAR is being trialled this season in Italy and Germany with football’s governing body FIFA yet to …

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