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Category: Africa

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Africa Cup of Nations needs action on field to provide good news | Nick Ames

The best players have made it to Egypt and some new names should make the tournament tight and competitiveThe blue and orange seats of Cairo International Stadium make an attractive spectacle and the playing surface, at least when set against the feroc…

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Gay rugby player faces deportation to Kenya as asylum claim rejected

Kenneth Macharia fears he will be subjected to persecution and violence if forced to leave UKA gay rugby player who is facing deportation to Kenya, where he fears he will be subjected to persecution and violence because of his sexuality, has had a fres…

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‘You get used to the gunfire’ – filming the Libyan women’s football team

Denounced on TV, they train at secret locations watched by armed guards. We meet the woman from Hastings who made a fascinating film about Libya’s guttsiest football squad‘Just what our country needs!” rails the imam sarcastically on Libyan TV. “A wome…

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Aubameyang, Mané and Salah’s Golden Boot ‘good sign for Africa’

• Arsenal forward proud to share award with Liverpool duo• Aubameyang says it took time to settle in English footballPierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted his pride at sharing the Golden Boot with Liverpool’s Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah and insisted …

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Caster Semenya ruling ‘tramples on dignity’ of athletes, South Africa says

Olympian receives strong backing from South African government and fellow athletesSouth Africans have expressed widespread support for the double Olympic champion Caster Semenya, who will run her last 800m on Friday before the imposition of controversi…

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Mo Farah v Haile Gebrselassie: row, recriminations and what next?

A hotel room theft, blackmail and a gym brawl are among the accusations thrown in a very public falling out between two athletics greats who were once friendsA sedate Wednesday morning press conference for this weekend’s London marathon appeared to be …

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FIFA Foundation Community Programme – in pictures

Star striker Samuel Eto’o represented the UNHCR Sport and Cooperation Network in Cameroon to coach child refugees from neighbouring Central African Republic, part-funded by the Fifa Foundation Continue reading…

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Corruption, murder and how Ghana’s football has ground to a halt

It is eight months since Ghana’s last domestic game after a bribery scandal exposé that may have led to a journalist’s assassinationAt 4:49pm, the final whistle of an outstanding top flight match between AshantiGold and Aduana Stars was blown in the mi…

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Journalist who exposed football corruption shot dead in Ghana

Exposés by Ahmed Husein, who died in Accra, had also lifted lid on corruption in judicial systemAn undercover Ghanaian journalist who helped expose corruption in African football has been shot dead in Accra.Ahmed Husein was part of a team led by award-…

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Cameroon stripped of right to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Preparation delays and security situation behind decisionMorocco touted as replacement host for June tournamentCameroon has been stripped of the right to host next year’s Africa Cup of Nations after serious delays with its preparations and in the midst…

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Cameroon stripped of right to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Preparation delays and security situation behind decisionMorocco touted as replacement host for June tournamentCameroon has been stripped of the right to host next year’s Africa Cup of Nations after serious delays with its preparations and in the midst…

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South Africa aim to make history against Nigeria in women’s Afcon final | Aanu Adeoye

Perennial winners Nigeria face a challenge to their dominance from Desiree Ellis’s vibrant young South Africa side in Saturday’s final in Ghana“Last time we cried and really I don’t want us to do that again,” Cameroon’s assistant manager Bernadette Ano…

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Six years after the Port Said riot, Egypt’s fans return to the stadiums

Supporters are allowed to watch domestic games regularly for the first time since 2012 but they have to give details to the security services – and chanting could be monitoredWhen Egyptian spectators returned to the stands for a match between Zamalek F…

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Mohamed Salah blames Egypt’s FA for hampering World Cup preparations

Liverpool star says celebrities were among ‘many disturbances’ at team’s Chechen training baseThe Liverpool and Egypt footballer Mohamed Salah has accused the Egyptian Football Association of hampering the country’s World Cup preparations in Russia ear…

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Boris Becker defends his diplomatic status in passport row

Former tennis star says as son of refugee he has strong feeling for African continentBoris Becker has insisted he takes his duties as a diplomat for the Central African Republic seriously, despite the country’s foreign secretary saying the tennis playe…

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Alan Sugar under fire over ‘racist’ Senegal World Cup team tweet

Peer apologises after comparing players to people selling bags and sunglasses on beaches in tweet BBC calls ‘seriously misjudged’Alan Sugar has been criticised for posting a tweet about the Senegal World Cup squad that compared the players to people se…

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Rwanda’s £30m Arsenal sponsorship divides opinion

The deal with the football club will pay for itself in increased tourism, insist officialsAnyone confused as to why Rwanda chose to spend £30m putting its name on the sleeve of Arsenal’s football shirts could begin to answer their question by looking a…

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Why Sadio Mané bought 300 Liverpool shirts for his village in Senegal

The forward has bought 300 shirts for his native village of Bambali, where he watched the 2005 Champions League final. ‘Do not be 3-0 down’ is the instruction from homeThree hundred Liverpool shirts have been sent to the small Senegalese village of Bam…

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Sierra Leonean athlete can stay in UK after three-year legal fight

Jimmy Thoronka, who was found sleeping rough a year after competing at Commonwealth Games, granted leave to remainA Sierra Leonean sprinter who absconded from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and was found sleeping rough on the streets of Lond…

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Mo Salah scores again as boots enter British Museum collection

Donation of record-breaking Liverpool player’s mint green footwear part of Egypt projectA pair of Mohamed Salah’s mint green football boots are to enter the collection of the British Museum, to be displayed next to ancient Egyptian sandals in a gallery…