Massive weekend of African Nations Cup qualifiers

Ghana and Senegal scored away success in the African Nations Cup qualifiers on Saturday but for other of the continent’s footballing heavyweight it proved a tough weekend with Nigeria drawing, and South Africa and Tunisia beaten. There was a historic first-ever victory for South Sudan, who beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0 at home after failing to

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Crucial AFCON qualifiers for COSAFA nations this weekend

COSAFA nations will resume their bid to qualify for the 2017 African Nations Cup this weekend when the second round of qualification matches is played. Angola will look to build on their solid start that saw them defeat Central African Republic 4-0 when they travel to Southern African rivals Madagascar on Sunday. The Malagasy were

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FIFA Rankings show importance of COSAFA Cup

The COSAFA Cup 2015 was a great triumph on many levels for a number of sides from the Southern African region, not least as a boost to their FIFA World Rankings. As the competition matches were classed as ‘A’ internationals by FIFA, these therefore counted towards rankings points and gave some nations the opportunity to

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COSAFA nations enter FIFA World Cup draw

COSAFA nations, bar Zimbabwe, will know their fate on Saturday when the draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification competition is made in St Petersburg, Russia. They are among a record 53 nations from the continent who have entered the preliminaries with only Zimbabwe left out after being banned for failing to pay a

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Lesotho the big winners in CHAN qualifiers

Lesotho scored perhaps the biggest surprise of the preliminary round of qualifying for the 2016 African Nations Championship when they ousted Botswana from the competition. Twelve COSAFA nations were in action in the qualifiers over the weekend, but it was Lesotho who were most impressive as they came away with a 1-1 draw from Botswana

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Namibia get boost with 2-1 Zambia win

Coachless Namibia got the result of the weekend as they defeated Zambia 2-1 in the first leg of their 2016 African Nations Championship qualifier. After leading them to the COSAFA Cup title in South Africa last month, coach Ricardo Mannetti sensationally resigned last week, leaving Ronnie Kanalelo in temporary charge of the side. Zambia took

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