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Aug 23, 2014

Libya withdraw as 2017 Cup hosts

Violence-plagued Libya conceded the country won't be able to host the African Cup of Nations in 2017 because of security concerns, throwing organisers into a frantic rush Saturday to find a new venue for the continent's top football tournament.

After announcing Libya's withdrawal as host, the Confederation of African Football gave countries interested in hosting in Libya's place until the end of September -- barely a month -- to submit their bids.

Algeria, Cameroon, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Zambia...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Aug 11, 2014

Ebola fear may see Toga game moved

The Togo Football Federation admit they are "scared" of the Ebola virus and want their African Cup of Nations game moved away from Guinea after more than 300 people have died from the outbreak in the country, reports the BBC.

- Moonda: African football gets TV boost
- Didier Drogba retires from Ivory Coast

The first-round qualifying match is due to be played on Sep. 5 or 6, and though the scheduling responsibility lies with the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the national squad may be prevented...

Nov 14, 2013

Spain's Cazorla wants focus on football

Santi Cazorla says Spain’s players are trying to keep out of the continuing controversy around Saturday’s friendly in Equatorial Guinea.

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Vicente del Bosque and his Spain players have been caught up in a political storm ahead of their friendly against Equatorial Guinea.

• Ramos bemoans Spain schedule
• Bartra replaces Cesc in squad

The decision of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to play the game has been widely criticised by...

Nov 12, 2013

Spain accused over 'indecent' friendly

The Spanish national side has been accused of offering support to Equatorial Guinea’s dictatorial regime by agreeing to play Saturday’s friendly in Malabo.

Teodoro Obiang has been in power in Equatorial Guinea since 1979.
Teodoro Obiang has been in power in Equatorial Guinea since 1979.

The controversial fixture was only announced last week after other plans for Spain to play a game in nearby Gabon, or against Russia in Dubai, fell through.

Equatorial Guinea co-organised the 2012 African Nations Cup with Gabon, but has never hosted a visiting European side. Under long-serving dictator...