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FIFA says banned referee had six-year match-fixing history

Joseph Lamptey
Joseph Lamptey's history of match-fixing has been detailed in court proceedings.

A FIFA investigation linked a referee accused of match-fixing a World Cup qualifier in 2016 to "numerous publicly documented scandals" in the previous six years.

FIFA investigators said Joseph Lamptey of Ghana had "a history of being suspended for poor performances" before being banned for life and typically awarded more penalties than other African referees of his grade.

A common match-fixing tactic is for referees to award penalty kicks after non-existent fouls or handball incidents to help betting...

Ranking the prospects of Africa's contenders after World Cup draw

Africa's five sides learned their fates in Friday's group-stage draw, but what are the quintet's chances of reaching the World Cup knockout stages now that we know their opening opponents?

Here's how we rank the continent's representatives in light of Friday's draw.

5. Tunisia: The Eagles of Carthage appear to be the continent's weakest representatives in Russia next summer, and their slim hopes of reaching the knockouts weren't helped by a tricky opening group.

Had they found themselves in Egypt...

Do Africa's five representatives have World Cup pedigree?

Ahead of Friday's draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, KweséESPN examine the World Cup pedigrees of Africa's five representatives for next summer's showpiece.

None of Africa's five qualifiers are new to the top table, but some have been waiting longer than most for their return to the tournament, while others can point to a more illustrious World Cup track record than their continental rivals.

Nigeria: The Super Eagles have made five previous World Cups, qualifying for every tournament...

Which African team will go furthest at the World Cup?

For perhaps the first time, Africa will send a five-team contingent to the World Cup confident that all of the quintet will be able to hold their own, and each are in with a good chance of advancing past the group stage.

This hasn't always been the case, as historically, the continent has sent representatives who simply lack the quality to compete at the global showpiece - see Togo or Angola - or who have been too racked by internal turmoil to focus on the task at hand - see Ghana or Cameroon.

Even...

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Germany stay top of FIFA World Ranking, Senegal climb to highest place

Germany will stay top of the FIFA World Ranking when the new list is published on Nov. 23.

The world champions have now held the No. 1 position for three consecutive months, and the top five remains unchanged for the second month in a row with Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium next in the ranking.

Spain climb two places to sixth, with France dropping two to ninth. That means Spain would have been in pot 1 in the World Cup finals draw on Dec. 1 had the seedings been decided on the new ranking,...