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World Cup news Nov 18, 2013
Oct 17, 2014

South Africa unlikely to host African Nations Cup should Morocco bow out

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has questioned whether or not the African Cup of Nations should take place this February, while Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has taken special precautions with his African players.

JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa is reluctant to step in as a last-minute host for next year's African Nations Cup, citing fears over Ebola and the unplanned cost of holding the event.

In a statement Friday, the South African sports ministry says "there are just too many factors to consider for South Africa."

The ministry hasn't yet been officially asked by the South African Football Association to consider hosting the tournament, but says Ebola is a concern.

SAFA has been approached by the Confederation...

Oct 8, 2014

Reinhard Rauball: Extra World Cup berth for Africa is 'unreasonable'

FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger has revealed that Europe are set to lose a starting berth at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

German Football League (DFL) president Reinhard Rauball has warned that providing the African confederation (CAF) with an extra World Cup berth could be unreasonable.

On Tuesday, FIFA executive member Theo Zwanziger revealed that UEFA could lose one of its places at the 2018 finals, and that CAF could profit from it as they are under-represented under the current formula.

The 56 CAF associations have a total of five starting berths at the World Cup, while the 54 UEFA members, so far, have a guaranteed...

Oct 3, 2014

Ethiopia drops bid for 2017 African Cup

Ethiopia has dropped its bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Ethiopia has dropped its bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations, and will focus instead on the next available tournament in 2025, the president of the country's football federation said.

Junedin Basha said the East African country decided against running as the replacement for Libya after meeting with Confederation of African Football officials.

CAF wants a country...

Oct 2, 2014

FIFA recognizes Nigerian federation elections

Nigeria missed out an excellent opportunity to take the lead in the Women's U-20 World Cup final after Asisat Oshoala's header was tapped in on the goal line.

ABUJA, Nigeria -- FIFA has recognized this week's Nigeria Football Federation elections and says it has sent a letter congratulating new president Amaju Pinnick.

Pinnick was elected on Tuesday after months of turmoil in Nigerian football. The country -- the current African champion -- was banned temporarily from internationals by FIFA for government interference and threatened with a second suspension if it didn't organize credible elections. FIFA said on Thursday it has been notified of the results...

Sep 22, 2014

Nigeria federation to hold elections on Sept. 30

ABUJA, Nigeria -- The Nigerian football federation says it will hold elections to choose a new leadership on Sept. 30.

- Keshi calls it quits
- FIFA lifts Nigeria ban

The elections will be overseen by outgoing NFF president Aminu Maigari, who was twice forced out of office in recent months and reinstated after intervention by FIFA.

Nigeria, the African champion, was banned from international football for nine days in July for government interference after the sports ministry backed Maigari's removal....