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World Cup Qualifying - CAF

Confederation of African Football bans Nigerian goalkeeper, hands out fines

CAIRO -- A Nigerian goalkeeper was banned for a year for spitting at an assistant referee and clubs were handed fines totaling $85,000 in disciplinary decisions announced by the Confederation of African Football on Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Tejiri Rhiogbere was given the 12-month ban from all African competitions following CAF's disciplinary committee meeting on Sunday. CAF said it would also forward Rhiogbere's case to FIFA to possibly make his ban worldwide.

The spitting incident happened in Nigerian...

CAF clears Ebola-free Liberia to host football games again

CAIRO -- The Confederation of African Football has cleared Liberia to host international football games again after it was declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization.

It means Liberia will be able to play at home in 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifying, which begins next month, and 2018 World Cup qualifying later in the year.

However, CAF's announcement on Friday also noted that Guinea and Sierra Leone, the two other West African nations most-affected by the Ebola outbreak, cannot...

Tom Saintfiet agrees two-year deal as Togo coach

LOME, Togo -- Tom Saintfiet has been given a two-year contract to coach the Togo national team.

The Belgian had been in charge on a temporary basis after Tchakala Tchanile's contract was not renewed last year following the failure to qualify for this year's African Nations Cup.

Togo Football Federation interim head Antoine Folly says Saintfiet will have former international defender Jean Paul Abolo as his assistant coach.

The 43-year-old Saintfiet has previously coached Namibia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia...

Will FIFA's new passport eligibility rules have the desired effect?

Will the new rules avoid future situations such as that which Herve Zengue, left, faced several years ago?

FIFA announced this week that all players involved in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup will be required to produce a valid passport 24 hours before kickoff or they will not be allowed to take the field.

It is a move targeted specifically the member nations of CAF, among whom were the only countries to field ineligible players during qualifying for the last tournament.

Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Liberia, Sudan and Togo all broke eligibility rules during 2014 World Cup qualification...

CAS lifts Morocco ban from African Nations Cup

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Morocco have been cleared to play in the next two editions of the African Nations Cup after the Court of Arbitration for Sport lifted the ban imposed by the Confederation of African Football on Thursday.

The North-African nation was expelled from the 2017 and 2019 tournaments and was fined $1 million by the CAF, which also demanded a further $9 million in compensation, after the country pulled out because of the Ebola epidemic.

Although it acknowledged Morocco's decision...