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FIFA confirm nine places for Africa

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.

  

EUROPE:

13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018 sees seven groups of six nations and two groups of five. 

Russia...

SAFA would reject Bafana Bafana vs Senegal replay

South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan says the governing body will not entertain any potential replay between Bafana Bafana and Senegal.

The World Cup qualifier back in November has come under scutiny after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was banned for life for "match manipulation". South Africa won the game in Polokwane 2-1, benefitting from a controversial penalty decision that Thulani Hlatshwayo put away.

In the light of Lamptey's ban, Senegal had asked FIFA to replay...

 By Nick Said

FIFA confirm nine places for Africa at 2026 World Cup

Africa could have as many as 10 teams competing at the 2026 World Cup after the allocation for places at the expanded 48-nation competition was ratified by the FIFA Council during their meeting in Bahrain.

Africa is guaranteed nine places, up from the current five, while a 10th nation will enter a six-team play-off tournament to decide the final two qualifiers, raising the potential of an extra place for the continent.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had been lobbying for at least 10...

Better the Appiah we know than the saviours we have no clue about

Kwesi Appiah returns to Ghana after two years
Kwesi Appiah returns to Ghana after two years

In the end, the timing of the announcement was the real surprise. For weeks now, we have known Kwesi Appiah was going to return as Black Stars coach and on Tuesday afternoon, the executive committee of the body confirmed that. The statement was brief and straight to the point. Appiah, they said was returning as Black Stars coach with 1st May 2017 tied down as his start date

"The decision was taken by the Executive Committee of the GFA on Tuesday after approving the report of the six-man coaching...

Ghana hire Kwesi Appiah as national team coach for second time

Kwesi Appiah returns to Ghana after two years
Kwesi Appiah returns to Ghana after two years

Kwesi Appiah is back as the Ghana coach, two years after he was fired from the same job.

The Ghana Football Association announced Appiah will replace Avram Grant from May 1, after the Executive Committee of the body endorsed the decision of the six-man search party.

Appiah, a former Ghana captain and assistant, will resign from his role with Sudan side Al Khartoum and return to the job he left two years ago. He took Ghana to the 2014 World Cup finals with stunning victories over Egypt and Zambia,...