Just In: Sudan beat South Africa 2-0 to book AFCON spot

Sudan beat South Africa 2-0 at Al-Hilal Stadium in Omdurman on Sunday to book their spot at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) at Bafana Bafana’s expense. Victory moved the Falcons of Jediane up to 12 points in Group C, a point behind Ghana who defeated Sao Tome and Principe 3-1, but more importantly, two points ahead of South Africa who will take no part at next year’s showpiece in Cameroon. Sudan got off to the best possible start as Saifeldin Bakhit Maki shrugged off his marker from a…

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Breaking: Comoros qualify for first AFCON after 0-0 draw with Togo

For the first time in their history, Comoros have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations. The volcanic archipelago off Africa’s east coast were held to a 0-0 draw by Togo in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier at Stade Omnisports de Malouzini in Moroni on Thursday, but the point was enough to secure the island nation’s ticket to Cameroon for next year’s finals. Victory moved the country, ranked 130th in the latest FIFA world rankings, up to nine points in Group G and a point above Egypt…

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AFCON wrap-up: Burkina Faso, Guinea book AFCON ticket

Burkina Faso and Guinea on Wednesday became the sixth and seventh nation respectively to book their place at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, set to be hosted in Cameroon next year. The Burkinabe, runners-up in 2013, secured their Afcon ticket with a 0-0 draw away to Uganda in Group B and with Malawi having defeated South Sudan 1-0 in Omdurman, the Cranes now need to avoid defeat in Lilongwe on Monday or miss out on a place at next year’s finals at the expense of the Flames.…

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Saka out of England v San Marino as Rashford misses training

England will be without Bukayo Saka for their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier against San Marino due to a hamstring injury. Saka has stayed with Arsenal to continue his rehabilitation and a tweet from England’s official account said it was hoped the 19-year-old would join up with the squad “later this week”. England host minnows San Marino at Wembley in Gareth Southgate’s 50th game at the helm on Thursday. Marcus Rashford also sat out training on Wednesday as he continues to recover from the foot injury he sustained during Manchester…

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AFCON must remain every two years – Motsepe

New Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Patrice Motsepe has insisted that the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) must be held every two years. South Africa businessman Motsepe, who ran unopposed in the CAF presidential elections in Morocco last week, has revealed that he has come across different opinions in regards to the time span between AFCON tournaments. He argued that with CAF having posted a loss for the past two years‚ the organisation needs the showpiece Nations Cup to take place every two years to maximise sponsorship revenue. “This…

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AFCON Qualifiers: Moses Simon may miss Super Eagles games as French clubs block release of African players

The Super Eagles of Nigeria may be without the services of Moses Simon when they files out against Benin Republic and Lesotho in their final group games of the African Cup of Nation Qualifiers. The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) have announced that French clubs have decided to restrict players from travelling for any international games outside of Europe. This comes after club presidents from France’s top two divisions met with the LFP on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming international break and they reached the decision with respect to players’…

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Santos: Ronaldo focused on winning World Cup amid club speculation

Cristiano Ronaldo’s club future may be unclear but Portugal coach Fernando Santos insists the 36-year-old is dreaming about playing at and winning next year’s World Cup. Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Juventus this close season, including speculation linking him with MLS, along with a possible return to Real Madrid. Amid that, Santos moved to clarify that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was committed to playing for Portugal at the World Cup as they chase their maiden Jules Rimet Trophy. “[Cristiano] has a big dream, that one…

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OFFICIAL: Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 22 others for Squirrels, Crocodiles

Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has included Captain Ahmed Musa, deputy captain William Ekong, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and forward Victor Osimhen in a 24-man list for this month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying battles with Benin Republic and Lesotho. Nigeria, top of the Group E log with eight points (one ahead of Benin Republic and five more than third-placed Sierra Leone), tackle the Squirrels away at the Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto Novo on Saturday, 27th March and will lock horns with the Crocodiles of Lesotho…

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Zlatan to make Sweden return for Euros

Dejan Kulusevski urged evergreen Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come out of retirement and play for Sweden at this year’s rearranged Euro 2020. Ibrahimovic has not represented Sweden in more than four years after retiring from international football following Euro 2016. The 39-year-old forward – Sweden’s all-time leading scorer with 62 goals in 116 appearances – has hinted he is ready to end his international retirement ahead of the European Championship as he continues to light up Serie A with Milan. Sweden international and Juventus attacker Kulusevski talked up an…

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