SA set to make Afcon a brilliant African showpiece

SA set to make Afcon a brilliant African showpiece

South Africa is determined to make the African continent proud by hosting a lively and brilliant 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), says Sports and Recreation Director-General Alec Moemi. “We promise a very lively and brilliant African showpiece, and we believe that South Africa will once again make Africa proud by a hosting a successful […]

R461.1m Afcon spending was ‘cut to bone’

R461.1m Afcon spending was ‘cut to bone’

The National Treasury has allocated an extra R461.1 million for South Africa’s hosting of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) soccer tournament, but no spending will go towards “extravagances”, says Deputy Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene. Speaking at a media briefing held shortly before the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan presented his Medium Term […]

2013 Afcon battle lines drawn

2013 Afcon battle lines drawn

The final draw for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), to be hosted by South Africa next year, has seen South Africa being drawn in group A with Cape Verde, Angola and Morocco. All these teams will be based in Durban. The host team is expected to go out guns blazing in their opening […]

Malawi cancels friendly against Uganda fearing Ebola

Malawi cancels friendly against Uganda fearing Ebola

Malawi said  it had cancelled a friendly match against Uganda on recommendation from health authorities following the escalation of the Ebola disease in that country. Suzgo Nyirenda, secretary general of the Football Association of Malawi (FAM), said the Ministry of Health recommended that the game was cancelled and advised them “to identify another team which […]

Afcon going to cost Mandela Bay ratepayers R18-million

Afcon going to cost Mandela Bay ratepayers R18-million

The cost to host the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Nelson Mandela Bay has grown to R43-million – R9-million more than the municipality initially anticipated. A report in The Herald this morning indicates that National government is expected to fund the additional sum, but the municipality is still awaiting confirmation from national Treasury. This […]

Shock as Egypt out of Afcon draw

Shock as Egypt out of Afcon draw

  Record seven-time champions Egypt will be shock absentees when the final qualifying round draw for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa is made here on Thursday. The Pharaohs, whose seven titles include an unequalled three in a row between 2006 and 2010, were ousted by the Wild Beasts from the Central […]

Okonkwo among six new signings by Orlando Pirates

Okonkwo among six new signings by Orlando Pirates

Onekachi Okonkwo was among six new signings unveiled by Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza in Johannesburg today. This will be the Nigerian international’s second spell with the Buccaneers, having left the club in 2007 for a career in Switzerland and Qatar. “We have had protected discussions over the last six months with the player,” Khoza […]

Komphela: Bafana Bafana owe SA a win

Komphela: Bafana Bafana owe SA a win

Bafana Bafana are tired of mediocrity and they owe it to the country to win a match, according to interim coach Steve Komphela. The South Africans drew 1-1 against Botswana in Gaborone on Saturday –their eighth successive match without a win — as they continued to stumble in their Fifa World Cup qualifying campaign. “We […]

Libya stun Cameroon, while Egypt’s revival continues

Libya stun Cameroon, while Egypt’s revival continues

Libya stunned four-time African champion Cameroon in World Cup qualifying yesterday, while Egypt’s revival under American Bob Bradley continued with a dramatic win in Guinea. Ethiopia beat Central African Republic to go top of Group A and Tanzania saw off Gambia in Group C to move within a point of leader Ivory Coast. Congo overcame […]

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