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AFCON 2021: Aubameyang Diagnosed with Minor Heart problem
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AFCON 2021: Aubameyang Diagnosed with Minor Heart problem

Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, was ruled out of Gabon’s clash with Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations, after being diagnosed with a minor heart problem. Aubameyang missed their first Group C fixture against Comoros on Monday after testing positive for COVID-19. But the Gabonese federation announced that their captain along with Axel Meye and Nice’s Mario Lemina will also be sidelined for Friday’s game at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium. All three were diagnosed with COVID-19 recently and latest medical examinations showed they are dealing with minor heart problems as a result of the illness. The Gabonese Federation tweeted: “According to the CAF medical commission, the players Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Axel Meye and Mario Lemina, just out of Covid, cannot take part i...
Afcon 2021: Ex-Ghana captain Appiah ‘would prefer Nigeria’, wary of Comoros
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Afcon 2021: Ex-Ghana captain Appiah ‘would prefer Nigeria’, wary of Comoros

The erstwhile Juventus midfielder shares his thoughts on the Black Stars’ group opponents for the upcoming championship in Cameroon Former Ghana skipper Stephen Appiah believes the Black Stars must be wary of Comoros ahead of their meeting at the Africa Cup of Nations finals next year. The four-time champions have been drawn together in Group C of the championship, the other two teams being Morocco and Gabon. The delayed tournament takes place between January 9 to February 6 in Cameroon.
Europa League: Nabouhane propels Red Star Belgrade past CFR Cluj
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Europa League: Nabouhane propels Red Star Belgrade past CFR Cluj

The Comoros international got a goal and two assists as the Red-Whites strolled past the reigning Romanian champions Red Star Belgrade defeated CFR Cluj 4-0 in Tuesday’s Europa League first leg play-off round, with El Fardou Ben Nabouhane finding the net. The Comoros international got a second-half goal as the Red-Whites saw off the Romanians, who have failed to win any of their last four games in the tournament. Having crashed out of the Champions League following a 2-1 aggregate loss to FC Sheriff, the Serbian Super Liga side were demoted to the Europa League.
Fouad Bachirou: Omonia Nicosia sign Nottingham Forest midfielder
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Fouad Bachirou: Omonia Nicosia sign Nottingham Forest midfielder

The reigning Cypriot Championship kings have confirmed the signing of the Comoros international from the Reds Nottingham Forest have announced the departure of Fouad Bachirou to Omonia Nicosia on a free transfer. The midfielder joined the Cypriot top flight side on a two-year deal that will keep him at GSP Stadium until 2023. “Nottingham Forest can confirm that midfielder Fouad Bachirou has joined Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia on a free transfer,” a statement on the English Championship side's website read.
Nigeria, Egypt, Cameroon seeded ahead of 2022 AFCON draws
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Nigeria, Egypt, Cameroon seeded ahead of 2022 AFCON draws

Nigeria will know their group stage opponents at the next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, when the draws are conducted on Tuesday The Confederation of African Football on Saturday seeded the countries, with the three-time African champions in Pot A. The 24 teams that have qualified, will be divided into six groups of four teams each. The countries were allocated into four pots of six teams each, based on the latest FIFA World Rankings. The Super Eagles finished in third place at the last AFCON played in Egypt. The 2022 AFCON will be played from January 9 to February 6 in Cameroon The draw at the Palais du Congress will divide the entrants into six groups, from which all the winners and runners-up plus the best four third-placed teams will advance to the knoc...
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CAF Confirms Date, venue for 2022 AFCON draw in Cameroon

The Confederation of African Football, CAF, on Thursday announced that the draw for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, will take place on August 17, 2021, in Cameroon. The draw has been scheduled for the Yaounde Conference Centre at 18h00 GMT. CAF disclosed this in a statement via its website today. Recall that the draw was initially postponed in June 2021 due to logistical relations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AFCON 2022 is expected to start on Jan. 9 till Feb. 6 with five host cities confirmed for the biennial competition. “CAF, together with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of Cameroon announce that the draw for the final phase of the 33rd edition of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021, will take place on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at...
Cosafa Cup: Mamelodi Sundowns’ keeper Mweene headlines Zambia squad
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Cosafa Cup: Mamelodi Sundowns’ keeper Mweene headlines Zambia squad

The Flames will begin their title defence at the historic competition in Port Elizabeth on July 7, 2021 against Comoros Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mwene is among the star players in the Zambia squad for the 2021 Cosafa Cup tournament set to kick off in South Africa. The Chipolopolo head coach Milutin Sredojevic has announced a 30-man provisional squad for the historic competition set to run from July 7 to 18, with Sundowns’ keeper Mwene returning to the squad for the first time since October 2018. The 36-year-old 2012 Africa Cup of Nations-winning best gloveman will be in familiar environs at Port Elizabeth, being South Africa-based, where he has won multiple awards for Sundowns.
Cosafa Cup Draw: Malawi not afraid to face neighbours Zambia – Fazili
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Cosafa Cup Draw: Malawi not afraid to face neighbours Zambia – Fazili

The assistant tactician states their readiness to face any team in the tournament after the draw was done on Thursday Malawi assistant coach Lovemore Fazili has confidently stated they are not afraid to come up against neighbours Zambia in the group stage of the 2021 Cosafa Cup. The Flames were drawn in Group C of the competition that will be staged in Port Elizabeth, South Africa from July 7-18, alongside the Chipolopolo, Comoros, and Madagascar. Six-time winners Zimbabwe are in Group D alongside guests Senegal, Mozambique, and Namibia while hosts South Africa headline Group A that also includes Lesotho, Botswana, and Eswatini.
Sierra Leone becomes last country to qualify for 2022 AFCON
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Sierra Leone becomes last country to qualify for 2022 AFCON

Sierra Leone on Tuesday, became the last nation to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations. Kei Kamara scored the only goal of the game, as John Kester’s men beat Benin Republic 1-0. The match had been postponed several times because of COVID-19 issues, but was eventually settled today. A total of 23 teams have already confirmed their places at the continental showpiece. They are: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. Next year’s AFCON will be held in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6.
IMF Excludes Nigeria From Debt Relief
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IMF Excludes Nigeria From Debt Relief

Nigeria has been excluded from the list of 28 countries granted debt pardon by the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Board has approved a third tranche of grants for debt service relief for 28 member countries under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT). This approval followed two prior tranches approved on April 13, 2020 and October 2, 2020, respectively. In a report released yesterday, the Fund said the approval will enable the disbursement of grants from the CCRT for payment of all eligible debt service falling due to the IMF from its poorest and most vulnerable members from April 14, 2021 to October 15, 2021, estimated at SDR 168 ($238) million. The beneficiaries of previous CCRT tranche are Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burund...
AFCON 2022: CAF Announces Details for Tournament with 23 Teams Confirmed
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AFCON 2022: CAF Announces Details for Tournament with 23 Teams Confirmed

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, will be held in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6. A virtual executive committee meeting chaired by CAFS’s recently elected president Patrice Motsepe, also decided that a draw to divide the 24 qualifiers into six groups will be held on June 25. A total of 23 teams have confirmed their places at the continental showpiece. They are Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. The one spot left will be contested between Benin Republic and Sierra Leone. The match between the two countries in F...
AFCON 2022: All 23 Countries that Qualified Confirmed
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AFCON 2022: All 23 Countries that Qualified Confirmed

The 23 countries that qualified for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, have been confirmed. They are Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Ghana, Sudan, Gambia, Gabon, Morocco, Mauritania, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Egypt, Comoros, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Nigeria. Sierra Leone’s match against the Benin Republic was called off yesterday after the Squirrels refused to play in protest of several of their players allegedly returning positive COVID-19 tests shortly before kickoff. However, the fate of the match and teams is pending a decision from the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Cape Verde defeated Mozambique 1-0 following the conclusion of the 2021 AFCON qualifying fixtures on Tuesday. Malawi ...
17 Countries qualify for AFCON 2022
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17 Countries qualify for AFCON 2022

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Saturday, confirmed that 17 countries have qualified for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, with one round of qualifying fixtures left. CAF in a tweet on their official Twitter handle, stated that there were seven slots left to be filled. The teams that have qualified are: Guinea, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Egypt, Gambia, Gabon, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria. Nigeria qualified even before kick-off of their match against Benin Republic in Porto Novo, after Lesotho drew 0-0 with Sierra Leone. The Super Eagles, who host Lesotho in their last game, will now finish top of Group L. Countries like The Gambia and Comoros that have never played at the tournament before, have benefitted from the decis...
Comoros Qualify For First Ever AFCON Tournament, Players Celebrate
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Comoros Qualify For First Ever AFCON Tournament, Players Celebrate

Comoros Players celebrated in the dressing room after they qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon for the first time ever. Comoros were held 0-0 at home in Qualifier Match against Togo. After the final whistle, there was wild celebrations with player, and coaches jumping, and dancing in excitement in the stadium. They have nine points from five matches and have now secured their at the 2021 tournament in Cameroon. The Comorans use more players born abroad for their matches. Comoros are the eighth country to qualify for the African Cup of Nations. Algeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, and Tunisia have all qualified. Watch Video; https://youtu.be/7D1P8FKq0Cg
AFCON 2022: All the countries that have qualified so far
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AFCON 2022: All the countries that have qualified so far

  After Thursday’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, half of the teams that will play at the tournament have been confirmed. Comoros, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana and Egypt have joined Algeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Tunisia and hosts Cameroon in January’s tournament. Gambia qualified for their first-ever AFCON after a 1-0 win over Angola. Assan Ceesay netted the winning goal after an hour, ensuring The Gambia clinched one of the two tickets from Group D. The other slot was secured by Gabon who beat DR Congo 3-0. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Denis Bouanga, and Aaron Boupendza scored the goals for the Panthers. Egypt’s 1-1 draw with Kenya, was enough to get the point they needed in Group G to qualify, while Ghana drew 1-1 in South Africa to make it throu...
Afcon Qualifiers: ‘Kenya and Tanzania can get maximum points from remaining matches’ – Williamson
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Afcon Qualifiers: ‘Kenya and Tanzania can get maximum points from remaining matches’ – Williamson

The British tactician concedes the games will be tough but exuded confidence that the East Africans will win the matches to advance Former Kenya head coach Bobby Williamson has conceded it will be tough for Harambee Stars and Tanzania in the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Harambee Stars are in Group G of the qualifiers with three points coming from the four games they have played. Kenya found themselves in a difficult position in the qualifiers after a 1-1 draw against Comoros in Nairobi and a 2-1 loss in Moroni in November. Taifa Stars are in Group J for the race to Cameroon with four points from as many matches and need maximum points in the remaining games to seal their place in the finals.
‘If It Comes, It Will Overwhelm Us’: Malawi Braces For Coronavirus
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‘If It Comes, It Will Overwhelm Us’: Malawi Braces For Coronavirus

When the overcrowded, long-distance bus from Johannesburg arrived at the Malawian border post of Mwanza last week, one passenger was dead. Fearing he had picked up Covid-19 in South Africa and infected all his fellow travellers, the guards sent everyone to a hastily-built quarantine centre for 14 days. The man had died of other causes but Malawi, which is well used to devastating diseases like HIV/Aids, cholera and malaria, is taking no chances. Along with São Tomé, Comoros, South Sudan, Burundi, and Sierra Leone in Africa, it is one of the last countries in the world not to have confirmed a single Covid-19 case yet. In Malawi only 20 people a day can be tested for the virus, and there are just 25 intensive care unit beds and seven ventilators in the country of more than 18 milli...
See The Only 6 African Nations Yet To Record Any Case Of COVID-19
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See The Only 6 African Nations Yet To Record Any Case Of COVID-19

Six of Africa’s 54 nations are among the last in the world yet to report cases of the new coronavirus. The global pandemic has been confirmed in almost every country, but for a handful of far-flung tiny island states, war-torn Yemen and isolated North Korea. In Africa authorities claim they are spared by god, or simply saved by low air traffic to their countries, however some fear it is lack of testing that is hiding the true impact. – South Sudan – The east African nation is barely emerging from six years of civil war and with high levels of hunger, illness and little infrastructure, observers fear the virus could wreak havoc. Doctor Angok Gordon Kuol, one of those charged with overseeing the fight against the virus, said the country had only carried out 12 tests, none ...
‘She gives us hope’ – Malawi’s Linda Kasenda reveals Asisat Oshoala inspiration
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‘She gives us hope’ – Malawi’s Linda Kasenda reveals Asisat Oshoala inspiration

The She-Flames star has spoken on how she looks up to the three-time African Footballer of the Year Malawi striker Linda Kasenda has described Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala as the ambassador and role model for women's footballers in Africa. Oshoala won the maiden BBC Women's Footballer of the Year award in 2015 and became the first African to score in the Uefa Women's Champions Leaguefinal in 2019 with Barcelona. Kasenda scored eight goals for the already eliminated She-Flames, all in a 13-0 thrashing of Comoros in the 2019 Cosafa Women's Cup in Port Elizabeth.
Afcon 2021 Qualifiers: Kenya in Group G with record winners Egypt
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Afcon 2021 Qualifiers: Kenya in Group G with record winners Egypt

Kenya will have to face Egypt, Togo and Comoros Islands as they contest for a place in the 2021 Afcon tournament Harambee Stars will face current Africa Cup of Nations hosts Egypt in Group G of the qualifiers for the 2021 event. Other opponents for Kenya in the group are Togo and the Comoros Islands. The qualification ties will be staged from October 7 and will end in November 2020. The tournament will be held in Cameroon and will also see 24 teams battle for the title since Confederation of African Football (Caf) expanded the number of teams from 16.
The Teams That Have Never Played At The AFCON
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The Teams That Have Never Played At The AFCON

Playing at the highest level of National team football is every professional football player’s dream, a status which the African Cup of Nations and other Continental competitions have, just right behind the FIFA World Cup. For every player born or eligible for an African team, playing at the AFCON is an achievement of the sort. Since the inaugural edition of the competition which saw three teams participate in it, the competition has grown in leaps and bounds with the number of participating teams rising. In 2019, the competition for the first time sees a record number of 24 teams participating and as expected three new countries have registered their names on the attendance sheet for the biggest football fiesta in Africa. Madagascar, Burundi and Mauritania join thirty-nine others...
Comoros v Malawi Preview: Comoros and Malawi battle in Cosafa Cup Plate semifinals
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Comoros v Malawi Preview: Comoros and Malawi battle in Cosafa Cup Plate semifinals

The two nations head into the encounter on the back of defeats, and will both be looking to book a spot in the Plate final Comoros and Malawi will lock horns in the Cosafa Cup Plate semifinal at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Tuesday. Comoros suffered a 2-0 defeat to Zimbabwe to drop to the Plate phase, and they will be looking to make amends and reach the final. Les Coelacantes started well in this year's tournament as they defied the odds to reach their first quarterfinal of the Cosafa Cup.
Wednesday’s Cosafa Cup Group A action: Kick off, TV channel, squad news & preview
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Wednesday’s Cosafa Cup Group A action: Kick off, TV channel, squad news & preview

Group A remains wide open with an opportunity for all of its participants to sneak into the next round of the Cosafa Cup It is winner takes all in Group A of the Cosafa Cup as Comoros take on fellow islanders Mauritius on Wednesday afternoon. With a win yet to be registered by any team in the group and this being the final game of the group stage for both teams due to the withdrawal of Angola, the stakes are intriguingly poised. Eswatini currently leads the group standings with just two points following two draws against both Comoros and Mauritius, meaning that a win for either Comoros or Mauritius would be enough to see them advance to the next stage of the competition, joining Malawi from Group B, who have already qualified.
Cameroon’s AFCON 2019 Runs into a Hitch
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Cameroon’s AFCON 2019 Runs into a Hitch

The Comoros Football Federation (FFC) has lodged a case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over Cameroon’s participation at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. A post on social media from the General Manager of the Comoros team, Ben Amir Saadi, confirmed the move. The Comoros believe that Cameroon should be excluded from the 2019 finals after having the hosting rights for the tournament withdrawn from them. Comoros are in the same qualifying group as Cameroon, whom they face in March. The FFC claims that CAF has failed to implement its own regulations concerning the action to be taken. CAF rules (Article 92.3) state that if a nation withdraws from hosting or has the rights taken away one year before the finals, ‘a fine of five hundred thousand (500,000) U.S. dollars...
Abeokuta Ranked Fourth Worst City To Live In Africa
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Abeokuta Ranked Fourth Worst City To Live In Africa

Abeokuta Nigeria scored fourth from bottom on a new study of quality of life in 60 African cities conducted by Swiss research body Communaute d’Etudes pour l’Amenagement du Territoire at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Lagos, another Nigerian city covered by the Swiss study was placed at 43rd position. The study which included all of the continent’s capitals and its largest urban centres, was based on criteria including social and living conditions, infrastructure, governance and environment. “Until now, rankings for Africa were done for investors and expatriates.” Jerome Chenal, a Swiss urban sociologist who directed the survey told Afrique Mediterranee Business, the Paris-based magazine that commissioned the study, stating that theirs is the first survey...

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