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SA football boss Danny Jordaan ‘raped singer Jennifer Ferguson’

SA football boss Danny Jordaan ‘raped singer Jennifer Ferguson’

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South African singer Jennifer Ferguson has accused the country's football boss Danny Jordaan, 66, of raping her nearly 24 years ago. He "overpowered" her and "painfully" raped her in a hotel in Port Elizabeth city, she has alleged in a blog. Mr Jordaan, who organised the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has not yet responded to a request for comment. Now living in Sweden, Singer Jennifer Ferguson said she had been moved by the #MeToo campaign on social media to speak out. She said the attack took place when she was "high and happy" following her unexpected nomination by Nelson Mandela's African National Congress (ANC) party to serve in South Africa's first democratically elected parliament in 1994. Mr Jordaan, a prominent member of the ANC and president of the South African F...
2018 World Cup: Injured Mane named in Senegal squad

2018 World Cup: Injured Mane named in Senegal squad

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  Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been included in Senegal squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers despite his existing hamstring strain. Mane had been an injury doubt for the home and away games against South Africa on 10 and 14 November. "In my mind there's no doubt he will be with us for the double header against South Africa and that he will be 100% fit," said Senegal coach Aliou Cisse. Liverpool said the forward could be out for up to six weeks on 10 October. Three days earlier, he had damaged his hamstring in the 2-0 win over Cape Verde in Praia and was substituted in the 89th minute. "Until now, he has just been doing some individual training - running in straight lines - but from next week, he is going to train harder and start working with the ball," adde...
Zambia’s Kalusha Bwalya to vet coaches for Uganda job

Zambia’s Kalusha Bwalya to vet coaches for Uganda job

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Uganda's football federation (Fufa) has turned to Zambian football legend Kalusha Bwalya for help in finding a new national coach for the Cranes. Bwalya, who was crowned African Footballer of the Year in 1988, will lead Fufa's five-man panel to select a coach to replace Serbian Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic. Fufa stated that applications for the job will be open from 23-29 October prior to the new coach being unveiled on 15 November. "Bwalya is one unique football person in African and the world," said Fufa CEO Edgar Watson. "He has headed a Caf (Confederation of African Football) technical committee, is a legendary football player, has been a coach of a national team, has been a president of a federation - and he is neutral in terms of the Ugandan set-up." "He is everything in...
Former player Rabah Madjer returns as Algeria coach

Former player Rabah Madjer returns as Algeria coach

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Algeria have brought back former player Rabah Madjer as their new national coach to succeed the sacked Lucas Alcaraz, the Algerian Football Federation confirmed on Wednesday. Madjer, 58, becomes the country's fifth national coach in three years and must pick up the pieces after their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Their poor qualifying campaign cost Alcaraz his position as he was sacked earlier this month after just six months in the role. Madjer, one of the greatest Algerian players of all time, is best remembered for his nonchalant back-heeled finish for Porto in their 1987 European Cup final win over Bayern Munich. He first took charge of his country in 1994, with his most recent spell ending in 2002 after an early exit from that year's Africa Cup of Nations. ...
Tunisia top African rankings for first time since 2002

Tunisia top African rankings for first time since 2002

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Tunisia have moved top of Fifa's African rankings for the first time in 15 years. The last time the North Africans were ranked the best team on the continent was back in January 2002, a position the Carthage Eagles had assumed the previous July. Managed by Nabil Maaloul, Tunisia - who need just a point at home to Libya next month to qualify for the World Cup - replace Egypt at the top of the African standings. Earlier this month, Egypt reached the World Cup for the first time since 1990. Meanwhile, fellow African sides Eritrea and Somalia share the lowest spot in the rankings - 206th - with four other nations. Africa's top ten on October's Fifa rankings - global ranking in brackets: Tunisia (28) Egypt (30) Senegal (32) DR Congo (35) Nigeria (41) Camer...
Liberia: Weah and Boakai for presidential run-off

Liberia: Weah and Boakai for presidential run-off

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Former football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are headed for a run-off in Liberia's presidential election. Nearly all the results from Tuesday's poll have been counted, the election commission says. Mr Weah, the first African to win the Ballon D'Or football award, is leading with 39%, while Mr Boakai is in second place with 29%. A second round between the pair is expected next month. They lead the field of 20 candidates who competed to succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female elected president and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Fewer than 5% of polling stations have yet to declare results, and lawyer Charles Brumskine is in third place with 9.8%. Both Mr Weah and Mr Boakai had predicted they would win the first round of voting. Mr We...
Morocco replace Kenya as 2018 CHAN hosts

Morocco replace Kenya as 2018 CHAN hosts

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Morocco replace Kenya as hosts of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), organisers announced on Sunday. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) unanimously decided to give Morocco the tournament ahead of Equatorial Guinea. They replace Kenya, who had their rights to host withdrawn by Caf due to a lack of preparation. The tournament for locally-based players is scheduled to take place in January and February 2018. The decision to move the competition was made at an emergency Caf executive committee meeting in Lagos, Nigeria. Third candidates, Ethiopia, were not considered, after not providing a letter of guarantee from the country's government. The awarding of the tournament to Morocco also benefits Egypt, who were awarded Morocco's place - now freed up as host...
The Confederation of African Football will decide new hosts for CHAN on Saturday

The Confederation of African Football will decide new hosts for CHAN on Saturday

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The Confederation of African Football (Caf) will decide the new hosts of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Saturday. Morocco, Equatorial Guinea and Ethiopia all bid to replace Kenya who had their right to host withdrawn by Caf due lack of preparations. The international tournament for locally-based players only is due to kick off in January. The choice will be made at an emergency Caf executive committee meeting. Caf had originally said a decision may have come as early as the weekend of 07-08 October. During a meeting of the Africa Cup of Nations organizing committee on Wednesday meanwhile, Caf president Ahmad reaffirmed that Cameroon are still set to host the 2019 finals. "At no time had any consideration been given to revisiting decisions already taken in...
South African keeper Oscarine Masuluke goal up for goal of the year

South African keeper Oscarine Masuluke goal up for goal of the year

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's 'scorpion kick' volley against Crystal Palace in January has been nominated for Fifa's Puskas Award. The 31-year-old's effort has been shortlisted along with those by Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos and South African keeper Oscarine Masuluke. The winner of the goal of the year will be announced in London on 23 October. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar compete for the Best Fifa Men's Player shortlist on the same night. The France forward's strike, which put Arsenal ahead in their 2-0 win on New Year's Day, was labelled a "great" goal by his manager Arsene Wenger. Alexis Sanchez's cross was slightly behind Giroud, but he flicked at the ball with his left foot, looping it over his head and in off the underside of the bar. Castellano...
Ballon d’Or: Sadio Mane, Aubameyang shortlisted

Ballon d’Or: Sadio Mane, Aubameyang shortlisted

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named on the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d'Or award given to the world's best player. Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard is among six other Premier League players picked by France Football magazine for the prestigious prize. David de Gea, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane, Kevin de Bruyne and N'Golo Kante, have also been chosen. Gareth Bale misses out, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are selected. Kane, 24, has been picked on the shortlist for the first time after scoring 43 goals in 37 games for club and country in 2017. Wales forward Bale, 28, has only scored five goals for Real Madrid this year, struggling for form and fitness at the end of last season. Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, 32, beat Barcelona's Messi to win the...