Articles tagged '2014 world cup'

World Cup referees named 16 January 2014 HARARE - Fifa yesterday named 13 African match officials to be part of the cast at the 2014 World Cup and there was no room for Zimbabweans on the list. Local referees have largely been left out of international assignments since the retirement of Felix Tangawarima and Kenny Marange. "Fifa ...
Algeria, Ghana book WC spots 20 November 2013 LONDON - Algeria and Ghana on Tuesday completed the five African qualifiers for next year's World Cup, joining Nigeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast, who all qualified at the weekend. This quintet is identical to Africa's ambassadors at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Algeria did just enoug...
France, Portugal reach World Cup 20 November 2013 LONDON - France produced one of soccer's most famous comebacks on Tuesday to scrape into next year's World Cup finals via the playoffs while Portugal blazed through after Cristiano Ronaldo conjured up a sensational hat-trick. The two European heavyweights will be joined in next June's finals b...
France, Portugal face night of nerves 19 November 2013 LONDON - France and Portugal, two of Europe's footballing heavyweights, face a fraught test of nerves Tuesday night with their places at the 2014 World Cup finals at stake. France, the 1998 world champions, are 2-0 down to Ukraine after the first leg of their play-off ahead of the return in Pa...
Egypt seek World Cup miracle 19 November 2013 CAIRO - Egypt will attempt to engineer a World Cup miracle by overturning a 6-1 deficit against Ghana Tuesday night and snatch a spot in the finals in Brazil next year. With Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Cameroon already assured of their places, there are only two remaining African slots up for gra...
Algeria tipped to beat Stallions 19 November 2013 BILDA  - The battle for the final 2014 World Cup ticket from Africa will be decided Tuesday night  between hosts Algeria and Burkina Faso at the Mustapha Tchaker Stadium in Blida, where Algeria have not lost in 19 matches since 2002. In June, at the same venue, Algeria beat Burkina Faso 2-0 in...
Cameroon book Brazil spot in style 18 November 2013 YAOUNDE - Cameroon qualified for the 2014 Fifa World Cup with a convincing 4-1 win over Tunisia at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Pierre Webo, Benjamin Moukandjo and a brace from Jean Makoun ensured that the Indomitable Lions book their place i...
Ivory Coast book World Cup spot 17 November 2013 CASABLANCA - Ivory Coast qualified for a third successive Fifa World Cup on Saturday evening after drawing 1-1 away to Senegal in the second leg of their 2014 qualifying playoff at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca, Morocco. Didier Drogba and co. won the two-legged tie 4-2 on aggregate and hav...
Nigeria book Brazil ticket 17 November 2013 CALABAR - Nigeria became the first African country to qualify for next year's World Cup finals after a 2-0 home win over Ethiopia in their playoff in Calabar on Saturday. After winning the first leg 2-1 in Addis Ababa last month, Victor Moses' 20th-minute penalty and substitute Victor Obinna's...
Black Stars, Super Eagles looking good for Brazil 2014 26 October 2013 JOHANNESBURG – While Ghana and reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions, Nigeria look good bets for a place in the Fifa World Cup in Brazil next year, nothing should be taken for granted. Having thumped Egypt 6-1 in a contest many thought would be tricky for both sides, it will now take a mira...
Brazil is the place to be next year 19 October 2013 JOHANNESBURG – While there might be some problems here and there with regards to the construction of most stadiums scheduled to host the Fifa World Cup in 2014, Brazil seems ready to welcome millions of soccer lovers to their shores. I had the opportunity to attend one of the symposiums whose ...
Appiah wants no celebration yet 16 October 2013 ACCRA - Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has asked for celebrations to be put on hold for just 90 minutes after destroying Egypt 6-1 on Tuesday. The Black Stars hit six goals past six in one of the most one-sided high profile World Cup qualifiers seen in the history of world football. "We should no...
Badu sure of Ghana progress 15 October 2013 ACCRA - Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is optimistic that he and his team-mates can deliver the requisite result when they tackle Egypt in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off in Kumasi Tuesday night. Though the rising Udinese star is wary of the Pharaohs, who have had...
England ready for hostile Wembley 15 October 2013 LONDON - England are braced to play Tuesday night's decisive World Cup qualifier in a hostile atmosphere whipped up by more than 20,000 Poland fans, the largest away following for a competitive game at the revamped Wembley stadium, for a fixture that will determine if Roy Hodgson's side reach the...
Cameroon goalkeeper foils Tunisia 14 October 2013 TUNIS - Former Liverpool goalkeeper Charles Itandje made a string of superb saves to help Cameroon force a 0-0 World Cup Africa play-off draw in Tunisia on Sunday. Given a second chance after Cape Verde were disqualified, the Tunisians attacked relentlessly in the early stages only to be foile...
Emenike's brace sinks Ethiopia 14 October 2013 ADDIS ABABA - Emmanuel Emenike scored twice in Addis Ababa as African champions, Nigeria, defeated Ethiopia 2-1 in the first leg of the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier on Sunday. Behailu Assefa opened score for the Ethiopians before Emmanuel Emenike levelled the game and then scored the winner f...
Bradley: Gyan is a threat to Egypt 14 October 2013 ACCRA - Egypt coach Bob Bradley says Black Stars striker Asamoah Gyan has what it takes to trouble his side when they line-up against Ghana in Tuesday's 2014 World Cup play-off. Gyan has been in rich vein of form in the qualifiers aside his impeccable scoring statistics at club level in the UA...
Advantage Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso 13 October 2013 JOHANNESBURG - Didier Drogba scored as Ivory Coast overcame Senegal 3-1 in Abidjan on Saturday to boost hopes of a third consecutive World Cup appearance. The 35-year-old striker converted a penalty after five minutes at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Lamine Sane conceded an own goal and Salomo...
Ghana's Kingson fit to face Egypt 9 October 2013 ACCRA - Richard Kingson has been passed fit for Ghana's 2014 World Cup playoff against Egypt next Tuesday after an injury scare on Monday night. The experienced goalkeeper was substituted in the 58th minute of Doxa's home fixture at against Apollon. It was feared he had picked up an injury ...
Eto'o makes Cameroon U-turn 9 October 2013 LONDON – Striker Samuel Eto'o was expected to join up with Cameroon's national team in France after going back on a decision to retire from international football, he told reporters on Tuesday. Cameroon's long-standing captain and leading scorer will link up with the rest of the squad preparing ...
Underdogs Ethiopian ready for Nigeria 8 October 2013 ADDIS ABABA - In matching blue jerseys and red shorts, Ethiopia's footballers confidently criss-cross their home pitch, launching the ball back and forth. The players press on under the blistering morning sun for over two hours. At this crucial stage in the 2014 World Cup Africa zone qualifier...
Is this the squad to take us to the golden era? 14 September 2013 JOHANNESBURG – It might just have been another friendly match, but Tuesday's Orlando Stadium encounter between Bafana Bafana and the Warriors left new coach Ian Gorowa with lots to smile about. On the other end, the defeat by Zimbabwe left Bafana coach Gordon Igesund walking a tight rope amid ...
We need to be serious 12 September 2013 EDITOR — It boggles the mind why national soccer team coach Ian Gorowa chose to play a very weak Warriors team in an international competition then go on to play the full strength team in a friendly match? Of course, we were out of contention to progress to the next stage of the 2014 World Cup...
Gorowa laments lack of preparation time 9 September 2013 HARARE – Zimbabwe national football team coach Ian Gorowa has blamed shoddy preparations for their failure to beat Mozambique in a 2014 World Cup Group G encounter at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday. The Warriors were held to a 1-1 draw by the Mambas which means that they finish the campaign bottom o...
Home win eludes Warriors 9 September 2013 HARARE – Zimbabwe national football team ended their failed 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign on disappointing note after they were held 1-1at Rufaro Stadium by Mozambique on Sunday. The result saw the Warriors assuming the unwanted tag of having failed to win a single match in their entire c...