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 By Nick Ames

Unfinished stadiums, political unrest becloud great football at AFCON

The Malian fans roared and, just for a moment, you felt the gold-coloured roof might lift off Stade de Port-Gentil. Their team had been threatening an equaliser in the Group D fixture against Ghana for most of the second half; a late corner was a chance to increase the pressure and from behind the goal came that fevered, visceral sense of a crowd trying to will the ball into the net.

It did not happen for Mali, largely due to the excellence of the Ghana goalkeeper Razak Brimah, but for the impartial...

 By Nick Ames

Loss to Tunisia leaves fancied Algeria facing African Nations Cup humiliation

After so much was expected, Algeria are on the brink of an African Nations Cup exit.

FRANCEVILLE, GABON -- Riyad Mahrez knew the game was almost up. Five minutes of normal time were left and Algeria, needing two goals to salvage any impetus for their African Nations Cup campaign, looked out of ideas.

During a stoppage in play Mahrez, shoulders hunched and hands upon hips, turned away, lost in contemplation. His Leicester teammate Islam Slimani offered a pat on the back but that was little help; Mahrez slouched off towards his perch on the right wing and Slimani, slamming his hands...

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2016 Olympics men's football preview

The Olympic football tournament is almost set to kick off in Rio de Janeiro. Here is a preview of all 16 teams.

GROUP A

BRAZIL: The Brazilians are red-hot favourites to at last win the only title they are lacking, both because of the depleted competition and because they are taking it so seriously. For many Brazilians, the men's football tournament will be the most important part of the Games. Moreover, after years of disappointment, Brazil need something special to bring the fans back onside.

MANAGER:...

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2016 Olympics men's football final squad lists for all 16 teams

The Olympic football tournament is almost set to kick off in Rio de Janeiro. Here are all the final 18-man squads.

*- Overage player born before 1993.

ALGERIA:

Goalkeepers: Farid Chaal (El Harrach), Abdelkader Salhi (Chlef)

Defenders: Ayoub Abdellaoui (USM Alger), Abdelghani Demmou* (MC Alger), Houari Ferhani (Kabylie), Ryad Keniche (Setif), Miloud Rebiai (Setif)

Midfielders: Haris Belkebla (Tours), Sofiane Bendebka* (Hussein Dey), Abdelraouf Benguit (Paradou), Mohamed Benkhemassa (Alger), Zakaria...

 By Mark Gleeson

Who will be South Africa, Algeria and Nigeria's over-age Olympic players?

Itumeleng Khune
Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune appears set to be one of South Africa's three over-age players.

A newspaper leak in South Africa revealed a rather embarrassing list of pedantic possibilities for South Africa's Olympic team, as they consider which over-age players to pick to strengthen the side for the men's football tournament in Rio.

Coach Owen da Gama's list looked more like a collection of personal favourites and brought howls of derision, followed by a rapid but unconvincing denial as spin doctors at the South African Football Association "slipped" an alternative list to the media.

The...

 By Chris Wright

The Algerian Premier League title race is ridiculously tight

If you think the English Championship title race has been a close-run thing this year, then we urge you to have a quick glance at the Algerian Championnat Premier Division.

You may notice that there are only 11 points between ES Setif at the top of the table and NA Hussein Dey at the very bottom with four games left to play.

Indeed, the Premier Division is so tight that with 12 points still left to play for, a bad run could see Setif go from title challengers to relegation contenders in the...