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Orlando Pirates, Etoile du Sahel ready for CAF Confederations Cup final

Orlando Pirates were able to beat Al-Ahly in the semifinals on this improbable cup run. But can they win it all?

The continent's final cup competition of the year, the CAF Confederation Cup, reaches its climax as Etoile du Sahel and Orlando Pirates compete for the second tier title. Even though this trophy does not hold the same glory as the Champions League, the Tunisians and the South Africans are promising a tough fight. Elsewhere, there has been some movement among national coaches and the Road to Rio is about to begin for Africa's U23 sides.

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Orlando Pirates and Etoile de Sahel...

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Nigeria and Ghana advance to CAF group stage in World Cup qualifying

Ivory Coast players celebrate during their win against Liberia.

Nigeria advanced to the third round of African qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with a 2-0 win over Swaziland on Tuesday.

After a goalless first leg, the Super Eagles finally found a breakthrough in the 52nd minute when Moses Simon curled in a free kick.

Nigeria allowed the visitors few chances from that point and doubled their advantage with Fefe Ambrose's free kick in the 87th minute.

Phumlani Dlamini was sent off in stoppage time for Swaziland as Nigeria reached the group stage.

Ghana also moved...

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Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana all draw as Cape Verde fall in World Cup qualifying

African giants Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana were all held to draws away from home as their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaigns got off to shaky starts.

All of the African sides must get through a two-legged tie before reaching the group stage, and many of the major sides failed to gain an edge in their away legs on Friday.

Senegal needed to rally from a two-goal deficit to force a 2-2 draw at Madagascar, a nation 79 places below them in the FIFA rankings.

Faneva Andriatsima and Njiva Rakotoharimalala...

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South Sudan's World Cup dreams end in African qualifying

South Sudan's first World Cup qualifying campaign ended early following a 4-0 defeat at Mauritania on Tuesday.

Moulaye Khalil and Boubacar Beyguili had already scored for the hosts before Aluck Akeuch Deng's 79th-minute red card for the new nation, and Moussa Samba Moussa and Ismail Diakite completed the rout.

Mauritania won 5-1 on aggregate and advance to face Tunisia in the second round of qualifying in November.

Chad advanced on away goals despite a 2-1 defeat at Sierra Leone, a team 54 places...

Cameroon Football Federation elects Sidiki Tombi a Roko as new chief

FIFA had threatened to ban Cameroon from international football if Monday's vote was not successful.

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) -- The Cameroon Football Federation has elected former secretary general Sidiki Tombi a Roko as its new president following more than two years of turmoil and threats of a ban by FIFA.

Tombi a Roko won by 59 votes to two against his only challenger, Robert Atah Behazah. He succeeded his former boss Mohammed Iya, who is in prison after being convicted of misappropriation of money in his former role as a director at Cameroon's national cotton producer.

Tombi a Roko said he now...