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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...

 By Jason Dasey

Ex-Dutch and Aston Villa star George Boateng eyes Malaysia coaching job

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss Malaysia's performance against Saudi Arabia up until the match had to be abandoned due to fans throwing flares on the field.

As Louis van Gaal masterminded Manchester United's emphatic victory against Liverpool over the weekend, the former Premier League midfielder to whom he gave his full Netherlands debut a decade and a half ago declared his interest in the Malaysia national coaching job.

Ex-Kelantan head coach George Boateng was back in Kuala Lumpur on a personal trip and eyeing what some might consider to have become the toughest gig in Southeast Asian football.

On Sep. 5, under-23 coach Ong Kim Swee took over on...

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Columbus Crew sign Ghana defender Harrison Afful

Harrison Afful represented Ghana at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

Columbus Crew SC have signed Ghana international Harrison Afful as a Discovery Signing from Tunisian side Esperance Sportive de Tunis.

Afful, 29, joins the MLS club having spent the past six seasons in the Tunisian top flight with Esparance, scoring 16 goals and creating 25 more in 173 appearances.

Afful won the CAF Champions League with ES Tunis in 2011, represented Ghana at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and won a Silver Medal with the Black Stars in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

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