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African World Cup qualifying: DR Congo rally to open campaign with win

DR Congo and Guinea earned crucial away wins in the second round of African qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

All of the African sides must get through a two-legged tie before reaching the group stage.

Firmin Ndombe Mubele scored two late goals to rally DR Congo to a 3-2 win at Burundi.

Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie opened the scoring for DR Congo, only for Burundi to equalise through Cedric Amissi, who then put his side ahead in the 83rd minute.

But Mubele found the net in the...

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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...

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Morocco beat Libya as Swaziland shock Guinea in ANC qualifiers

Morocco beat Libya through Omar El-Kaddouri's second-half goal.

Morocco beat Libya 1-0 as the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers got underway on Friday.

Omar El-Kaddouri got the only goal of the game in the Group F clash in the 51st minute, sliding in at the far post to turn home a cross.

The big shock on Friday came when Swaziland defeated Guinea 2-1 in Group L.

Swaziland -- who had never won an African Nations Cup qualifier away from home -- took the lead through captain Tony Tsabedze in the 12th minute as he fired a shot in from outside the area.


CAF clears Ebola-free Liberia to host football games again

CAIRO -- The Confederation of African Football has cleared Liberia to host international football games again after it was declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization.

It means Liberia will be able to play at home in 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifying, which begins next month, and 2018 World Cup qualifying later in the year.

However, CAF's announcement on Friday also noted that Guinea and Sierra Leone, the two other West African nations most-affected by the Ebola outbreak, cannot...

Guinea minister: 'Not possible' to move African Nations Cup 2023 to June

Africa Cup of Nations winners Ivory Coast returned home with the trophy after beating Ghana in the final on penalties.

The African Nations Cup (ANC) finals in 2023 will not be switched to the summer to accommodate the Qatar World Cup, Guinea sports minister Domani Dore has said.

As the World Cup is set to be played in November/December, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke insisted last week that the 2023 edition of the ANC would be pushed back six months from its usual January date to June.

Valcke claimed that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) had agreed to move the tournament, but Dore told...