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South Africa

 By PA Sport

Brazil edge Chile on late Firmino goal, Lacazette leads France past Denmark

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson breaks down Brazil's narrow 1-nil victory over Chile.

Roberto Firmino came off the bench to score a second-half winner as Brazil beat South American rivals Chile 1-0 in a friendly at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal were all on display in north London, but the game's biggest names could only show glimpses of their attacking best and it was left to substitute Firmino to find the decisive goal in the 73 minute.

Since last year's humiliating exit at their home World Cup, Brazil have now recorded eight...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Winston Reid to miss New Zealand vs. South Africa due to hamstring injury

Winston Reid picked up the injury while playing for West Ham.

Winston Reid has been ruled out of New Zealand's friendly against South Africa in Seoul, coach Anthony Hudson has confirmed.

Reid, 26, picked up a hamstring injury just eight minutes into West Ham's 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on March 4 and missed the subsequent clashes against Arsenal and Sunderland as a result.

The defender has still been struggling with the problem this week and New Zealand have now decided that he will play no part against South Africa on Tuesday.

"We gave Winston until the very...

South Africa says FIFA inefficient on match-fixing claims

FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag said he would ensure full disclosure of Michael Garcia's report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and have a 40-team World Cup if he is elected in May.
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has expressed his concern at proposals put forward for football referees to utilise video technology during games.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter insists the 2022 World Cup final won't be held on December 23, but won't offer any further concessions to angry European leagues.

LONDON -- The South African sports minister has accused FIFA of being "very inefficient" in match-fixing investigations.

In an interview with The Associated Press, sports minister Fikile Mbalula criticised the failure of FIFA to complete an investigation into whether 2010 World Cup warm-up matches were fixed.

FIFA found strong evidence of match-fixing in games involving South Africa in the weeks before the World Cup, with accusations that referees manipulated the games for illegal Asian betting syndicates.

FIFA...

Former South Africa captain Neil Tovey suffers multiple heart attacks

JOHANNESBURG -- The South African Football Association says 1996 African Cup of Nations-winning captain Neil Tovey is in the hospital after suffering multiple heart attacks.

Local media reported the 52-year-old Tovey, also a former top-flight coach, had a heart attack on Tuesday and then had two more after being admitted to the hospital. It was reported that he had to be resuscitated.

SAFA said he was now recovering in the hospital near Durban.