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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...

Tokyo Sexwale will run for FIFA presidency after gaining SAFA backing

FIFA presidential candidate David Nakhid says it's too early to claim support from specific federations, but hopes to have the upper hand in mandatory integrity checks when compared to recent FIFA presidential hopefuls.
Tokyo Sexwale will stand in February's FIFA presidential election.

Tokyo Sexwale, a South African businessman and former political prisoner who fought against apartheid, says he intends to be a candidate in the FIFA presidential election.

Sexwale, 62, announced his intention to run after the South African Football Association (SAFA) National Executive Committee unanimously endorsed his candidacy in a meeting on Saturday, two days ahead of the deadline for candidates to submit papers for the Feb. 26 emergency election to replace Sepp Blatter.

Four other men have...

Tokyo Sexwale 'weighing all options' in deciding to run for FIFA president

Tokyo Sexwale has not yet decided whether to run for FIFA president.

MONACO -- Touted as a potential FIFA president, Tokyo Sexwale is "weighing all options" before deciding if he will enter the governing body's election race.

The South African businessman and FIFA anti-discrimination task force member has support from some football officials to succeed Sepp Blatter.

"I am just applying my mind and I will make it up in due course," Sexwale told reporters in a conference call on Thursday. "The question does not arise at this stage of what my final decision will be...

 By PA Sport

Ex-South Africa official questions $10m FIFA payment

FIFA is facing further questions over its role in channelling a $10 million payment through its accounts after fresh disclosures about South Africa's role in the scandal.

A former senior official of the South African FA (SAFA) has claimed its executive board had been kept in the dark about the payment, which is alleged to have been as payment for World Cup votes.

It comes after a freedom of information request by South Africa's news group Media24 revealed that apart from two letters, no SAFA records...