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Cameroon's World Cup Dreams Crumble in Pretoria

Cameroon's World Cup Dreams Crumble in Pretoria Cameroon are the first side eliminated from the World Cup, their 2-1 loss to Denmark in Pretoria on Saturday condemning them to an early trip home. Although they took a 10th minute lead, a second successive defeat for the Indomitable Lions means they cannot finish in the top two in their group and will depart after their final match against group...

Ghana Misses Chances in Draw With Australia

Ghana Misses Chances in Draw With Australia Ghana were left frustrated at the end of their World Cup Group D clash on Saturday, managing only a 1-1 draw against the 10 men of Australia. Australia took the lead through Brett Holman on 11 minutes, but Asamoah Gyan equalised from the penalty spot after Harry Kewell had handled on the line and been sent to the stands. Ghana had all the...

South Africa's World Cup Fairytale Implodes

South Africa's World Cup Fairytale Implodes Six years in the preparing and making and six days in the crumbling. South Africa’s World Cup fairytale imploded in dramatic fashion at the hands, or rather silky feet, of a Uruguay team on Wednesday, who produced the perfect tactical plan to nullify the home team’s threat. They went one better, thoroughly outplaying the hosts with their superior...

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in South Africa for World Cup

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in South Africa for World Cup PRESIDENT Mugabe arrived here yesterday afternoon to join other African leaders for the official opening of the historic Fifa 2010 Soccer World Cup at Soccer City Stadium today. The President -- who is accompanied by the First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe, Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and several senior Government officials -- was met...

Tragedy Hits Mandelas on Eve of World Cup in South Africa

Tragedy Hits Mandelas on Eve of World Cup in South Africa Nelson Mandela's family was struck by tragedy on the eve of the opening of the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament, forcing him to withdraw from the opening ceremony. The Nelson Mandela Foundation announced that Mandela had learned on Friday morning that his great-granddaughter, 13-year-old Zenani Mandela, had been killed in a car accident on...

South Africa Hold Mexico to Draw at World Cup Opener

South Africa Hold Mexico to Draw at World Cup Opener Amid a cacophony of sound and colour, South Africa and Mexico drew the opening game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup 1-1 at Soccer City, though both coaches might be ruing not picking up all three Group A points. Mexico had the more clear-cut chances and were the better side for most of the game, but Bafana struck the post late on with the scores tied...

Fifa Releases Additional Tickets in South Africa

FIFA will introduce two additional ticketing products the world football governing body announced on Saturday. The two products, the "Partially Obstructed View Tickets" and "Premier Tickets", will be available from Monday, June 7 only at the 11 FIFA Ticketing Centres. FIFA's Ticketing Sub-Committee Chairman, Horst R. Schmidt, said they are...

South Africa More Than Ready to Host World Cup

South Africa More Than Ready to Host World Cup With four days to go before the kick-off of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is more than ready to host the spectacle, says President Jacob Zuma. "South Africa is more than ready. For us the World Cup has already begun," President Zuma told journalists on Sunday. The president said the country has been preparing for the tournament since 15 May...

African Continent Loses Up to U.S.$400 Billion Annually in Capital Flight

African Continent Loses Up to U.S.$400 Billion Annually in Capital Flight THE African continent which many international investors describe as too risky to invest in, loses between US$200 billion and US$400 billion annually in capital flight by firms which make super profits through evading or cheating the taxman. South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in Dar es Salaam today during a plenary at World...

45 Killed in Mogadishu Mosque Bombing

More than 45 people including Al Shabaab insurgents were killed and 100 others wounded in an Iraq-style twin bombing inside a mosque in Somalia's restive capital Mogadishu, witnesses and security officials told Garowe Online. Witnesses said the bombs went off shortly after the afternoon prayers inside the Abdalla Shideye Mosque in Bakara Market, a...

South Africans Queue for World Cup Tickets

South Africans Queue for World Cup Tickets SOCCER World Cup fever swept across the country as desperate South Africans queued for hours for the 500000 tickets that usually inflexible football governing body Fifa was forced to sell over the counter yesterday. About 50000 tickets were sold on the first day and Danny Jordaan, CEO of the local organising committee, said the long queues that...

Swedish, South African Clerics Say Arms Deal Weakens New Democracy

South African and Swedish church leaders have reiterated grave concerns that a 10-year-old arms deal that involved Sweden with South Africa threatens the fledgling African democracy. The deal to sell armaments to South Africa also involved other European and Western nations such as Britain, France and Germany. It was signed a decade ago, estimated...

Cosatu Threat Over Metrorail Increases in South Africa

Cosatu Threat Over Metrorail Increases in South Africa Cosatu has threatened to "bring the economy to a standstill", if Metrorail carries out plans to increase train fares on April 1. The fare increase, the first since 2003, will see customers paying between R40 and almost R100 more than the current prices for a Metroplus monthly ticket. The Cape Argus reported earlier this week that Metrorail had...

South Africa's Zuma Breaks Zimbabwe Talks Deadlock

South Africa's Zuma Breaks Zimbabwe Talks Deadlock SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma yesterday managed to squeeze a raft of concessions from Zimbabwe's rival political parties and their leaders in a bid to resolve the country's decade-long political crisis. Zuma, who spent two hectic working days holed up in a Harare hotel engaged in marathon meetings, told journalists after long hours of behind-...

South African President Jacob Zuma Intervenes

South African President Jacob Zuma Intervenes SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma is expected in Harare on Tuesday in yet another attempt to break the deadlock between Zanu PF and the two MDC formations. Marathon meetings involving the negotiating teams, Zuma's facilitation team and the three principals in the unity government will be held between today and tomorrow to prepare for Zuma's visit...