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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...

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...

My Passion for African Football

I have a great passion for African soccer and a pure adoration for one great African legend, Jay Jay Okocha. His emergence on the African soccer scene saw the continent join Brazil's 'Samba train', bringing on board a style that has ruled the world for decades in terms of appeal, but is not seen much in today's football. Football is perhaps the...

Ghanaian Soccer Legend Trains New Goalies

Ghanaian Soccer Legend Trains New Goalies As goalkeeper for his country's Under-17 and Under-20 national football team from in 1993, Ali Jarra had a long and prosperous soccer career ahead of him. All of that changed, however, during the FIFA World Cup match tournament in Japan when he suffered an injury that almost left him paralysed. The 17-year-old star keeper was forced to abandon any...

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...

Egypt Clears Shehata for Eagles

Egypt Clears Shehata for Eagles Hassan Shehata can coach Nigeria at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa if he wishes, according to the Egyptian Football Association. The Pharaohs boss, one of several names that have been linked to the vacant position, last week ruled himself out of the running, citing the unwillingness of his employers to release him on a short-term basis. The...

Two Million World Cup Tickets Sold in South Africa

Two Million World Cup Tickets Sold in South Africa Two million 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets were sold in the first three sales phases, according to FIFA. "We are content with the ticket sales results so far. We still have two more ticketing phases to sell out the event," said Horst Schmidt, Chairman of the FIFA World Cup Ticketing Sub-Committee. The announcement comes after the fourth phase of...

Oddities of Africa Cup of Nations

The history of the 53 years Africa Cup of Nations has been spiced with many delightful and undelightful oddities since its inception. In fact, the inaugural edition began with an undelightful oddity. South Africa, which was one of the founding members of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was expelled because the South African Soccer...

Nations Cup - Gunmen Attack Togolese Football Team

Gunmen yesterday opened fire with machine guns at a bus carrying Togo's national football team players and officials to the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, wounding many of them. Officials say the shooting occurred in the Angolan oil-rich territory of Cabinda, where rebels have been fighting for independence. Togo is due to play its first Nations...

2010 World Cup - Nigeria Draws Argentina, South Korea and Greece

In what appears to be a repeat of the 1994 and 2002 editions of the FIFA World Cup, Nigeria last night was drawn alongside Argentina, South Korea and Greece in Group B for the global football fiesta to be hosted by South Africa next year. The grouping means the Super Eagles will once again battle the Argentines following the 1994 and 2002 group...

Key Militant Offers to Accept Yar'Adua's Amnesty in Nigeria

Leader of the Niger Delta Vigilante Movement, Mr. Ateke Tom has asked President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua to define the terms of the amnesty he is offering rebel groups in the Niger Delta, following which he will be prepared to immediately surrender all the arms in his possession to benefit from the government's olive branch. Ateke's offer to accept...

South Africa to Surprise Its Critics - Blatter

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says those who underestimate South Africa will be proven wrong by the country's capability of hosting major international events such as the FIFA Confederations Cup. "South Africa is one of the best countries in the world and I want to assure you that this country will successfully host the FIFA Confederations Cup and...

Many Die in Soccer World Cup Qualifying Match Between Côte D'Ivoire and Malawi

More than 20 people died in a crush at Abidjan's Houphouet-Boigny Stadium ahead of the soccer World Cup qualifying match between Côte d'Ivoire and Malawi on Sunday. The BBC reported that at least 22 were killed and more than 130 injured in a stampede when thousands of Ivoriens tried to get into the game to see Didier Drogba, who plays for Chelsea...