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Govt Scores Own Goal Over Peace Conference in South Africa

An attempt by South African soccer authorities to show how the 2010 Fifa World Cup could promote peace and harmony not only in South Africa, but through Africa and the world, was transformed into a public relations own-goal Tuesday – by the government's foreign policy. A month ago, soccer boss Irvin Khoza, acting in his capacity as chairman of the...

Nigeria edge World Cup hosts South Africa

Port Elizabeth: Ike Uche snatched a 70th-minute winner to hand Nigeria a 1-0 win over South Africa in their World Cup qualifier in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The result all but ends South Africa's chances of qualifying for the 2010 African Nations Cup finals in Angola, a major embarrassment for the hosts of the 2010 World Cup finals. Uche turned...

Nigeria satisfies with football silver

Beijing: Argentina retained their Olympic men's football title as they overcame the heat to beat Nigeria 1-0 in the Bird's Nest stadium. Benfica striker Angel di Maria's neat chip after 58 minutes was enough to give the Argentines victory. Nigeria had their fair share of chances, but were unable to beat goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Play was stopped...

Kenya earns gold as Wanjiry breaks Olympic Marathon record

Beijing: Sammy Wanjiru won Kenya's first ever gold in the men's marathon, breaking the Olympic record despite the soaring heat in Beijing. Wanjiru, who was among the leading pack which set the fast early pace, pulled away in the final kilometres to win in 2 hours six minutes and 32 seconds. Morocco's Jaouad Gharib won silver, trailing by 84...

World Cup costs cross S African budget

Johannesburg: South Africa's preparations for hosting the 2010 soccer World Cup will cost more than 2 billion rand ($256 million) more than budgeted because of global economic trends, the deputy finance minister said on Wednesday. "We are talking about something that is north of 2 billion rand as we speak. That is the figure," Jabu...

First Olympic medal for Togo

Beijing: Togo won its first ever Olympic medal when Benjamin Boukpeti took bronze in the men's single kayak slalom at the 2008 Beijing Games. Boukpeti's snapped his paddle in half during wild celebrations. "I can hardly believe it but I'm not surprised," said Boukpeti, who became the first non-European male kayaker to win an Olympic...

From weeds to world-class track for Somalia runner

Beijing: When teenage Somalian sprinter Samia Yusuf Omar competes in the women's 200m in Beijing, her mother and six siblings in Mogadishu plan to find a neighbor with a television so they can watch her. She would have loved her father to see her too, but he was killed in 2006 by a rocket attack that hit their two-room home in the relentless...

Somali envoy eyes Olympic to bring change

Beijing: The delegation from war-torn Somalia held their flag-raising ceremony in the Olympic Village here on Thursday, hoping that Games can bring peace and harmony to their country. "We have gone through many internal difficulties in the past 18 years. It is very important for us to be part of the Olympic Games and see our flag raised here...

Footballer's brother freed after 12 days in Nigeria

Nigeria: The elder brother of Nigerian and Everton football star Joseph Yobo has been released after being kidnapped by gunmen 12 days ago. Nornu Yobo was seized at a hotel in Port Harcourt, the main city of the oil-rich Niger Delta region, where kidnappings for ransom are frequent. Nornu Yobo has flown into Lagos and has been reunited with his...

Somali athlete set eye on Beijing Olympics

Somalia: Samiyo Yusuf, a young woman in her early 20s, is training strenuously for the coming Beijing Olympics and has high hopes that she will bring success back to her home country, Somalia, as she is the only female athlete representing the war-torn nation. In one of the dilapidated old sports stadiums in the Somali capital Mogadishu, Yusuf...

Zimbabwe unrest may hinder World Cup challenge

Johannesburg: Political turmoil in neighbouring Zimbabwe was adding to a long list of problems South Africa faced in its preparation for the 2010 World Cup finals, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Wednesday. "The situation in Zimbabwe has to be solved quickly. What is happening there is definitely terrible," Valcke told a...

S Africa cautioned over fuel shortage during 2010 World Cup

South Africa: South Africa faces possible fuel shortages during the 2010 Soccer World Cup, a government official hints in a discussion at parliament. "In the third quarter of 2009 we are expecting that South Africa won't be able to supply our inland (fuel) needs unless something drastic is done," Nhlanhla Gumede, deputy director of...

S African violence put World Cup at jeopardy- UN adviser

Berlin: Further outbreaks of violence against foreigners in South Africa could lead FIFA to move the 2010 World Cup elsewhere, the United Nations adviser on sport said on Thursday.   At least 56 people died and up to 100,000 were displaced when mobs armed with clubs, knives and stones rampaged through shantytowns in Johannesburg, Cape Town...

African WC qualifier show on cards

South Africa: The long battle for places at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the Africa Cup of Nations continues this weekend with 22 matches across the continent. After last year's preliminary round 47 teams in 12 groups are now trying to grab just 20 places in the final qualifying stage. However only 44 nations are in action this...

Somalia face Kenya Friday in U-20 football

Kenya, Apr 17: Kenya under-20 coach Leonard Saleh named his 18-member squad to travel to Djibouti Thursday for a first leg, preliminary round Africa Youth Championship qualifier against Somalia Friday.   As expected, all the six Kenyan Premier League club players in the provisional squad made the cut including Agro Chemical goalkeeper Finus...