Lekjaa takes the reins in Morocco after election re-run

Skhirate-Fouzi LakjaaBy Paul Nicholson
April 14 – The Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) has a new president. Skhirate-Fouzi Lakjaa (pictured second left), the only candidate standing, was elected on Sunday for a four-year term.

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Nigeria prepare for Brazil 2014 and start by paying Keshi and his team

stephen keshiBy Paul Nicholson
April 9 – The almost-traditional and recurring Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) financial crisis that occurs every major international championship when it comes to paying officials and players, may have been resolved, at least in part, in advance of the Brazil World Cup.

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Eritrea pull out of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers

eritreaMarch 31 - Eritrea have pulled out of the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco for no apparent reason. They had been due to face South Sudan in the first round of the preliminary phase over two legs in April.

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Hayatou says its time for an African nation to crash the 2014 party

Issa HayatouBy Andrew Warshaw
March 17 - African football chief Issa Hayatou says it's time the Continent provided at least one World Cup semifinalist.

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Egypt's Ultras call for police to be removed from security at stadia

al ahly fansBy Paul Nicholson
March 13 – Egypt's turbulent political situation has become inextricably linked to club football in the country and the political activities of the fans who have been leaders and activists in the revolution and the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak and the President Mohammed Morsi. Now a joint Ultras statement is calling for removal of the police from all football stadia.

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Ghana police investigate death of assistant referee attacked by fans

Assistant refs flagMarch 12 - Police in Ghana have launched an investigation into the death of an assistant referee who was apparently attacked by spectators after a second division game.

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Player bonuses threatened as Nigerian FA appeals asks for more World Cup cash

super eaglesBy Paul Nicholson
March 12 – Nigeria's seemingly endless struggle and debate over how much and when to pay win bonuses to its national team players and officials has begun for the World Cup already. But while there is a will to pay, there may not be a way with the current budget for the 2014 tournament to be granted by the government expected to come in at only half the requested amount by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

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Ghana bank rolls out $10m sponsorship, but one player will certainly miss out

Ghana sponsorshipFebruary 28 - The Ghana Premier League, which has signed Ghana's First Capital Plus Bank as its headline sponsor, is rolling out a number of marketing initiatives to support the partnership. The bank will pay $10 million in five year deal, easily a record sponsorship for the league.

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CAF awards CHAN to Kenya and sets qualifying path for Morocco 2015

Cup of nations 2013 winnersBy Paul Nicholson
February 25 - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has awarded Kenya the rights to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan), Rwanda will host 2016. CAF has also outlined details of the Morocco 2015 Orange Cup of Nations (CAN).

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