AFCON 2015 hits hosting block as South Africa rejects white knight role

AFCON-trophy-607x336By Andrew Warshaw
October 20 - The troubled African Cup of Nations has received a further blow with the news that South Africa, which has already stepped in twice to rescue the tournament in recent years, may not be willing to do so again.

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CAF hit by ebola crisis as Morocco set to pull out of AFCON 2015 hosting

Morocco 2015 logoBy Andrew Warshaw
October 17 - Once again a new venue looks like being needed for the African Cup of Nations after next year's hosts Morocco reportedly pulled out because of fears over the Ebola virus.

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Nigerians sack Keshi and put anti-gay official in charge of Fair Play and Ethics

stephen keshiBy Mark Baber
October 16 - The first meeting of the new Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, following the disputed but FIFA-supported election of Amaju Pinnick as President, has sacked national team coach Stephen Keshi (pictured) whilst appointing Dilichukwu Onyedinma, who caused international controversy with her campaign to drive lesbians out of Nigerian football, as Deputy Chair of the Committee of Ethics and Fair Play.

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Ebola crisis forces CAF to consider shifting AFCON 2015 in Morocco

Ebola protestBy Andrew Warshaw
October 16 - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has agreed to discuss a plea by organisers of next year's African Nations Cup to postpone the 16-nation tournament because of the ebola crisis but stressed there are currently no plans to shift it.

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Judge sets new court date as NFF execs escape jail terms, for now

Jos-high-courtBy Mark Baber
October 9 - The immediate past President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Aminu Maigari, Secretary-General Musa Amadu and others escaped imprisonment for contempt of court on Wednesday by not turning up to court.

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CAF: Seven bidders enter race to host 2017 Africa Cup of Nations


AFCON-trophy-607x336By Mark Baber
October 8 - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced seven bidders in the competition to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations; Algeria, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan and Zimbabwe.

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FIFA delivers media education to Djibouti TV and journos

djibouti-home-football-shirt-2002-2003-s 26338 2By Mark Baber
October 8 - FIFA is this week working together with the Djibouti Football Federation (FDF) to deliver a 5-day training course to 31 local journalists which, it is hoped, will raise the standard of professionalism in football coverage in the country and, it is hoped, bring the Djibouti Premier League to an international audience.

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Nigerian football chiefs face prospect of mass imprisonment

Nigeria shirt logoBy Mark Baber
October 6 - Hearings on Wednesday in Jos will determine the future of many of Nigeria's football administrators, ironically just at the point when it looks like the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is finally putting its house in order, with some help from FIFA.

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FIFA backs Nigerian election as cash for votes allegations mount

Amaju PinnickBy Mark Baber
October 3 - FIFA has thrown its weight behind the newly elected Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick (pictured) who has promised to go to Jos to speak to Chris Giwa. But the situation remains on a knife-edge as another rival declares the election was bought and all factions stay away from the fire-damaged NFF Headquarters Glass House which is guarded by plain-clothes security with Jos High Court injunctions stuck to the doors.

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