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  • Fans rejoice over Benin first goal at CAN finals
    05 february 2004 16:59:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Thousands of supporters of Benin national soccer team, the "Squirrels" poured into Cotonou streets to celebrate the country's first goal at the African Cup of Nations (CAN) finals Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cameroonian star dubs Nigeria-Cameroon tie CAN 'final'
    05 february 2004 16:22:00
    Sousse- Tunisia (PANA) -- England's Manchester United midfielder Eric Djemba Djemba of Cameroon, has described Sunday's African Nations Cup quarter-final between the Indomitable Lions and Nigeria's Super Eagles as the final before the final. Full text...

  • Okocha comments on delay in naming African Footballer
    05 february 2004 16:08:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Nigerian skipper Austin "Jay Jay" Okocha has expressed disappointment with the delay in the announcement of the African Footballer of the Year 2003. Full text...

  • Nigerian fans divided over recall of axed players
    05 february 2004 14:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian football fans are sharply divided in their reactions to the recall of three Super Eagles players, who were sent packing from the team's camp in Tunisia last week after they broke camp rules. Full text...

  • CAN 2004: Nigeria looks beyond quarter-final ticket
    05 february 2004 13:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Celebrations of Nigeria's quarter-final berth at the 2004 Nations Cup have been tempered by the realisation here that the Super Eagles will next square off against perpetual foes Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the fight for the last four places. Full text...

  • Football stakeholders sue Sierra Leone FA
    05 february 2004 12:18:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Council of football clubs, Referees Association, Sports Writers Association, supporters, and coaches grouping as stakeholders in Sierra Leone have petitioned the High Court in Freetown to stop the Sierra Leone Football Association congress set for the weekend. Full text...

  • Ghanaian-born coach Attuquayefio stays with Benin
    05 february 2004 09:53:00
    Sfax- Tunisia (PANA) -- Ghanaian-born coach Cecil Jones Attuquayefio has said he hopes to renew his contract with Benin when it expires in August. Full text...

  • Algerian papers focus on team's CAN qualification
    04 february 2004 23:55:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian papers largely commented on the last-minute qualification of the national team, the Fennecs for 2004 CAN quarter finals. Full text...

  • Nigeria pardons axed Eagles after victory over Benin
    04 february 2004 22:56:00
    Sfax- Tunisia (PANA) -- Nigerian national soccer coach Christian Chukwu announced immediately after the Super Eagles 2-1 win over Benin in their last Group D match at the African Nations Cup (CAN) in Sfax Wednesday, that the three players decamped for breaking camp rules had been pardoned and were free to return to the squad if they so wished. Full text...

  • CAN 2004 quarter-finals kick off Saturday
    04 february 2004 22:31:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Following are the pairings for the quarterfinals of the 2004 Cup of Nations tournament underway here, after the last group-stage matches played Wednesday: Saturday, 7 February: El Menzah (14h00): Mali-Guinea Radès (17h00): Tunisia-Senegal Sunday 8 February: Monastir (14h00): Cameroon-Nigeria Sfax (17h00): Morocco-Algeria Full text...

  • Morocco-South Africa in 1-1 draw; Nigeria beat Benin 2-1
    04 february 2004 19:38:00
    Sousse- Tunisia (PANA) -- Morocco and South Africa Wednesday settled for 1-1 draw in Sousse while Nigeria beat Benin 2-1 in Sfax during their 2004 African Cup of Nations group D matches played in the two Tunisian cities. Full text...

  • Over 100 DR Congo soccer fans vanish in Tunisia
    04 february 2004 17:35:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- More than 100 supporters of the Democratic Republic of Congo's national football team have absconded after its first round elimination from the 24th finals of the African Cup of Nations (CAN), sources close to sports ministry revealed in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Eliminated Rwandan CAN squad returns home as heroes
    04 february 2004 17:27:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Eliminated Rwandan national football team and officials to the African Cup of Nations (CAN) tournament in Tunisia were welcomed Wednesday in Kigali by government officials and a large crowd of supporters. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso's coach on ejector seat?
    04 february 2004 16:55:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Voices in Burkina Faso demanding the dismissal of the technical staff, which is blamed by many supporters for failing to deliver the goods, have risen following the Stallions' rout in the ongoing African Cup of Nations (CAN 2004) in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Cameroon's CAN 2004 showing disappoints fans
    04 february 2004 16:43:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's poor performance during the last Group C match with Egypt was the talk of town Wednesday, with most of the Yaounde residents saying that their team did not play satisfactorily. Full text...

  • ASPL 2000 still tops Mauritian soccer League
    04 february 2004 16:40:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Port-Louis Sports Association 2000 (ASPL), has maintained its six-point lead over rivals Savanne SC on the Mauritian soccer League, after hammering Olympique of Moka 3-0 Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya fights to win back World Rally Championship
    04 february 2004 15:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A year after the Safari Rally Championships was de-listed from the World Motoring Calendar of events, Kenyan authorities have launched a campaign to regain the country's lost motoring glory. Full text...

  • Ex-Congolese football stars lament poor social status
    04 february 2004 14:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Former football stars in DR Congo now feel abandoned by the current government after being accustomed to favours from the erstwhile Mobutu regime that showered incentives, including houses, on the playres after international competitions. Full text...

  • South African soccer in crisis before neeting Morocco
    04 february 2004 14:36:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A few hours before South Africa faces Morocco in a crucial Nokia African Cup of Nations (CAN) match Wednesday, local fans have all but given up hope that Bafana Bafana can salvage its dignity in group D. Full text...

  • Nigerian writer says 4-0 routing hurts SA World Cup bid
    04 february 2004 13:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's four-nil pounding of South Africa at the 2004 Nations Cup in Tunisia has ascended another level, with a popular Nigerian sports commentator saying the defeat could hurt South Africa's bid to stage the 2010 World Cup. Full text...

  • FIFA outlaws Cameroon's controversial jersey
    04 february 2004 11:36:00
    Monastir- Tunisia (PANA) -- Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will play their African Nations Cup quarter-final in more traditional kits after world soccer governing body FIFA banned its bodysuit-like kits here. Full text...

  • Former coach Otto Pfister offers to train DR Congo team
    03 february 2004 22:24:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- Germany's Otto Pfister, who coached the then Zaire in the 1990s has indicated he would like to return to DR Congo and handle the national team, the Congolese News Agency (ACP) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Egyptian coach resigns
    03 february 2004 22:09:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Minutes after their Cup of Nations match Tuesday in which Egypt drew 0-0 with Cameroon to finish third in Group C, hence failing to advanced to the next stage of the competition, coach Mohsen Saleh announced he would resign upon returning to Cairo. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans celebrate CAN consolation victory
    03 february 2004 20:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Soccer-crazy Zimbabweans Tuesday blew car horns and danced in the streets after the national team grabbed a consolation 2-1 victory over fancied Algerians at the Nations Cup in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Libyan coach spies on World Cup opponents in Tunisia
    03 february 2004 19:33:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan national team coach Croatia's Iyan Miliovitch and a senior Libyan football official Abdulmageed Al-Kmechi, have travelled to Tunisia to watch the ongoing African Cup of Nations (CAN) tournament. Full text...

  • Mbo Mpenza's transfer to Standard de Liege fails
    03 february 2004 16:29:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The transfer to Standard de Liege of Belgian striker Mbo Mpenza has failed due to the Mouscron team's high financial demands, sports sources in Brussels said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cameroon-Egypt end in 0-0 draw; Zimbabwe beat Algeria 2-1
    03 february 2004 15:39:00
    Monastir- Tunisia (PANA) -- Defending champions Cameroon and Algeria Tuesday qualified for the quarterfinals of the 2004 African Cup of Nations at the end of their respective matches in Monastir and Sousse, Tunisia. Full text...

  • CAN: Super Eagles off to Sfax for Wednesday's tie against Benin
    03 february 2004 15:39:00
    Monastir- Tunisia (PANA) -- Nigerian Super Eagles left Monastir for Sfax Tuesday for their last Group D match Wednesday against Benin, very confident of getting the result that will take them to the quarter-finals of the ongoing 24th African Nations Cup tournament in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Cameroon vs Egypt; Zimbabwe vs Algeria are goalless at half time
    03 february 2004 14:24:00
    Monastir- Tunisia (PANA) -- Despite Patrick Mboma's last effort to go ahead, Cameroon and Egypt Tuesday settled for a 0-0 draw as the two sides took a break from their 2004 African Cup of Nation group C match being played in Monasir, Tunisia. Full text...

  • Burkinabe fans disappointed by Stallions' rout
    03 february 2004 13:41:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Stallions of Burkina Faso, who had left for the Cup of Nations in Tunisia with all the honours, might not be welcomed by many supporters on their way back. Full text...

  • Malian coach hails team's initial CAN showing
    03 february 2004 13:26:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Malian coach Henri Stambouli has expressed satisfaction with the performance of his team in the group stages of the ongoing CAN 2004, landing atop Group B after their one-all draw against Senegal Monday. Full text...

  • Suspended Nigerian defender to feature against Benin
    03 february 2004 11:30:00
    Monastir- Tunisia (PANA) -- Defender Ifeanyi Udeze, suspended for two matches after he was sent off in the qualifying stages of the Nations Cup, will feature for Nigeria against Benin in their last Group D match Wednesday, team officials disclosed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Coca-Cola expands support to South African football
    03 february 2004 11:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Just three months before the announcement of which country will host the 2010 World Cup, Coca- Cola cemented its partnership with the South African Football Association (SAFA) on Tuesday by entering into a sponsorship agreement with SAFA for another three years. Full text...

  • Cameroonian Patrick Mboma still leads goal-scorers
    03 february 2004 07:45:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Cameroonian striker Patrick Mboma still leads goal-scorers so far at CAN 2004 with four goals following all matches played Monday at the end of the third and last Group B matches. Full text...

  • RD Congo football squad's technical staff fired
    02 february 2004 20:07:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese Football Association (FECOFA) Sunday dismissed the national team's technical staff following its disastrous performance at the on-going African Cup of Nations contest being held in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Ex-FA chief returns to head Zambian football
    02 february 2004 17:16:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Football Association of Zambia president Teddy Mulonga has bounced back into the administration of the local governing body after eclipsing former vice-president Chewe Lupili during elections held in the midlands town of Kabwe at the weekend. Full text...

  • Senegal, Mali draw 1-1; Kenya beat B. Faso 3-0
    02 february 2004 15:28:00
    El Menzah- Tunisia (PANA) -- Senegal and Mali settled for a 1-1 draw in El Menzah to go through to the quarterfinals as Kenya upset Burkina Faso 3-0 in Bizerte in their 2004 African Cup of Nations Group B matches Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal, Mali draw 1-1, B. Faso, Kenya draw 0-0 at half time
    02 february 2004 14:24:00
    El Menzah- Tunisia (PANA) -- Senegal and Mali settled for a 1-1 draw in El Menzah and Burkina Faso and Kenya registered a goalless draw in Bizerte at the break of their 2004 African Cup of Nations Group B matches Monday. Full text...

  • Sports Minister faults FA for Kenya's poor CAN performance
    02 february 2004 14:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Sports Minister Najib Balala has cited inept management at the Kenya Football Federation (KFF), as underlying the country's poor showing at the ongoing Cup of Nations finals in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Two South African players down with injuries at CAN 2004
    02 february 2004 13:25:00
    Sousse- Tunisia (PANA) -- South African players Benson Mhlongo and goalkeeper Emille Baron are down with injuries following the team's Group D Nations Cup match against Nigeria at the weekend, team officials said. Full text...

  • Okocha seeks pardon for expelled players, hints at Bolton stay
    02 february 2004 13:22:00
    Monastir- Tunisia (PANA) -- Nigeria Super Eagles skipper Austin "Jay Jay" Okocha has said the three stars kicked out of the team in Tunisia made a big mistake by breaking camp rules, but should still have been pardoned. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's Berhane sets 5000m World Indoors record
    02 february 2004 11:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Berhane Adere ran alone for the final 3 km of the women's 5000m at the Sparkassen Cup meeting in Stuttgart Germany at the weekend to set a new World indoor record of 14 minutes 39. Full text...

  • Kabila laments DR Congo's poor CAN showing
    02 february 2004 11:16:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- President Joseph Kabila has expressed disappointment at the poor performance of DR Congo at the ongoing Cup of Nations finals in Tunisia, where the team lost all three matches in the first round of the competition. Full text...

  • Guineans extol CAN 2004 hero Titi Camara
    02 february 2004 11:08:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guineans flooded the streets here Sunday afternoon praising veteran striker Aboubacar "Titi" Camara, who scored a vital equaliser 4 minutes to full time in their Group A Nations Cup match with hosts Tunisia, putting Guinea through to the quarterfinals. Full text...

  • Tunisia and Guinea draw 1-1, Rwanda beat RDC 1-0
    01 february 2004 15:33:00
    Rades- Tunisia (PANA) -- After a goalless first half, Tunisia and Guinea Sunday drew 1-1 during their Group A match in Rades, Tunisia. Full text...

  • Ugandan tycoon cited among bidders for ailing English club Leeds
    01 february 2004 14:56:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan businessman Michael Ezra has been reported among other bidders seeking to acquire collapsing English premier league club Leeds United. Full text...

  • European clubs scramble for Zimbabwean goalkeeper
    01 february 2004 14:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In spite of Zimbabwe's first round exit from the Nations Cup finals in Tunisia after successive defeats from Cameroon and Egypt, agile goal-keeper Energy Murambadoro has set off a rush among European clubs to sign him up. Full text...

  • Angry Zimbabwe fans attack player's home
    01 february 2004 14:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Irate Zimbabwe football fans attacked the home of one of the country's national team players for missing a goal scoring opportunity at the Nations Cup finals in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Tunisia vs Guinea, Rwanda vs RD Congo are 0-0 at halftime
    01 february 2004 14:16:00
    Rades- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia, already qualified for the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations, Sunday drew 0-0 against Guinea at half time during their Group A match underway in Rades, Tunisia. Full text...

  • Nigerian papers celebrate Eagles' victory over South Africa
    01 february 2004 12:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a turnaround from the widespread criticism that followed Nigeria's 0-1 loss to Morocco in their 2004 Nations Cup opener, Nigerian newspapers Sunday hailed the Super Eagles for their 4-0 victory over South Africa in their second group tie in Monastir, Tunisia. Full text...

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