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  • Algeria stays atop African boxing championships
    17 may 2003 17:08:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Algeria continued to call the shots at the ongoing 12th African amateur boxing championships, with six of its boxers punching their way to the finals due here Saturday evening. Full text...

  • Orlando Pirates emerge South African champs
    17 may 2003 16:26:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A one-all draw with Wits University at Royal Bafokeng Stadium Saturday was enough for Soweto club side Orlando Pirates to lift South Africa's premier league title this year. Full text...

  • African boxing championship semifinals results
    17 may 2003 16:08:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Following are the results of the semifinals of the 12th African amateur boxing championships, held Friday in Yaounde: Light flyweight (48 Kg): Ramasia Jonan (Botswana) beat Saki Cherif (Algeria) Rasoanaivo Anicet (Madagascar) beat Redouane Doucht (Morocco) Flyweight (51 Kg): Luza Master (Botswana) beat Soltani Nebarak (Algeria) Hicham Mesbani (Morocco) beat Augustin Celestin (Madagascar) Bantamweight (54 Kg): Bruno Julie (Mauritius) beat Gabanda Festus (Rwanda) Bouziane Malik (Algeria) beat Hamit Ait (Morocco) Spuer bantamweight (57 Kg): Santos Ndang (Equatorial Guinea) beat Boanene Alain (Cameroon) by default Lightweight (60 Kg): Tamsa Mani Tahar (Morocco) beat Taoufik Chobba (Tunisia) Ziani Hocine (Algeria) beat Khunwang Gilbert (Botswana) Super-lightweight (64 Kg): Mwelase Sipho (South Africa) beat Hicham Nafil (Morocco) by default Allalou M. Full text...

  • Red Star, Rombo lift Ivorian handball Cups
    16 may 2003 22:51:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Red Star beat Sport+ 34-24 Thursday evening to win the Ivorian handball challenge cup (men) while Rombo mauled Cocody Handball Club (CHBC) 41-14 to lift the women's trophy. Full text...

  • Latest IAAF world rankings
    16 may 2003 21:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Following is a summary of the latest International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rankings: Men: Country Points Event 1 Hicham El-Guerrouj Morocco 1435 1500m 2 Felix Sanchez Dominican Rep 1408 400mH 3 Tim Montgomery USA 1399 100m 4 Bernard Lagat Kenya 1390 1500m 5 Christian Olsson Sweden 1389 Triple Jump/Ind 6 Anier Garcia Cuba 1387 110/60mH 7 Jonathan Edwards Britain 1378 triple jump 8 Dwain Chambers Britain 1376 100m 9 Benjamin Limo Kenya 1375 5000/3000m 10 Sammy Kipketer Kenya 1371 5000/10,000/3000m 11 Roman Serble Czech Rep 1369 decathlon 11 Maurice Greene USA 1369 100m 13 Stephanie Diagana France 1369 400mH 14 Wilson Kipketer Denmark 1367 800m/800m ind 15 Robert Fazekas Hungary 1362 discus 15 Stephen Cherono Kenya 1362 3000m SC 17 Allen Johnson USA 1358 110mH/60mH 17 Frank Fredricks Namibia 1358 100m/200/200m ind 19 James Carter USA 1356 400mH 20 Cornelius Chirchir Kenya 1352 1500m/1500m ind 21 David Krummenacker USA 1349 800m/1500m 21 Wilson Kipketer Kenya 1349 3000m SC 23 Adrian Annus Hungary 1348 hammer 24 Koji Murofushi Japan 1347 hammer 25 Adam Nelson USA 1346 shot put 25 Tim Lobinger Germany 1346 pole vault 25 Walter Davis USA 1346 triple jump 28 Francis Obikwelu Portugal 1343 100m/200m 28 Stefan Holm Sweden 1343 high jump 30 Michael Blackwood Jamaica 1342 400m 30 Jeff Hartwig USA 1342 pole vault Women: 1 Gail Devers USA 1398 100mH/60mH 2 Marion Jones USA 1394 100m/200m 3 Ana Guevara Mexico 1393 400m 4 Berhane Adere Ethiopia 1380 5000/3000 4 Maria Mutola Mozambique 1380 800/1500/800m 6 Gabriela Szabo Romania 1377 1500/5000/3000 7 Kajsa Bergqvist Sweden 1375 high jump 8 Brigittee Foster Jamaica 1353 100mH 9 Glory Alozie Spain 1352 100mH/60mH 9 Zhanna Block Ukraine 1352 100m/200m/60m 11 Tatyana Kotova Russia 1351 long jump 11 Svetlana Feofanova Russia 1351 pole vault 13 Caroline Kluft Sweden 1349 heptathlon 14 Lorraine Fenton Jamaica 1347 400m 15 Edith Masai Kenya 1342 5000/3000m/cross 16 Alesya Turova Belarus 1338 100/200/200m ind 18 Tayna Lawrence Jamaica 1337 100m 18 Regina Jacobs USA 1337 1500m/1500m ind 20 Anjanette Kirkland USA 1328 100Mh 21 Hestrie Cloete RSA 1327 high jump 22 Debbie Ferguson Bahamas 1326 100m/200m 22 Ashia Hansen Britain 1326 triple jump 24 Michelle Collins USA 1324 400m/200m ind 25 Chrste Gaines USA 1322 100m 26 Jolanda Ceplak Slovakia 1319 800m/800m ind 27 Tatyana Tomashova Russia 1317 1500m/5000m/3000m 27 Fracoise Mbango Cameroon 1317 long/triple jump 29 Jearl Clark USA 1314 400/800m 30 Osleidys Menendez Cuba 1313 javelin throw 30 Yelena Zadorozhnaya Russia 1313 1500m/5000m/3000m Full text...

  • Stade Malien hosts USM Algiers in Champions League tie
    16 may 2003 21:14:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Stade Malien of Bamako and USM of Algiers will lock horns Sunday at the Modibo Keita Stadium of Bamako in a Champions League second round first leg match. Full text...

  • Three Gabonese head for world table tennis championship
    16 may 2003 21:07:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Three Gabonese table-tennis players, Leandre Edemessi, Patrick Nzoghe and Souleymane Diop are due in Paris (France) for the world championship billed to run 19 through 25 May, the Gabonese Table Tennis Federation (FEGATT) indicated Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia to play Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire in friendlies
    16 may 2003 20:24:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia's national football team will play two friendly matches against Nigeria on 20 August and Cote d'Ivoire on 10 September as part of its preparations for the 2004 African Cup of Nations finals, the Tunisian Football Federation said on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya faces Yugoslavia in World Youth volleyball opener
    16 may 2003 18:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Hosts Kenya will take on Yugoslavia in the opening match of the 8th World Girls Under-18 Volleyball Championship set for 9-17 August in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Team selection for England tie splits South Africans
    16 may 2003 16:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Never before has the selection of the national football team caused so much controversy in South Africa as it did this week when Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba named a line up of mostly local players to take on England in a friendly next Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigerian soccer leagues resume after six-week break
    16 may 2003 12:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The second round of both the Nigerian premier and professional division one leagues will resume this weekend following a six-week break to allow for the conclusion of the country's general elections. Full text...

  • Nigerians disappoint Swaziland over friendly tie
    16 may 2003 08:52:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Thursday cancelled a friendly match previously scheduled for 31 May with Swaziland's national team, Sihlangu Semnikati, a local FA official confirmed Friday. Full text...

  • Ex-Ivorian star Joel Tiehi to set up football foundation
    15 may 2003 21:20:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Joel Tiehi, a former Ivorian national player, has decided to set up a foundation to promote football in the country. Full text...

  • Zambia's Dynamos in Nairobi for CAF match
    15 may 2003 20:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Zambia's Power Dynamos have vowed to win their Africa Cup Winners Cup second-round match against Kenya Pipeline here on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Ghana renew soccer rivalry
    15 may 2003 19:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and Ghana will re-enact their age-old soccer rivalry when they clash on the opening day of the Nigerian "LG Cup" 30 May in Abuja, organisers of the four-nation tournament told PANA Thursday in Lagos. Full text...

  • Nigeria's friendly with Jamaica suffers more withdrawals
    15 may 2003 19:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Several more Nigerian players have pulled out of a friendly tie against Jamaica in Kingston on 25 May, officials of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) have said in Lagos. Full text...

  • Ghana's Zakari, others arrive for Nigerian athletics meet
    15 may 2003 19:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Top sprinter Aziz Zakari of Ghana has arrived in Nigeria along with nine other top athletes ahead of Saturday's international athletics meet to test-run facilities at the new Abuja Stadium, built specially for the All-Africa Games in October, officials told PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • African boxing championship enters semifinals Friday
    15 may 2003 19:01:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Some 44 pugilists from 12 countries are on roll for the semifinals of the 12th African boxing championship coming up Friday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • South African coach lists locals for England friendly
    15 may 2003 17:26:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Embattled South African coach Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba Thursday named his Bafana Bafana squad, comprising mostly local players, to take on England in a friendly international next week. Full text...

  • Results of African Boxing Championship 5th round
    15 may 2003 14:08:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The 5th round of the African Amateur Boxing Championship played Wednesday in Yaounde produced the following results: Light Flyweight (48 kg) - Martey Joseph (Ghana) beat Ndjemba Richard (Cameroon) on points - Ramasia Jonan (Botswana) beat Rasoanaivo Anicet (Madagascar) on points - Saki Cherif (Algeria) beat Milindi Livings (Rwanda) on points Flyweight (51kg) - Soltani Nebarak (Algeria) beat Walid Cherif (Tunisia) on points - Anaba Eric (Cameroon) beat Bashumba M. Full text...

  • African footballers all set for weekend clashes
    14 may 2003 22:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Confederation of African Football's (CAF) three club cup holders will continue the defense of their titles in the first leg of the final-round matches set for this weekend. Full text...

  • CAF reschedules Zimbabwe, Reunion teams' encounter
    14 may 2003 22:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The second leg of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League match between Saint Louisenne of Reunion and the Highlanders of Zimbabwe will take place on Saturday, CAF has said. Full text...

  • All Africa Games football draw set for June
    14 may 2003 22:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The draw for both men and women's football competitions in the 8th All Africa Games taking place in Nigeria from 4 to 18 October will be held in Abuja on 5 June, according to the Cairo-based Confederation of African Football. Full text...

  • Egyptian club due in Mauritius Thursday for CAF Champions tie
    14 may 2003 20:14:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Egypt's Ismaila FC is expected Thursday in Mauritius for Sunday's first-leg second-round African Champions League match against Association Sportive of Port-Louis (ASPL), a Mauritian Football Federation (MFA) official said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Pretoria to set up ministerial team for 2010 World Cup bid
    14 may 2003 16:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa is to set up an Inter-ministerial committee to oversee government's input into the country's bid to host the 2010 FIFA soccer World Cup, an official said Wednesday. Full text...

  • China out of Nairobi volleyball Championship due to SARS
    14 may 2003 15:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The People's Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taipei) have withdrawn from the 9-17 August World Youth volleyball championship in Nairobi following the outbreak SARS in the Far East. Full text...

  • Wydad of Casablanca dismiss coach
    14 may 2003 14:54:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan club, Wydad of Casablanca has dismissed its French-Yugoslavian coach Zarko Olarevic before he could sign up a contract, club sources said here Wednesday, Olarevic is the third coach dismissed by Wydad since the beginning of the season, after Rachid Taoussi of Morocco and Oscar Fullone of Argentina. Full text...

  • Zambia's Dynamos due in Nairobi Thursday for CAF tie
    14 may 2003 14:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Zambia's Power Dynamos are due to arrive Nairobi Thursday ahead of an African Football Confederation (CAF) Cup Winners Cup second round tie against Kenya Pipeline at the weekend, officials said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • African Boxing Championship update
    14 may 2003 13:58:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Twenty-seven bouts are billed for Wednesday in the 5th round of the African Amateur Boxing Championship convening since last Saturday in Yaounde, Cameroon. Full text...

  • Uganda grants citizenship to DR Congo soccer players
    14 may 2003 13:52:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Three former players from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have obtained Ugandan citizenship and will join the national senior squad which begins residential training Thursday to prepare for qualifiers to the 2004 African Cup of Nations Cup finals in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Uncertainty beclouds Nigeria, Brazil soccer friendly
    14 may 2003 12:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Uncertainty has overtaken the proposed friendly match between Nigeria and Brazil billed for 11 June, according to local press reports Wednesday. Full text...

  • African boxing contest to award first medals Friday
    13 may 2003 21:59:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The first medals of the 12th African boxing championships being hosted by Cameroon since Saturday will be awarded on Friday, sources close to the organising committee said. Full text...

  • CAR basketball team gears up for Zone 4 tourney
    13 may 2003 21:37:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The basketball team of the Central African Republic (CAR) is teeming with confidence and determination, local officials boasted, ahead of a Zone 4 tournament slated to run 31 May through 7 June in Yaounde, Cameroon. Full text...

  • FARIM delegation visits Riyadh
    13 may 2003 21:06:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A delegation of the Mauritanian Football Federation (FARIM) led by the chairman of the national teams' commission, Ahmed Ould Mohamed Marhaba, is participating at a Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) meeting of the Arab Football Union (UAFA), official sources have said. Full text...

  • Maghreb countries dictate pace at African boxing championship
    13 may 2003 21:02:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Maghreb countries continued their lead as the African boxing championships underway here scaled Round 3 with Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia maintaining their presence in all categories. Full text...

  • CAF club draws set for 10 July
    13 may 2003 20:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Draws for the main rounds of the Champions League, CAF Cup and Cup Winners Cup competitions will be held in Cairo, Egypt on 10 July, according to the African Football Confederation (CAF). Full text...

  • IAAF increases doping controllers ahead of 2004 Olympics
    13 may 2003 19:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- To curb doping at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, international sports federations have increased the number of doping control officers, the world athletics governing body IAAF warned athletes on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2004 Olympics tickets go on sale in Nigeria
    13 may 2003 11:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has appointed a local company, Home Bond Trust Ltd. Full text...

  • Nigeria cancels Japan friendly due to SARS fears
    13 may 2003 11:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) has finally pulled the "Super Eagles" out of a friendly international match against Japan on 11 June due to fears of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which has affected several Asian countries. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone FA names 12 internationals for Morocco tie
    13 may 2003 09:01:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone is rallying twelve foreign-based players, including a Sheffield United Star and Inter Milan's Mohamed Kallon, for Leone Stars CAN qualifier return-leg match against Morocco Atlas Lions in Rabat on 6 June. Full text...

  • 12th African Boxing championship kicks off in Yaounde
    11 may 2003 15:03:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Some 90 boxers from 14 countries are taking part in the 12th African boxing championship that kicked off here Saturday, featuring 11 categories and four-round bouts. Full text...

  • CAB clears Gabon for Pan-African Games
    11 may 2003 12:26:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- In spite of Gabon's dismissal from the African boxing championship underway in Yaounde, a release issued Saturday by the African Boxing Confederation (CAB) said the country was still eligible for the African Games due 4-20 October in Abuja, Nigeria. Full text...

  • Organisation of SADC Games to cost a million dollars (corrected)
    11 may 2003 12:05:00
    Namaacha- Mozambique (PANA) -- Youth and Sports minister Joel Libombo has said Mozambique would require at least a million US dollars to host the next Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Games billed for April-May 2004 in Maputo. Full text...

  • IAAF Japan Grand Prix results
    11 may 2003 11:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African athletes swept the boards in the men's 5000m race as the IAAF Japan Grand Prix ended in Osaka late Saturday. Full text...

  • Organisation of SADC Games to cost a million dollars
    11 may 2003 10:58:00
    Namaacha- Mozambique (PANA) -- Youth and Sports minister Joel Libombo has said Mozambique would require a least a million US dollars to host the next Southern African Development Community (SADC) Games billed for April-May 200r in Maputo. Full text...

  • Burundi names 38-man squad for Cote d'Ivoire CAN tie
    10 may 2003 19:52:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Thirty-eight local players have been selected for Burundi's encounter with Cote d'Ivoire 8 June in an African Cup of Nations (CAN) 2004 qualifying tie, the Burundian Football Association (FFB) said Saturday. Full text...

  • Santos advances to South Africa's Absa Cup final
    10 may 2003 17:00:00
    Bleomfontein- South Africa (PANA) -- As expected, giant-killers Santos dashed the hopes of First Division side Bloemfontein Celtics with a convincing 3-0 whipping to reach the grand finale of the multi-million-rand Absa Cup on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria wants basketball tourney moved from Malaysia
    10 may 2003 14:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian officials Saturday requested that the World Junior Basketball Championship, billed for July in Malaysia, be moved to another country as fears over the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) grow. Full text...

  • Twelve Kenyan teams in President's Cup preliminaries
    10 may 2003 12:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Twelve football clubs will participate in three preliminary matches of this year's President's Cup crown kicking off Saturday. Full text...

  • Postponement of polls irks Kenyan football lovers
    10 may 2003 11:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan soccer lovers have angrily reacted to a decision by Sports Minister Najib Balala to postpone the eagerly awaited Kenya Football Federation (KFF) elections. Full text...

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