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  • Italian club to release Martins for Nigeria's Olympic tie
    23 march 2004 09:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Top Italian football club Inter Milan has agreed to release striker Obafemi Martins for Nigeria's crucial 2004 Olympic qualifying match in Tunisia, finally dousing fears by team officials that the player had opted out of the game. Full text...

  • Senegal backs Morocco's 2010 World Cup bid
    22 march 2004 23:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal senior sports minister Youssoupha Ndiaye Monday announced his country's support for Morocco's bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals to be held in Africa. Full text...

  • Asec still top Ivorian premier league
    22 march 2004 17:45:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The front-runner of the Ivorian premier league, Asec Mimosas, is four points clear of its rival contenders, Africa Sport, following the fifth round played this weekend in Abidjan and elsewhere in the country. Full text...

  • Mali, Cameroon to summon professionals for Olympic tie
    22 march 2004 16:41:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali and Cameroon Under-20 national teams will call on the services of international players ahead of their last Olympic Games qualifying match slated for 28 March in Bamako, sources close to the Malian Football Federation told PANA Monday. Full text...

  • AS Douanes advance to Champions League second round
    22 march 2004 16:02:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's AS Douanes have qualified for the second round of the Champions League following its goalless draw with Benin's Dragons of Oueme during the second leg of their preliminaries played Sunday in Lome, the Togolese capital. Full text...

  • Results of CAF inter-club matches
    22 march 2004 15:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Here is a round up of Confederation of African Football inter-club return matches played over the weekend in the contests for Champions League and the Confederation Cup: Champions League results Civics CC (Nam) v Supersport United (RSA) 0-1 ASC Jaraaf (Sen) v ASFAG (Guinea) 2-1 Sahel (Niger) v Al Ittihad (Libya) 2-0 St Michel (Sey) v Eco Redipharm (Mad) 2-0 Orland Pirates (RSA) v Matlama (Les) 4-0 Julius Berger (Ngr) v ASFA Yennega (B. Full text...

  • Burundi president mediates in football rulers' stand-off
    22 march 2004 14:50:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The two rival groups vying for the chairmanship of the Burundi Football Federation (FFB) have agreed to set up a provisional committee to deal with football affairs, thanks to the good offices of President Domitien Ndayizeye. Full text...

  • Egyptian football league update
    22 march 2004 11:45:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Following are scores recorded in the 15th round of the Egyptian elite football league played Sunday: Zamalek/Canal 1-1 Baladiyet Al Mahala/Ahli 0-3 Ismaili-Enppi 2-1 Tersana/Harras Al Hoddoud 2-1 Assouan/Masri 0-1 Mansoura/Ghazl Al Mahala 0-0 Koroum/Ittihad 1-3 Ranking: Played Won Drawn Lost 1 Zamalek 15 12 3 0 2 Ahli 15 10 1 4 3 Enppi 15 8 5 2 4 Ittihad 15 9 2 4 5 Ismaili 14 8 3 3 6 Ghazl Al Mahala 14 7 3 4 7 Harras Al-Hoddoud 15 6 5 4 8 Masri 15 7 2 6 9 Tersana 15 4 3 8 10 Baladiyet Al-Mahala 15 4 2 9 11 Assouan 15 3 3 9 12 Canal 15 3 2 10 13 Mansoura 15 2 5 8 14 Koroum 15 0 3 12 Full text...

  • Malian football clubs out of African competitions
    22 march 2004 11:37:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian club sides Stade Malien and Djoliba, were respectively ousted from the Champions League and CAF Cup competitions at the weekend. Full text...

  • Inter Milan striker Obafemi Martins shuns Nigeria again
    22 march 2004 10:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Inter Milan striker Obafemi Martins has again turned down an invitation to play for Nigeria when he opted out of the country's Olympic soccer qualifier in Tunisia Saturday, Nigeria's Under-23 team coach Kadiri Ikhana told PANA in Lagos Monday. Full text...

  • Enyimba FC lose chance to lead Nigerian league
    22 march 2004 10:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- African champions Enyimba of Aba lost by a lone goal to Dolphin of Port Harcourt at home Sunday, frittering away the chance to climb to the top of the Nigerian league table. Full text...

  • Benin clubs out of African competitions
    22 march 2004 10:46:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin first division clubs Dragons FC and Mogas 90 were bundled out of African football competitions in the preliminaries played at the weekend. Full text...

  • Cotonsport, Racing lead Cameroonian championship
    22 march 2004 10:32:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cotonsport and Racing still lead Groups A and B of the Cameroonian first division football championship after the fourth round played at the weekend. Full text...

  • Kenya's Masai clinches third short course gold
    22 march 2004 10:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Edith Masai won her third IAAF World Cross Country women's short course title, salvaging Kenya's dented pride in Brussels on Sunday. Full text...

  • Bekele retains gold in World Cross long course
    22 march 2004 09:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia concluded his third World Cross Country double by winning the senior men's 12 km event at the 32nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday. Full text...

  • Aviacao of Angola beat SC CILU in Champions League
    22 march 2004 09:07:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Sporting Club Cimenterie Lukala (SC CILU) crashed out of the African Champions league at the weekend with a 0-1 defeat to Aviacao of Angola in the first round second leg of the African Champions League. Full text...

  • Congo's St Michel Ouenze beat Gabon's US Bitam
    21 march 2004 20:04:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Congo's Saint Michel Ouenze sneaked past Gabon's Union Sportive of Bitam (USB) 4-3 after penalty kicks in their second leg preliminaries of the African Champions League played in Libreville, the Gabonese capital. Full text...

  • Amazulu boots Mozambique's Maxaquene out of CAF tourney
    21 march 2004 19:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean top-flight soccer champions, Amazulu Sunday beat Mozambique's Maxaquene 4-3 away from home in a first round second leg tie of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League. Full text...

  • African women lose race to Australia's Johnson
    21 march 2004 19:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Ejigayehu Dibaba settled for the second spot in the senior women's 8km race in 27:29, while defending champion Werknesh Kidane, also of Ethiopia, was third in 27:34 in Saturday's IAAF World Cross Country Championships at Brussel's Parc Van Laeken. Full text...

  • Morocco summon professionals for Olympic tie
    21 march 2004 17:12:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) has summoned 20 players to report for training camp at the national football centre in Maamora near Rabat starting Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopians clean-sweep women's junior race
    21 march 2004 16:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- For the first time in the history of the junior women's race, Kenya failed to produce an individual medallist as fierce rivals Ethiopia swept the boards clean at Saturday's 32nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Brussels, Belgium. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's Dynamos beat Savanne 3-0 in CAF tie
    21 march 2004 16:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Dynamos football club Sunday beat Savanne SC of Mauritius 3-0 in the first round of their second leg tie of the Confederation Cup qualifiers. Full text...

  • "King" Bekele does it again, leads Ethiopian onslaught
    21 march 2004 16:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Unbeatable Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopian has struck gold to retain the World Cross Country Championships men's 4km short course race in Brussels, Belgium. Full text...

  • Malawi's Bakili Bullets beat Uganda SC Villa
    21 march 2004 16:17:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A 2-1 home win two-weeks ago helped Malawi's Bakili Bullets FC Sunday to bundle Uganda's SC Villa out of the 2004 African Champions League after a goalless draw here at Kampala's Nelson Mandela National Stadium. Full text...

  • Tanzania's Mtibwa eliminates Kenya's Chemelil
    21 march 2004 13:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two goals by Joseph Kaniki saw Mtibwa Sugar football club of Tanzanian eliminate Kenya's Chemelil Sugar from the ongoing African Confederations Cup tournament on Saturday. Full text...

  • FIFA delegation begins visit to Cairo Sunday
    21 march 2004 13:20:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- FIFA President Joseph Blatter, his deputy and chairman of the Asian Football Federation, Mohamed Ben Hamam are beginning a visit here Sunday afternoon at the invitation of Egyptian authorities. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Berger out of African Champions League
    21 march 2004 10:36:00
    Abeokuta- Nigeria (PANA) -- ASFA Yennenga of Burkina Faso on Saturday qualified for the next round of the CAF Champions League when it held Nigeria's Julius Berger to a 0-0 draw in a return leg first round tie staged in Abeokuta. Full text...

  • Tunisians prepare for tie with Nigerians
    20 march 2004 20:13:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Ahead of their crucial tie against Nigeria on 27 March, critical to advancing to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Tunisia's coach Khémaïs Laâbidi has selected 22 players for a weeklong camp starting from Sunday. Full text...

  • Gabon USM knocks Rwanda Kiyovu Sports out of CAF cup
    20 march 2004 19:44:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's Union Sportive of Ombilia Nziami (USM) Saturday beat Rwandan club of Kiyovu Sports 2-1 in their second leg tie of the Confederation African Football (CAF) Cup preliminaries played here. Full text...

  • Libyan runner prepares for Olympics in Morocco
    20 march 2004 16:11:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Libyan runner Ali Zayed is in the Moroccan town of Ifrane (mid-Atlas) preparing ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games to be held from 13 to 29 August in Athens, Greece. Full text...

  • Senegalese football strife threatens friendly tie with Algeria
    20 march 2004 12:56:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- A friendly football match billed for 31 March between Algeria and Senegal might be postponed, Algerian Football Federation (FAF) sources hinted Saturday, citing wrangling within the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF), which is currently at odds with national coach Guy Stephan. Full text...

  • Libyan premier league update
    20 march 2004 12:34:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Following are scores recorded Friday on the sixth day of play in the Libyan premier league: Al-Madina/Wifak 0-1 Al-Swihli/Rafik 0-1 Al-Olympique/Al-Akhdar 1-0 Al-Hilal/Al-Tirsana 1-0 Al-Wahda/Al-Ahli 0-2 Rankings: Pts P W D L GF GA 1 Al-Ahli 41 19 13 3 3 32 16 2 Al-Olympique 40 19 12 4 3 31 13 3 Al-Hilal 36 19 10 6 3 24 12 4 Al-Ittihad 34 18 9 7 2 23 7 5 Al-Nasr 30 18 8 6 4 20 19 6 Al-Madina 26 19 7 5 7 18 18 7 Rafik 25 19 5 10 4 15 12 8 Al-Akhdar 22 19 5 7 7 19 22 9 Al-Tahaddi 21 18 5 5 7 15 19 10 Wifak 20 19 5 5 9 12 18 11 Al-Swihli 17 19 5 3 11 15 26 12 Al-Wahda 15 19 4 3 12 13 28 13 Al-Charara 13 18 2 7 9 17 29 14 Al-Tirsana 12 19 2 6 11 14 29 Full text...

  • Coffee FC, Uganda Express clash in Confederation Cup tie
    20 march 2004 12:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Hosts Coffee FC take on visiting Uganda Express football club here on Sunday, in a second leg of the Confederation Cup preliminaries. Full text...

  • Senegalese flag bearers poised for Champions League return leg
    20 march 2004 09:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal, (PANA) -- Senegalese club sides Jeanne d'Arc and Diaraf are set for the return leg of the Champions League this weekend, having pulled wins in the away leg a fortnight back against ASFAG of Guinea (1-0) and Gambia Armed Forces (3-0) respectively. Full text...

  • Poor administration killing East African football
    19 march 2004 16:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Poor football administration and mismanagement in the sport are robbing East Africa of an opportunity to be among the elite of national soccer powerhouses in Africa. Full text...

  • Mali's Stade Malien FC in Ghana to face Hearts of Oak
    19 march 2004 16:18:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's football club, Stade Malien of Bamako, has gone to Ghana without its Swiss coach, Christian Zermatten, to take on Hearts Of Oak of Accra in the second leg of the African Champions League's preliminaries Saturday, sports sources told PANA Friday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso qualify for African military cup
    19 march 2004 15:52:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Burkina Faso has qualified for the African military football cup finals slated for November in Bamako, Mali, following its victories over Niger in the preliminaries. Full text...

  • Firm dumps All Africa Games' stadium over mounting debts
    19 march 2004 14:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- German construction firm Julius Berger has withdrawn as the company maintaining the new National Stadium in Abuja due several millions of naira owed it by Nigerian government, sports officials have said. Full text...

  • Controversial Nigerian player to play for Danish club
    19 march 2004 13:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ahmed Garba, alias Yaro Yaro, who is at the centre of a protest by Egyptian club Ismaili against African champions Enyimba, has been finally cleared to play professional football for Danish team AB Copenhagen, officials of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) have announced. Full text...

  • Kenya's Chemelil FC in Tanzania for cup tie
    19 march 2004 11:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Chemelil Sugar FC are in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for Saturday's Confederation Cup return match against Mtibwa Sugar. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's St George FC to face Sudan's Hilal Sunday
    19 march 2004 10:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's oldest football club, St George, has travelled to Khartoum to take on a Sudanese side, Hilal, on Sunday in the second leg of their African Champion's League qualifiers. Full text...

  • 64 African clubs in weekend showdown
    19 march 2004 08:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A total of 64 African club sides go into action this weekend in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League and Confederation Cup competitions at venues across the continent. Full text...

  • Malawi's Bakili Bullets in Uganda for CAF tie
    19 march 2004 08:05:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- Malawi's Bakili Bullets arrived here Friday for the second leg tie of the CAF African Champions league against Uganda's SC Villa at the Nelson Mandela National Stadium on Sunday in Kampala. Full text...

  • Rwandan athletes head for Brussels
    18 march 2004 20:42:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda's team of athletes to the 32nd world cross-country championships left the country Thursday for Brussels, Belgium. Full text...

  • Niger D1 League update
    18 march 2004 20:35:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Following are results of the tenth day of play in the Niger premier league: Group A: AS FINIS-Olympic 0-1 AS Douane-Akokana 1-0 JS Ténéré-Espoir 2-1 AS FAN-Entente 1-0 Standings: Points GA 1 AS FINIS 23 +13 2 AS FAN 19 +8 3 Olympic 13 +10 4 JS Ténéré 13 +9 5 Espoir 11 0 6 Akokana 9 +3 7 AS Douanes 8 -13 8 Entente 2 -33 Group B: Nassara-Sahel 2-2 US Gendarmerie-Zumunta 1-2 Dan Gourmou-Jangorzo 1-2 Urana-AS Police Postponed Standings: Points GA 1 Sahel 20 +14 2 Nassara 20 +6 3 As Police 14 +2 4 Jangorzo 14 +1 5 Urana 13 +2 6 US Gendarmerie 10 -5 7 Zumunta 10 -9 8 Dan Gourmou 2 -11 Full text...

  • Ivorian pro refuses to play for national team
    18 march 2004 19:18:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian-born Ermerse Fae, who plays for French club Nantes has refused to join the Ivorian national football team, according to sources at the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF). Full text...

  • ASEC regains top slot in Ivorian soccer league
    18 march 2004 16:57:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- ASEC beat Stella Club of Adjame 3-0 Wednesday in a rescheduled match of the 4th round of the Ivorian first division football league, to regain the top slot with 12 points at the table. Full text...

  • International tennis coach trains Ivorian players
    18 march 2004 13:25:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The director of development for West and Central Africa for the International Tennis Federation (ITF), Achille Takpa, has arrived in Abidjan to organise a five- day training session, the local federation said. Full text...

  • Results of delayed matches of Cameroonian D1 league
    18 march 2004 13:19:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Results of the rescheduled matches in the 3rd round of the Cameroonian first division football championship league played Wednesday are as followings: Group A Cintra - University 3-1 Tonnerre - Unisport 2-2 Kadji - Mt Cameroon 0-2 Ranking: 1 - Cotonsport 7 pts (+3), 2 - Fovu 6 pts (+3), 3 - Mt Cameroon 4 pts (+1), 4 - Kadji 4 pts (-1) - Tonnerre 4 pts (-1), 6 - Sable 3 pts (0), 7 - Cintra 3 pts (-2), 8 - Unisport 2 pts (0), 9 - University 0 pt (-1) Group B Victoria - Canon 0-2 Ranking: 1 - Racing 9 pts (+6), 2 - Canon 6 pts (+3), 3 - Renaissance 6 pts (0), 4 - Botafogo 5 pts (+1), 5 - Union 4 pts (0), 6 - Esperance 3 pts (-1), 7 - Victoria 1 pt (-2), 8 - Bamboutos 0 pt (-1), 9 - PWD 0 pt (-2) Full text...

  • Kabbah dissolves Sierra Leone FA
    18 march 2004 13:17:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah has dissolved the Executive Committee of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) headed by newly-appointed Supreme Court Justice Metland Tholla Thompson. Full text...

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