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  • Obasanjo hails Okocha for BBC award
    27 january 2004 12:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo has hailed Nigerian international midfielder Austin "Jay Jay" Okocha for winning the African Footballer of the Year 2003 award of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), describing him as "a source of genuine pride and inspiration" to Nigeria and Africa. Full text...

  • Mali's Kanoute happy with CAN debut
    27 january 2004 12:51:00
    Bizerte- Tunisia (PANA) -- Striker Frederic Kanoute, who scored a brace against Kenya in his debut with the Malian national football team at the 24th Cup of Nations (CAN) finals underway in Tunisia, has expressed satisfaction with his performance, while acknowledging it was not time to celebrate yet. Full text...

  • Kenyans see blessing in Senegal/Burkina Faso draw
    27 january 2004 12:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Pundits here have welcomed Senegal's barren draw with minnows Burkina Faso in Monday's Cup of Nations Group B first round match in Bizerte, Tunisia saying the score was a blessing to Kenya, which earlier lost 1-3 to Mali in the same pool. Full text...

  • Obasanjo peps Nigerian Eagles ahead of Morocco tie
    27 january 2004 12:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo has sent a goodwill message to the country's national team, the Super Eagles, ahead of Tuesday's Group D opening tie against Morocco at the current African Nations Cup in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Cape Town makes Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay schedule
    27 january 2004 11:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- For the first time, the historic Olympic flame torch relay is coming to Africa, and on June 12 will be in Cape Town. Full text...

  • Nigeria Sports minister visits Eagles in Monastir
    27 january 2004 11:13:00
    Monastir- Tunisia (PANA) -- Nigeria's Sports Minister Musa Mohammed watched the Super Eagles round up preparations Monday for Tuesday's Group D clash with Morocco in Monastir at the ongoing Cup of Nations finals in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Benin stars recover in time for clash with South Africa
    27 january 2004 11:06:00
    Sfax- Tunisia (PANA) -- Benin's top three players, who were all hobbled by injury appeared fit for Tuesday's Cup of Nations clash with better-rated South Africa, as they all trained with the rest of the squad Monday morning at Sfax, Tunisia. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Orji Kalu guns for WAFU top job
    27 january 2004 11:00:00
    Monastir- Tunisia (PANA) -- Governor Orji Uzor Kalu of Nigeria's southeast Abia state is set to contest for the presidency of the sub-regional West African Football Union (WAFU), sources close to the African Football Confederation (CAF) told PANA here. Full text...

  • Hard tackle betrays disguised male in women's football match
    27 january 2004 10:56:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A player at a women's football match in Estcourt, northern KwaZulu Natal Province raised eyebrows after a tackle spectators found too hard for a footballer of the fairer sex, forcing match officials to call in the suspect for an unusual inspection in the dressing room. Full text...

  • Kenyans blame coach for CAN defeat
    27 january 2004 09:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan soccer fans reacted angrily to Monday's Cup of Nations Group B 3-1 defeat by Mali in Bizerte, Tunisia blaming it on poor judgement in the 4-4-2 formation coach Jacob Mulee opted for. Full text...

  • DR Congo soccer fans decry Simba's performance
    26 january 2004 23:09:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Many Congolese soccer fans have been disappointed following Sunday's 1-2 defeat of their national football team (Simba) at the hand of Guinea in its first match of CAN 2004 in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Guinean coach sees win over DR Congo as precious
    26 january 2004 22:35:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Frenchman Michel Dussuyer, who is coaching the Guinean national squad, has described as "precious" the triumph of his team over the "Simbas" of DR Congo during their Group match played sunday in Sfax. Full text...

  • Burkinabes hail Lassina Paré's match handling
    26 january 2004 22:17:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Most Burkinabes who followed the performance of Burkinabe referee Lassina Paré during the Egypt-Zimbabwe match played Sunday in Sfax have given their compatriot thumbs-up. Full text...

  • Coach confident Cameroon will qualify
    26 january 2004 21:44:00
    Sfax- Tunisia (PANA) -- Cameroonian national football team coach Winfried Schaeffer of Germany commended Algerian players for forcing a draw with the "Indomitable Lions" during Sunday's group encounter in Sousse. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso hold Senegal to goal-less draw
    26 january 2004 20:28:00
    El Menzah- Tunisia (PANA) -- Minnows Burkina Faso held the CAN 2002 losing finalists Senegal to a goal-less draw in their 2004 African Cup of Nations match being played in El Menzah, Tunis. Full text...

  • Bamako residents applaud Mali's CAN victory
    26 january 2004 19:30:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- An explosion of joy with car horns and massive demonstration occurred in Bamako and its suburbs Monday following Mali's 3-1 victory over Kenya in the opening group B match of the 24th African Cup of Nations (CAN) in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Senegal,Burkina Faso in goalless draw at halftime
    26 january 2004 19:13:00
    El Menzah- Tunisia (PANA) -- Minnows Burkina Faso held 2002 CAN losing finalists Senegal to a goalless draw as the two sides took a break in their 2004 African Cup of Nations match being played in El Menzah, Tunis. Full text...

  • Congolese irked by Simbas' poor showing against Guinea
    26 january 2004 16:36:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The DR Congolese have expressed disappointment following the poor performance of their national team which lost 1-2 to Guinea in their first African Cup of Nations (CAN) match Sunday. Full text...

  • Mali beat Kenya 3-1 at CAN 2004
    26 january 2004 15:23:00
    Bizerte- Tunisia (PANA) -- Mali beat Kenya 3-1 Monday during their 2004 African Cup of Nations match being played in Bizerte, Tunisia. Full text...

  • Mali lead Kenya 1-0 at halftime
    26 january 2004 14:31:00
    Bizerte- Tunisia (PANA) -- Mali's Lamine Sissoko took advantage of a confused Kenyan defence to slot in his team's first goal in the 28th minute of their 2004 African Cup of Nations match being played in Bizerte, Tunisia, Monday. Full text...

  • Burkinabe cheering squad to spur 'Stallions' in Tunis
    26 january 2004 13:50:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- As Burkina Faso go against Senegal in an uphill Group B tie Monday, the national side could find strength in a cheering squad of about 100 supporters dispatched to Tunisia for the 24th edition of the African Cup of Nations (CAN). Full text...

  • Nigerian companies milk CAN 2004 for higher sales
    26 january 2004 12:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian companies are latching on in droves to the current African Nations Cup (CAN) in Tunisia to market their products and ensure higher sales. Full text...

  • Aboulkarim Mohamadou wins Niger's wrestling crown
    26 january 2004 12:40:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- In what amounts to a feat, Niamey wrestler Abdoulkarim Mohamadou on Sunday took less than a minute to win the 26th edition of the National Wrestling Championship in Niger. Full text...

  • Algerian media hail draw with Cameroon
    26 january 2004 12:34:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian media Monday unanimously applauded the performance of the national football team, following Sunday's 1-1 draw against reigning champions Cameroon in Group C of the 24th Cup of Nations finals in Sousse, Tunisia. Full text...

  • CAF names top player, presents awards in Yaounde April
    26 january 2004 11:58:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will present its various awards for the year 2003 at a ceremony slated for 30 April in the Cameroonian capital Yaounde, an official source has said here. Full text...

  • South Africa hot favourites against Benin in CAN tie
    26 january 2004 10:56:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Ladbrokes, the world's biggest bookmaker has named South Africa's Bafana Bafana hot favourites in Tuesday's Cup of Nations clash with Benin in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Cameroonians disappointed with Algeria draw
    26 january 2004 10:41:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonians who watched their national football team draw 1-1 with Algeria in their first match at the 2004 Cup of Nations (CAN) finals in Tunisia were mostly disappointed, as victory for the 'Indomitable Lions' was virtually taken for granted. Full text...

  • Kenya state TV broadcasts CAN matches live
    26 january 2004 10:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The apprehensions of football fans nationwide were allayed at the weekend, after the state-owned Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) began live broadcasts of matches at the ongoing Cup of Nations finals in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Algerians hold Champions Cameroon to 1-1 draw
    25 january 2004 20:56:00
    Sousse- Tunis (PANA) -- Defending African champions Cameroon and challengers Algeria Sunday night settled for a 1-1 draw in an exciting 2004 African Cup of Nations match played in Sousse, Tunisia. Full text...

  • Cameroon lead Algeria 1-0 at half time
    25 january 2004 19:28:00
    Sousse- Tunis (PANA) -- Cameroon's Geremi Fotso Njitap's overhead cross to forward Patrick Mboma in the 43rd minute gave the Indomitable Lions the only goal of the first half against Algeria in their 2004 African Cup of Nations match being played in Sousse, Tunisia. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's Gebremarium triumphs in Spain
    25 january 2004 19:09:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Rising star Gebregziabher Gebremarium of Ethiopia defied the odds of losing a shoe in the mud on his way to win Sunday's 49th international men's senior 10km cross country event at San Sebastian in Spain. Full text...

  • Three Niger TV channels to broadcast all CAN ties
    25 january 2004 18:28:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Three Niger TV channels will broadcast the ongoing 24th African Cup of Nations (CAN) after they purchased rights from Benin's private channel LC2 International, authorised sources disclosed here. Full text...

  • Egypt triumph 2-1 over Zimbabwe in CAN 2004 match
    25 january 2004 18:07:00
    Sfax- Tunisia (PANA) -- Failure to build up on their 1-0 lead two minutes into the second half gave newcomers Zimbabwe a painful 2-1 loss to Egypt during the two sides' 2004 African Cup of Nations match played Sunday at Sfax, Tunisia. Full text...

  • Egypt, Zimbabwe settle for goal-less draw at halftime
    25 january 2004 17:01:00
    Sfax- Tunisia (PANA) -- Egypt and debutante Zimbabwe Sunday settled for a goal-less draw in their 2004 African Cup of Nations match being played at Sfax, Tunisia. Full text...

  • Rwandan still confident to qualify in Group A
    25 january 2004 15:50:00
    Sfax- Tunisia (PANA) -- Rwanda coach, Ratomir Djukovic has hailed the performance of his team in Saturday's opening game against host Tunisia in the 2004 African Nations Cup, saying the team could still qualify for the next round of the tournament. Full text...

  • Guinea pip RD Congo 2-1 in CAN 2004 match
    25 january 2004 15:32:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Two second half goals saw Guinea come from behind to overcome RD Congo 2-1 in a 2004 African Cup of Nations match played in virtually empty Rades Stadium, 12 km from Tunis, the Tunisian capital. Full text...

  • Results of return matches in Libya
    25 january 2004 14:57:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Some 17 goals were scored in the first round of the second leg of the Libyan football league played this weekend. Full text...

  • RD Congo lead Guinea 1-0 at halftime
    25 january 2004 14:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- RD Congo are leading Guinea 1-0 at halftime in their 2004 African Cup of Nations match being played in Tunisia Sunday before a virtually empty stadium. Full text...

  • Benin top star suspended for South Africa clash
    25 january 2004 14:20:00
    Sfax- Tunisia (PANA) -- Benin will miss the services of arguably its best player Oumar Tchomogo when it meets South Africa's "Bafana Bafana" in its maiden match of the African Nations Cup (CAN) finals to be staged Tuesday in Sfax, Tunisia. Full text...

  • Egyptian businessmen cash on Nations Cup finals
    25 january 2004 13:02:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egyptian businessmen are cashing on the 24th African Cup of Nations (CAN) like their colleagues in other countries with teams in the prestigious continental event, whose kicked-off in Tunisia Saturday. Full text...

  • South African CAN players offered $20,000 bonus each
    25 january 2004 12:31:00
    Sfax- Tunisia (PANA) -- Each member of the South African national football team (Bafana Bafana) will be paid 150,000 rand (about US$20,000) as participation fee in the 24th African Cup of Nations (CAN) finals which kicked-off Saturday in Tunisia, according to assistant team leader Mohammed Mubarak. Full text...

  • Rwanda commended despite loss to Tunisia in CAN opener
    25 january 2004 12:19:00
    Sfax- Tunisia (PANA) -- Rwanda has won praise from soccer fans despite losing 1-2 Saturday to hosts Tunisia in the opening match of the 2004 African Nations Cup at Rades stadium. Full text...

  • Tunisia beat Rwanda 2-1 in close contest
    24 january 2004 21:33:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Hosts Tunisia beat Rwanda 2-1 in the opening match of the 2004 African Cup of Nations played before 60,000 spectators Saturday in Rades, 12 km outside the country's capital of Tunis. Full text...

  • Another Mutola victory in Glasgow
    24 january 2004 20:17:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Top-ranked Maria Mutola of Mozambique posted an easy victory in the women's 800m in Saturday's Norwich Union International Meet at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Edinburg. Full text...

  • Mauritian footballer signs for Excelsior of Reunion
    24 january 2004 18:56:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian forward Christopher Perle, 28, has signed a one-year contract with Reunion's D1 club Excelsior, sporting sources said Saturday. Full text...

  • Ethiopian spearheads Africa's assault in Spain
    24 january 2004 16:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Reigning World Cross Country bronze medalist Gebre Gebremariam will head Africa's assault at Sunday's 49th Cross International de Lasarte men's event in San Sebastian, Spain. Full text...

  • Nigerian papers hype 2004 Nations Cup
    24 january 2004 15:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian newspapers Saturday played up the 24th African Nations Cup (CAN) finals, opening later in the day in Tunisia, with stories and colourful tournament-related pictures on their front pages. Full text...

  • Two Kenyan boxers qualify for Olympics
    24 january 2004 15:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan boxers David Munyasia and Ibrahim Bilali have now qualified for the Olympic Games slated for August in Athens, Greece. Full text...

  • Benin hit by injuries before CAN 2004 action
    24 january 2004 15:29:00
    Sfax- Tunisia (PANA) -- Debuting Benin could be without three key players for Tuesday's Group D clash against South Africa at the 24th African Nations Cup (CAN) tournament opening Saturday, team officials said Saturday. Full text...

  • Egypt dreams Nations Cup
    24 january 2004 13:33:00
    Sfax- Tunisia (PANA) -- Four-time winner of the African Nations Cup, Egypt, is confident of another successful outing at the championship beginning with its match Sunday against new comer Zimbabwe in the Tunisia town of Sfax. Full text...

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