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  • GLO-CAF AWARDS: Aubameyang is African Player of the Year
    08 january 2016 00:20:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon has been named the CAF African Player of the Year for the first time, beating Ivorian Yaya Toure and Ghana's Andrew Ayew to the most coveted title. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali's coach picks 23 players for 2016 CHAN finals
    07 january 2016 17:24:49
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali's coach for the national junior football team on Thursday released a list of 23 players selected for the finals of the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) to be hosted by Rwanda from 16 January to 7 February. Full text...

  • 2016 CHAN: Rwanda coach releases list of players for 2016 CHAN
    07 january 2016 15:22:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwanda's national football team coach Johnny McKinstry released Thursday a list of 23 players for the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN), to be played from 16 January to 7 February 2016 in Rwanda. Full text...

  • 2016 CHAN: Cameroonian team arrives in Rwanda
    04 january 2016 15:45:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Cameroonian national football team arrived in Kigali on Sunday night, ahead of 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN), to be played from 16 January to 7 February 2016 in Rwanda, sports sources confirmed to PANA Monday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Tunisia: ES Sahel, CS Sfaxien, Esperance Tunis lead in Tunisian football league table
    04 january 2016 13:19:50
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Favourites Etoile du Sahel, CS Sfaxien and Esperance Tunisian are positioned one, two three in that order on the Tunisian football league as the battle for the top spot hots up after 14 weeks of action. Full text...

  • Mali: Coach names 30 players for CHAN 2016
    28 december 2015 14:53:25
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The new coach of the Malian local football team, Djibril Dramé, has released a list of 30 players called up ahead of the 4th edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN), to be hosted from 16 January to 7 February, 2016, by Rwanda, sources close to the Malian football federation (FEMAFOOT) told PANA here. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA Ethics Committee bans Blatter, Platini 8 years each
    21 december 2015 10:56:45
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - FIFA's adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee chaired by Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert on Monday banned Mr Joseph S. Blatter, President of FIFA, and Mr Michel Platini, Vice-President and member of the Executive Committee of FIFA and President of UEFA, for eight years each from all football-related activities. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Tanzanian football club Yanga suspends Rwandan striker after unauthorised absence
    17 december 2015 15:50:12
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Tanzanian football club of Yanga African has suspended its striker, Haruna Niyonzima, who also captains Rwanda's national team "Amavubi" (Wasps), indefinitely after he failed to travel to their Ligue 1 fixture earlier this month, Sports source confirmed Thursday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Victorious U-23 football team arrives
    14 december 2015 22:50:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's national Under-23 football team returned home on Monday after winning the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Senegal over the weekend. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya's Bandari to face DR Congo's Lupopo in CAF Confed Cup
    14 december 2015 17:47:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Bandari FC beat Nakumatt 4-2 in the GOtv Shield tournament final at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on Sunday to book their ticket to 2016 CAF Confederation Cup. Full text...

  • Kenya: Odinga hails African football stars Kanu, Drogba, Eto'o
    14 december 2015 17:31:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has praised African football superstars Samuel Eto'o, Nwankwo Kanu and Didier Drogba for investing in their respective countries and giving back to the community. Full text...

  • Glo CAF Awards: CAF releases contenders for football awards
    14 december 2015 17:02:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Africa's football governing body, Confederation of African Football (CAF), on Monday released the lists of top contenders for various categories of the sport. Full text...

  • 2015 AFCON U23: Nigeria beat Algeria 2-1 to win trophy; South Africa win final Rio spot
    13 december 2015 06:10:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Nigeria on Saturday beat Algeria 2-1 to win the 2015 AFCON U-23 tournament while South Africa picked the final 2016 Rio Olympic Games ticket after beating hosts Senegal 3-1 on penalties. Full text...

  • Switzerland: CAS confirms Platini sanction
    11 december 2015 12:44:58
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed the sanction passed by the FIFA Appeal Committee which saw Michel Platini provisionally banned for 90 days from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level. Full text...

  • African Under-23 Nations Cup: Algeria beats South Africa 2-0 to reach final
    09 december 2015 22:00:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Algeria on Wednesday defeated South Africa 2-0 to reach the final of the 2015 African Under-23 Nations Cup in Senegal. Full text...

  • African U-23 Nations Cup: Nigeria pips Senegal 1-0 to reach final, qualifies for Rio Games
    09 december 2015 18:37:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Nigeria on Wednesday reached the final of the 2015 Africa Under-23 Nations Cup after beating host Senegal 1-0 in their semi-final encounter at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor here. Full text...

  • 2015 AFCON U-23: Nigeria beat Senegal to reach final, Rio Olympics
    09 december 2015 17:32:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Nigeria on Wednesday beat Senegal 1-0 to reach the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations U-23 competition and secure their tickets for the 206 Rio Olympics. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Uganda wins CECAFA Cup
    06 december 2015 18:37:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Uganda has emerged the winner of the 2015 Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Cup, played in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by pipping Rwanda 1-0. Full text...

  • 2015 AFCON U-23: Algeria, Nigeria barren draw gives them semi-final berth
    05 december 2015 19:12:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Algeria and Nigeria drew 0-0 on Saturday to progress to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations U-23 tournament in Senegal after Mali scuttled the chances of Egypt advancing with a 1-0 win over the North African country. Full text...

  • 2015 AFCON U-23: Senegal, South Africa win to reach semi-finals
    04 december 2015 22:04:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal and South Africa have qualified for the semi-finals of the 2015 U-23 African Nations Cup in Senegal, thanks to 1-0 victories over Zambia and Tunisia respectively in their final Group A matches played on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya team manager, goalie trainer quit after 'Addis ordeal'
    04 december 2015 10:27:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The team manager of the Kenya senior national team, Harambee Stars, Willis Waliaula and goalkeeper trainer Mathew Ottamax, have resigned after an ordeal in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia which saw Waliaula detained in hotel for failing to settle bills. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA Executive Committee unanimously approves reform proposals
    03 december 2015 12:54:46
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - World football governing body, FIFA, says its Executive Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a set of proposals from the 2016 FIFA Reform Committee to pave the way for significant and much-needed changes to FIFA’s governance structure. Full text...

  • U-23 AFCON: Algeria beats Mali 2-0, Egypt holds Nigeria
    02 december 2015 23:50:51
    M'Bour, Senegal (PANA) - Egypt came from two goals down to hold Nigeria to a 2-2 draw in their Group B, Day two clash at the ongoing 2015 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday at the Caroline Faye Stadium, M’Bour, Senegal, while Algeria saw to the elimination of Mali after a 2-0 win. Full text...

  • 2015 U-23 AFCON: Senegal's 2-0 victory over Tunisia sees it through to semi
    01 december 2015 21:26:02
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Host Senegal reached the semi-finals of the 2015 AFCON U-23 competition on Tuesday when it beat Tunisia 2-0 in their second Group A match played in Dakar. Full text...

  • 2015 AFCON U-23: South Africa keep Rio Olympics hope alive with 3-2 win over Zambia
    01 december 2015 17:25:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - South Africa kept alive their hope of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games when they came from behind to beat Zambia 3-2 in their second Group A match played in Dakar on Tuesday while Zambia are effectively out of contention. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA announces nominees for 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or
    30 november 2015 19:51:34
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - World football governing body FIFA on Monday announced the nominees for the FIFA Ballon d’Or Award for the best player of 2015 and for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2015 Award. Full text...

  • 2015 AFCON U-23: Nigeria beat Mali 3-2
    30 november 2015 06:56:27
    Mbour, Senegal (PANA) - Nigeria on Sunday night beat Mali 3-2 in their Group B match of Africa Cup of Nations U-23 tournament in Senegal to move to the top of the group. Full text...

  • 2015 AFCON U-23: Egypt, Algeria draw 1-1
    29 november 2015 17:42:18
    Mbour, Senegal (PANA) - Egypt and Algeria drew 1-1 on Sunday in their Group B match of Africa Cup of Nations U-23 tournament in Senegal. Full text...

  • 2015 CAF Confederation Cup: Etoile du Sahel beat Orlando Priates to lift trophy
    29 november 2015 17:25:07
    Souse, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia giants Etoile Sportive du Sahel beat South Africa's Orlando Pirates 1-0 on Sunday in Souse to claim the 2015 Orange CAF Confederation Cup title. Full text...

  • 2015 AFCON U-23: Tunisia beat Zambia 2-1
    28 november 2015 20:05:26
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Tunisia on Saturday beat beat Zambia 2-1 in the second Group A match of Africa Cup of Nations U-23 tournament in Senegal. Full text...

  • 2015 AFCON U-23: Senegal beat South Africa 3-1 in opening match
    28 november 2015 17:52:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal on Saturday beat South Africa 3-1 in the opening match of the second Africa Cup of Nations U-23 tournament in Senegal. Full text...

  • 2015 CAF Confederation Cup: Visiting Etoile holds Orlando Pirates 1-1 in 1st-leg final
    21 november 2015 20:07:53
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Visiting Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia scored four minutes from the final whistle, through El Jemal, to hold hosts Orlando Pirates of South Africa to a 1-1 draw in the first-leg, final match of the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA investigatory chamber requests Blatter, Platini sanctions
    21 november 2015 13:29:37
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee of FIFA, football's governing body, has submitted its final reports containing requests for sanctions against FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter and FIFA vice president Michel Platini to the adjudicatory chamber chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert. Full text...

  • 2015 CAF Confederation Cup: Orlando Pirates host Etoile in 1st-leg final
    21 november 2015 10:41:08
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Orlando Pirates of South Africa chase a maiden CAF Confederation Cup when they host Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel Saturday in the finals of the 2015 event. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya face Uganda in Cecafa opening tie
    19 november 2015 14:52:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Defending champions, Kenya, open their Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) Senior Challenge Cup tournament on Sunday in Addis Ababa with a match against Uganda. Full text...

  • Switzerland: FIFA Appeal Committee dismisses Blatter, Platini appeals against bans
    18 november 2015 14:39:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The FIFA Appeal Committee on Wednesday rejected in full the appeals lodged by FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter and vice president and European football president Michel Platini against their 90-day bans. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC Qualifiers: Full list of 20 countries in the Africa group phase
    18 november 2015 07:32:23
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The following is the full list of 20 countries that have qualified for the Africa group phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after the second-leg second round matches ended on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC Qualifier: Ghana beats Comoros 2-0 to reach group phase
    17 november 2015 17:28:31
    Kumasi, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana on Tuesday qualified for the group phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with a 2-0 victory over Comoros in their second-leg second round match played at the Kumasi Sports Stadium. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC Qualifiers: Guinea advance to group phase after beating Namibia
    16 november 2015 06:56:44
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Guinea advanced to the group phase of the Africa qualifiers of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after beating Namibia 2-0 in Conakry in their second-led second round match on Sunday night. Full text...

  • 2016 CHAN: Host Rwanda in tough group
    16 november 2015 00:29:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The draw for the 2016 African Nations Championships (CHAN) was made in Kigali, capital of the tournament's host nation of Rwanda, Sunday, with the host drawn in Group A alongside Gabon, Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC Qualifiers: DR Congo, Morocco reach group phase
    15 november 2015 18:45:13
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA_ - DR Congo and Morocco have joined Uganda, Zambia and Gabon in the third and final phase of the African qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, PANA reported on Sunday.) Full text...

  • African qualifiers for 2018 WC: Uganda, Zambia reach group phase
    15 november 2015 17:00:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Uganda and Zambia have joined Gabon in the third and final phase of the African qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, PANA reported from here Sunday. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC Qualifier: Gabon reach group stage
    15 november 2015 05:17:43
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Gabon on Saturday became the first country to reach the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in Africa after defeating Mozambique 4-3 on penalties. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC Qualifiers: Results of Saturday's first-leg matches in Africa
    15 november 2015 05:15:00
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The following are the results of first-leg second round matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches played in Africa on Saturday. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC Qualifiers: Results of matches played on Friday
    14 november 2015 07:18:41
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The following are the results of first leg second round qualifying matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup played on Friday. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC Qualifier: Ghana Black Stars arrive in Comoros
    12 november 2015 13:20:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's senior national football team, the Black Stars, have arrived in Moroni, Comoros, ahead of their FIFA World Cup qualifying game on Friday, according to media reports in Accra. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC Qualifier: Zambia President Lungu salutes Chipolopolo triumph
    12 november 2015 12:11:10
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – President Edgar Lungu on Thursday congratulated the Zambia national football team for their 1-0 victory over Sudan in Wednesday’s first leg second round qualifying match for 2018 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Russia. Full text...

  • Senegal: FIFA clears 5 for presidential race; drops Bility, Platini
    12 november 2015 10:28:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - World football governing body, FIFA, announced on Thursday that its Ad-hoc Electoral Committee had admitted and declared five candidates eligible to stand for election to the office of FIFA President at its Extraordinary Congress in Zurich on 26 February 2016. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC qualifiers: Mozambique, Zambia post slim victories
    12 november 2015 06:26:48
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Mozambique on Wednesday beat Gabon 1-0 in Maputo in their first leg second round qualifying match for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Buhari hails victorious national U-17 team
    09 november 2015 18:09:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday hailed the country's national Under-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, for winning the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup after beating Mali 2-0 in the final on Sunday in Chile. Full text...

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