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Trafficking of young African players still rampant

By Brian Homewood GENEVA (Reuters) - Hundreds of African teenagers are still being led abroad by false agents promising soccer riches only to be abandoned on the streets of European countries, according to a charity that is trying to deal with the problem. Jean-Claude Mbvoumin, a former Cameroon international who heads the Culture Foot Solidaire group (CFS), said it was estimated that up to 15,000 young African players were taken abroad every year under false pretences.

Football: Ahly in pole for final but wary of Pirates

Defending champions Al Ahly of Egypt go into the second-leg final of the CAF Champion's League on Sunday at home in Cairo with a slight edge, but South Africa's Orlando Pirates are vowing a fightback. Ahly scored a vital away goal in the first-leg final that ended 1-1 in Johannesburg a week ago -- to the huge disappointment of the South African champions who had hoped to keep a clean sheet at home. But Pirates have proved a force to reckon with away from home in this year's competition.

Chelsea enjoy new slice of luck at the old Shed End

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea took advantage of a goalkeeper's mistake for the third time in three successive matches at Stamford Bridge to score at the old Shed End on Wednesday. The goal came after 31 minutes of their Champions League Group E match against Schalke 04 of Germany, when Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand dawdled with a routine clearance.

Football: Toure back to his best at Man City

What a difference a week made for Yaya Toure. Despondent after Manchester City lost 2-1 to Premier League rivals Chelsea, The Ivory Coast midfielder had a field day in the 7-0 thumping of Norwich, scoring with a superb free-kick. There were goals in Germany for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Borussia Dortmund and Domi Kumbela, who hit the winner for Eintracht Braunschweig in a big upset over Bayer Leverkusen. In Russia, Seydou Doumbia with CSKA Moscow, Gerard Gohou with FC FC Krasnodar and Dame N'Doye with Lokomotiv Moscow all found the net ENGLAND

Football: More misery for Toure as City lose

A miserable week for reigning African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure was completed when Manchester City lost 2-1 at English Premier League title rivals Chelsea. The weekend loss at Stamford Bridge came four days after the star Ivory Coast midfielder said he had been racially abused during a Champions League game in Russia. Egyptian Ahmed Elmohamady of Hull and Algerian Adlene Guediora of Crystal Palace were other unhappy Premier League Africans, conceding penalties that were converted by Tottenham and Arsenal respectively. ENGLAND

Football: Cameroon star Eto'o catches 'keeper napping

Cameroon captain Samuel Eto'o created a controversial equaliser and scored his first goal for Chelsea in a 4-1 English Premier League rout of Cardiff at the weekend. The record four-time African Footballer of the Year illegally dispossessed goalkeeper David Marshall as he was bouncing the ball, and set up Eden Hazard to level. Eto'o, whose previous clubs include Barcelona and Inter Milan, put the London club ahead midway through the second half off a Hazard pass. ENGLAND SAMUEL ETO'O (Chelsea)

Football: Cech happy with controversial goal

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech claims referee Anthony Taylor was right not to rule out Eden Hazard's controversial equaliser in the London club's 4-1 win over Cardiff City. With the hosts trailing 1-0 in Saturday's Premier League game at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o stole possession from Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall as he bounced the ball, enabling Hazard to score. The laws of the game state that a goalkeeper is deemed to be in control of the ball when he bounces it, meaning that the goal should not have stood.

Football: Egypt unlikely to fire Bradley - reports

Egypt are unlikely to sack coach Bob Bradley despite a 6-1 World Cup thrashing in Ghana, Cairo media speculated Wednesday. Reports suggested the cash-strapped national football association cannot afford the $350,000 (260,000 euros) cost of breaking the contract of the American. However, security concerns may prevent Bradley, 55, taking charge of the return game against the 'Black Stars' on November 19 in Cairo, with assistant Diaa El Sayed a possible stand-in.

Football: Forget six-goal World Cup romp - Ghana coach

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah told his stars Wednesday to forget the 6-1 World Cup play-off thrashing they gave Egypt in Kumasi. Captain Asamoah Gyan scored twice, Majeed Waris, Sulley Muntari and Christian Atsu once and Egypt skipper Wael Gomaa put through his own net in a stunning outcome. The 'Black Stars' were favoured to win the first leg of a tie offering the overall winners a place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Football: World Cup Africa play-off result

World Cup Africa zone play-off first leg result Tuesday: At Kumasi Ghana 6 (Gyan 5, 53, Gomaa 22-og, Waris 44, Muntari 72-pen, Atsu 88) Egypt 1 (Abou Trika 41-pen) Sunday At Addis Ababa Ethiopia 1 (Assefa 56) Nigeria 2 (Emenike 67, 90-pen) At Rades Tunisia 0 Cameroon 0 Saturday At Ouagadougou Burkina Faso 3 (Pitroipa 45+2, D. Kone 65, Bance 86-pen) Algeria 2 (Feghouli 50, Medjani 69) At Abidjan Ivory Coast 3 (Drogba 5-pen, L. Sane 14-og, Kalou 50) Senegal 1 (Cisse 90+6)
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