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Football: Renard set for 2015 Nations Cup hosts Morocco - agent

Sochaux manager Herve Renard, who guided outsiders Zambia to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations title, is set to be named as the next manager of 2015 Nations Cup hosts Morocco, his agent told AFP on Thursday. "Herve Renard is Morocco's priority," Youssef Haijoub said. "He should be be chosen as manager as soon as the new president of the Moroccan Football Federation has been appointed," he added. Sole candidate Faouzi Elkejaa is due to be elected as Moroccan football chief at the end of March, with Renard's contract "signed in April", Haijoub added.

Football: Renard set for 2015 Nations Cup hosts Morocco - agent

Sochaux manager Herve Renard, who guided outsiders Zambia to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations title, is set to be named as the next manager of 2015 Nations Cup hosts Morocco, his agent told AFP on Thursday. "Herve Renard is Morocco's priority," Youssef Haijoub said. "He should be be chosen as manager as soon as the new president of the Moroccan Football Federation has been appointed," he added. Sole candidate Faouzi Elkejaa is due to be elected as Moroccan football chief at the end of March, with Renard's contract "signed in April", Haijoub added.

Football: Libyan stars fight for CAF Cup survival

Al-Ahly Tripoli must fight for CAF Confederation Cup survival this weekend just two weeks after their stars helped Libya win the African Nations Championship (CHAN). Goalkeeper Mohamed Abdaula, defender Ali Salama and midfielder Mohamed Elgadi were among five Ahly footballers who started in the Cape Town final victory over Ghana. The trio were included in the CHAN team of the tournament and returned home to a heroes' welcome in a country unsettled by post-revolution instability.

Football: Libya drop in rankings despite CHAN success

Libya dropped one place on the FIFA African football rankings Thursday despite winning the African Nations Championship (CHAN) last month. The tournament, hosted by South Africa and restricted to home-based players, offered ranking points for the first time. Placed 13 going into the three-week championship, the 'Mediterranean Knights' slipped one place after edging Ghana in a final settled by a penalty shootout. Libya took a strange route to success with five consecutive draws after defeating Ethiopia 2-0 in their opening group game.

Football: Swazi Swallows on verge of shock CAF triumph

Swaziland club Mbabane Swallows are on the verge of creating a major CAF Champions League upset this weekend by eliminating Zambian outfit Nkana. Goals from Zimbabwean Kudzanayi Matanda and Felix Badenhorst gave the unfancied 'Birds' a 2-0 cushion after the first leg of a preliminary tie. And Zambia-born Swallows coach Christopher Tembo says they will "definitely not" allow 1990 runners-up Nkana back into contention.

Football: Swazi Swallows soar to shock CAF triumph

Swaziland club Mbabane Swallows shocked Zambian visitors Nkana 2-0 at the weekend when the qualifying rounds of the 2014 CAF Champions League kicked off. Kudzanayi Matanda and Felix Badenhorst scored within five minutes during the second half in the first leg of a preliminary round clash. Both goals at the national stadium near Mbabane followed defensive blunders with Billy Mwanza to blame for the opening goal and Christopher Munthali for the second.

Football: Top clubs headline CAF Champions League qualifying

Several of Africa's top clubs, from five-time winners Zamalek of Egypt and Nigeria's Enyimba to Asante Kotoko of Ghana, begin their quest for glory in the continent's premier club competition this weekend. Zamalek face AS Douanes of Niger, Enyimba welcome Togolese champions Ange de Notse and Kotoko play Liberia's Barrack Young Controllers in first-leg preliminary round matches of the CAF Champions League. Defending champions Al Ahly of Egypt have been given a bye to the first round proper.

Football: Top clubs headline CAF Champions League qualifying

Several of Africa's top clubs, from five-time winners Zamalek of Egypt and Nigeria's Enyimba to Asante Kotoko of Ghana, begin their quest for glory in the continent's premier club competition this weekend. Zamalek face AS Douanes of Niger, Enyimba welcome Togolese champions Ange de Notse and Kotoko play Liberia's Barrack Young Controllers in first-leg preliminary round matches of the CAF Champions League. Defending champions Al Ahly of Egypt have been given a bye to the first round proper.

Football: SuperSport Utd gun for glory in CAF Confed Cup

South Africa's SuperSport United will have another shot at international glory this weekend when they begin their campaign in the continent's second-tier cup competition. They host Gaborone United of Botswana in the preliminary round, first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup. The Pretoria club is participating in the competition for the second straight season. Last time round, they were knocked out in the second round by Egypt's ENPPI.

Football: Parker gives Chiefs ninth win in a row

Bernard Parker scored his ninth goal of the season as Kaizer Chiefs edged SuperSport United 1-0 Wednesday for a ninth consecutive South African Premiership triumph. Victory at Peter Mokaba Stadium in the northern city of Polokwane lifted defending champions Chiefs to 39 points from 17 matches -- 11 above nearest rivals Mamelodi Sundowns. Midfielder Parker scored the winner against fourth-place SuperSport after 16 minutes with an angled free-kick from just outside the area.
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