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Football: Nigeria, Ghana face tough World Cup path

Nigeria insist they have drawn a fair first round group for the World Cup, but Ghana admitted they face a battle against Germany, Portugal and United States. The Ivory Coast enjoyed better luck in Friday's draw with Africa's other flag bearers, Algeria and Cameroon, the dark horses in their respective groups. African champions Nigeria have said they are hopeful of reaching the knockout stage in Brazil after they were drawn against Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran.

Football: Spain face Dutch in 2010 repeat as England draw Italy

Reigning champions Spain will begin their defence of the World Cup with a rematch of the 2010 final against the Netherlands, while England were paired with Italy in Friday's draw. Spain, who won their first title in South Africa four years ago, start their Group B campaign against the three-time runners-up on June 13 in Salvador. They will also meet Chile, who they beat in the group stage in 2010, in Rio and Australia in Curitiba.

(Sports) Myanmar SEA Games provides stage for player transfer

(Sports) Myanmar SEA Games provides stage for player transfer YANGON, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar Southeast Asia Games will provide chance for players transfer as it lifts the curtain for the athletes of the region in various sports to shine. The "Three Plus One" agreement made by ASEAN football associations urged regional football clubs to look for Southeast Asian footballers to hire for their new football season.

Myanmar SEA Games stages market for player transfers

YANGON, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar Southeast Asia Games staged market for athletes transfer as it pulls its curtain for the athletes of the region in various sports to shine. The "Three Plus One" agreement made by ASEAN football associations urged regional football clubs to look for Southeast Asian footballers to hire for their new football season. Every football club in the football leagues of the region is allowed to hire up to three foreign players from all over the globe plus one foreign player from the Southeast Asia region.

Football: African champions upbeat for World Cup draw

Nigeria may have flopped at their last two World Cups but expectations are high of a better showing in Brazil next year, irrespective of the first-round group they are drawn in on Friday. The Super Eagles have not won a World Cup finals match since a 1-0 win over Bulgaria at the 1998 World Cup in France. But defender Efe Ambrose said they should not dread clashing with any team in the first round in Brazil. Instead other sides should a meeting with the African champions.

Football: Nigeria to decide domestic league start

Nigerian football chiefs are to meet this week to thrash out a new date for the delayed start of the new domestic league, after a previous proposal was scrapped. The 2013-14 campaign had been due to kick off this month but was postponed due to a row between club managers and the League Management Company (LMC) over the running of the competition. The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) hosts its annual general meeting in the southeastern city of Warri on Thursday, with approval of a new start date top of the agenda.

Football: Lille, Monaco keep pace with leaders PSG

Lille and Monaco kept pace with leaders Paris Saint-Germain, both winning 1-0 in Sunday's Ligue 1 action in France. Pape N'Diaye Souare scored six minutes from time to keep Lille second in the table four points behind PSG with a win over 10-man Toulouse. Champions PSG had won 3-0 at Reims on Saturday. In Sunday's late kick-off, substitute Mounir Obbadi's 70-minute strike kept Claudio Ranieri's Monaco in the chase as they came away with all three points from fellow newly-promoted side Nantes.

Football: Lille keep pace with leaders PSG

Pape N'Diaye Souare scored six minutes from time to keep Lille hanging onto Paris Saint-Germain's coat-tails with a 1-0 win over 10-man Toulouse on Sunday. Lille trail the Ligue 1 leaders by four points following the champions' 3-0 win at Reims on Saturday. The victory puts the pressure on Monaco, who travel to fellow newly-promoted side Nantes later on Sunday, as they now linger eight points off the pace.

Football: Coach of Nigerian champions quits, claims forced out

Mohammed Babaganaru announced his resignation as coach of Nigerian champions Kano Pillars on Friday, claiming that he was forced out, despite steering the club to back-to-back league titles. "I have resigned as coach of Kano Pillars and have tendered my resignation letter to the general manager of the club today," said Babaganaru, who guided Pillars to retain their league championship in October.

Football: Nigeria's Obinna ruled out of Italy friendly

Victor Obinna, whose second goal sealed Nigeria's weekend win against Ethiopia and sent the Super Eagles to the World Cup finals, will miss Monday's friendly with Italy because of injury, officials said. The ex-Inter Milan forward came on as a late substitute to score a superb free-kick in the 83rd minute to secure a 2-0 win and 4-1 victory on aggregate on Saturday but later suffered a thigh strain.
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