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Football: World Cup Africa play-off results

World Cup Africa zone play-off first leg result 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 v Senegal 1700GMT Sunday At Addis Ababa Ethiopia v Nigeria 1400 At Rades Tunisia v Cameroon 1700 Tuesday At Kumasi Ghana v Egypt 1600 Second leg: Nov 16, 17, 19 Note: winners qualify for 2014 World Cup in Brazil afp

Football: World Cup Africa zone results - 1st update

World Cup Africa zone qualifying results Sunday: Group E At Niamey Niger 0 Burkina Faso 1 (Pitroipa 81) Group G At Harare Zimbabwe 2 (Musona 21, Billiat 81) Egypt 4 (Abou Trika 5, Salah 41, 76, 83) Group H At Porto Novo Benin 1 (Gestede 31) Algeria 3 (Slimani 38, 42, Ghilas 78) afp

Football: Menez, Ibra power PSG past stumbling Rennes

A superb strike from Jeremy Menez and a late goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic guided Paris Saint-Germain to a 2-0 victory at Rennes on Saturday as the Ligue 1 leaders edged closer to their first title in 19 years. Menez shredded the home defence to break the deadlock on 56 minutes, while Ibrahimovic netted his league-best 26th goal of the campaign in second-half stoppage time as PSG restored their seven-point advantage at the top of the table after Marseille had trimmed the lead to four following Friday's 1-0 triumph over Bordeaux.

Football: African World Cup qualifying results - 3rd update

World Cup qualifying results in Africa on Saturday: Group E At Pointe Noire Congo Brazzaville 1 (Samba 67) Gabon 0 At Ouagadougou Burkina Faso 4 (Pitroipa 3, Bance 36, Kabore 78, Nakoulma 88) Niger 0 Group F At Calabar Nigeria 1 (Oduamadi 90+3) Kenya 1 (Kahata 36) At Windhoek Namibia 0 Malawi 1 (Mhango 70) Group I At Yaounde Cameroon 2 (Eto'o 42-pen, 82) Togo 1 (Wome 45+2) Group J At Conakry Senegal 1 (M. Sow 39) Angola 1 (Amaro 75)

Football: CAF hails S.Africa for Africa Cup hosting

The African football governing body Monday congratulated South Africa for hosting a "largely successful" Africa Cup of Nations with record ticket sales organised in just a few months. "We are tremendously happy with the outcome. We had certain expectations and the LOC (Local Organising Committee) exceeded those expectations," said Confederation of African Football (CAF) secretary general Hicham El Amrani. Nigeria beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final in Soweto's Soccer City on Sunday.

Football: CAF hails S.Africa for Africa Cup hosting

The African football governing body Monday congratulated South Africa for hosting a "largely successful" Africa Cup of Nations with record ticket sales organised in just a few months. "We are tremendously happy with the outcome. We had certain expectations and the LOC (Local Organising Committee) exceeded those expectations," said Confederation of African Football (CAF) secretary general Hicham El Amrani. Nigeria beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final in Soweto's Soccer City on Sunday.

Football: Africa Cup winners and losers

Runners-up Burkina Faso were among the success stories of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa while perennial title favourites Ivory Coast headed the list of losers after 'choking' yet again. WINNERS BURKINA FASO Qualifying for final defied logic considering 16 of the 23-man squad were at the 2012 tournament and made a timid first-round exit after three losses in a row. Take a bow, Belgian coach Paul Put, for an amazing transformation. CAF

Football: Put, Burkina leave S. Africa with heads held high

You have to be big when you lose and humble when you win -- so said coach Paul Put as Burkina Faso's incredible Africa Cup of Nations adventure finally came to a end. Sunday's gallant 1-0 loss in the final to Nigeria may not have delivered the title they had craved, but the Burkinabe left South Africa as major winners. And it was Put who masterminded the Stallions' transformation from no-hopers to beaten finalists.

Football: Pitroipa voted top Africa Cup player

Burkina Faso midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa was voted 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Man of the Tournament after his country lost the final 1-0 to Nigeria Sunday. Pitroipa from French club Rennes came close to missing the title decider with a red card wrongly awarded against him in the semi-final against Ghana rescinded only when the Tunisian referee admitted he erred. Tunisian Youssef Msakni took the Goal of the Tournament award for his late winner against Algeria, Nigerian Emmanuel Emenike won the Top Scorer prize and compatriot Victor Moses the Fair Play honour. cpb/dl/dj

Soccer-List of top scorers at African Nations Cup

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 10 (Reuters) - List of the leading goal scorers at the 2013 African Nations Cup in South Africa: 4-Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana), Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria) 3-Alain Traore (Burkina Faso) 2-Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso), Dieumerci Mbokani (DR Congo), Gervinho, Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast), Seydou Keita (Mali), Victor Moses, Sunday Mba (both Nigeria), Siyabonga Sangweni (South Africa) (Compiled by Mark Gleeson in Johannesburg; Editing by Tom Pilcher; mark.gleeson@thomsonreuters.com +27828257807 Messaging mark.gleeson.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)
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