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Cape Verde fairytale turns into World Cup nightmare

(Reuters) - Cape Verde's fairytale progress to the last round of African World Cup qualifiers turned into a nightmare on Thursday when FIFA found them guilty of fielding an ineligible player and turfed them out of the competition. Their place in the final round playoffs will be taken by Tunisia, who the Cape Verdians had sensationally eliminated at the weekend to win their group with a shock 2-0 win in Tunis. Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul quit in the wake of the embarrassing setback.

Football: World Cup Africa zone table

Updated World Cup Africa zone Group B table after Cape Verde Islands were awarded 3-0 home and away wins over Equatorial Guinea, who fielded an ineligible player (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Tunisia 5 3 2 0 10 6 11 C. Verde 5 3 0 2 9 4 9 S. Leone 5 1 2 2 7 8 5 E. Guinea 5 0 2 3 4 12 2 Fixtures Sept 6-10 Tunisia v Cape Verde, Sierra Leone v Equatorial Guinea Note: Group winners qualify for play-offs bc

Football: Cape Verde v Ghana teams

Teams for Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final between Cape Verde and Ghana at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Saturday: Cape Verde: Vozinha, Nivaldo, F. Varela, Nando (capt), Carlitos, Babanco, Soares, T. Varela, Heldon, Ryan Mendes, Julio Tavares Ghana: Dauda, Pantsil, Vorsah, Boye, Afful, Badu, Adomah, Mohammed, Asamoah, Atsu, Gyan (capt) Referee: Seechurn (MRI) afp

Soccer-African Nations Cup Group A qualification timeline

Jan 27 (Reuters) - Timeline of the fluctuating fortunes of the four teams chasing qualification from Group A at the African Nations Cup on Sunday as hosts South Africa and tiny Cape Verde Islands advanced to the quarter-finals. South Africa started the final set of group games in the lead with four points followed by Morocco and Cape Verde on two each, and Angola last with one point.

Soccer-Cape Verde revel in underdog role for Nations Cup opener

By Mark Gleeson JOHANNESBURG, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Debutants Cape Verde Islands are reveling in their role of underdogs at the African Nations Cup and the prospect of playing in Saturday's opening match, said captain Nando. "It's a thrill for our players to get a chance to play in such a big stadium and in front of so many people," the defender said before his side face hosts South Africa at Johannesburg's Soccer City in front of a sellout crowd of 87,000.
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