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Football: Yaya Toure among nominees for African player of year

The African Football Confederation (CAF) on Friday unveiled a 25-man shortlist for the prize of African Footballer of the Year for 2013, with Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba the leading names. Manchester City midfielder Toure has won the award in each of the last two years and winning it for a third consecutive year would see him match the achievement of Samuel Eto'o, winner in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Eto'o, now of Chelsea, has won the award four times overall but is not nominated this time.

Football: Yaya Toure among nominees for African player of year

The African Football Confederation (CAF) on Friday unveiled a 25-man shortlist for the prize of African Footballer of the Year for 2013, with Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba the leading names. Manchester City midfielder Toure has won the award in each of the last two years and winning it for a third consecutive year would see him match the achievement of Samuel Eto'o, winner in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Eto'o, now of Chelsea, has won the award four times overall but is not nominated this time.

FIFA lifts suspension of Cameroon

FIFA on Monday lifted its suspension of Cameroon's football association, saying the organisation had addressed its concerns over government interference. In a statement, FIFA said that Cameroon's Fecafoot association had met "conditions previously set" after a normalisation committee began running the organisation Monday. Earlier this month, FIFA banned Cameroon from international competition due to state meddling in Fecafoot.

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Hayatou re-elected, Diakite back on CAF committee

(Recasts with election results) MARRAKECH, Morocco, March 10 (Reuters) - Previously banned FIFA executive member Amadou Diakite returned to football administration in a resounding poll triumph at Sunday's Confederation of African Football Congress less than three years after being found guilty of bribery.

Soccer-Hayatou re-elected as CAF president

March 10 (Reuters) - Cameroon's Issa Hayatou was re-elected unopposed as the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Sunday, extending his tenure in charge to almost three decades. Hayatou used his re-election at the organisation's congress in Marrakech in Morocco to take a swipe at rival Jacques Anouma, who was disqualified from the contest despite several attempts to get his name on the ballot.

Football: Final four-year term for CAF boss Hayatou

Cameroonian strongman Issa Hayatou will be re-elected unopposed in Morocco on Sunday for a final four-year term as Confederation of African Football (CAF) president. The 66-year-old, voted into power during the 1988 Cup of Nations in the north African kingdom, told reporters last month that this would be last period as boss of the 54-state organisation. His decision to carry on took some observers by surprise with World Soccer magazine reporting that he is suffering from kidney failure that requires dialysis every second day.

Soccer-Former World Cup boss Jordaan makes bid for CAF post

By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN, March 8 (Reuters) - South African administrator Danny Jordaan, the man in charge of the last World Cup, makes another bid this weekend for a major post in international soccer after being handed several embarrassing setbacks since 2010. Jordaan is a candidate for a place on the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) executive committee at the organisation's congress in Marrakech, Morocco on Sunday.

Football: CAS rejects Anouma's CAF appeal

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday rejected an appeal by Jacques Anouma against the African Football Confederation (CAF) over his bid to become CAF president. Anouma appealed after the CAF Executive Committee declared inadmissible his candidacy, proposed by the Ivorian Football Federation ahead of a March 10 election. CAS confirmed the CAF Executive Committee had jurisdiction to refuse Anouma's candidature under statutes adopted in September 2012 and that Anouma did not meet validity criteria having never been a member the CAF Executive Committee.

Soccer-Anouma loses appeal against bar from CAF presidency race

BERNE, March 5 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's Jacques Anouma has lost his appeal against a ruling which bars him from running for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) next weekend. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday that it had accepted a change made to the CAF statutes in September, under which only voting members of its executive committee could run for the presidency.

Football: Who said what at 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations ended Sunday with Nigeria taking the title and AFP reviews who said what during the three-week competition: You don't want to know what was going through my mind in the last few minutes -- Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi after a tense finish to a 1-0 final win over Burkina Faso You have to be big when you lose and small when you win -- Burkina Faso coach Paul Put reacting with dignity in defeat
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