Eloge Enza-Yamissa and Oupa Manyisa
will play Central African Republic
in the 2014 World Cup qualifier
at a neutral venue in the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé on June 9.
KickOff.com reported on April 2 that the west African country was favourite to host the qualifier
, and Safa have now announced that the match will be played at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium on Sunday.
The appeal to move the match came from Safa, who requested Fifa and CAF to move the return leg with CAR to a neutral venue following political unrest in that country.
Thirteen South African soldiers died in skirmishes with the rebels in the capital Bangui two months ago. The number of casualties rose to 14 after one of the wounded soldiers died late last month.
Arnold Origi and Obafemi Martins
Several of the favourites in Africa’s qualifiers for the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil
struggled on the third matchday of the group stage, now at the half-way point.
Morocco's loss in Tanzania was the biggest surprise, while 2012 African champions Zambia were held to a draw in Lesotho and Senegal and new African kings Nigeria were held at home. As only the ten group winners advance to the final round of qualifying, the dropped points will undoubtedly increase the pressure and the chances of a major shock moving forward.
The Super Eagles were expected to enjoy a bit of a walk in the park at home against their East African opponents, however, it turned out to be anything but as 20-year-old Kahata gave the visitors the lead when he scored direct from a free-kick.
Manasse Enza Yamissi
Central African Republic
have delayed their return from a World Cup qualifying
match in South Africa after rebel forces invaded their home country's capital, Bangui.
Rebel soldiers overthrew CAR President Francois Bozize on Sunday, taking over the palace and forcing him to flee.
The Europe-based players will fly to Paris on Monday, while domestic players head to Douala, Cameroon on Tuesday.
The team were beaten 2-0 by Bafana Bafana in Cape Town on Saturday.
Team manager William Kongo said players usually transferred through western neighbour Cameroon on their way home, but would stay over in Douala for longer than a couple of days to see if it was safe to go home.
Salif Keita and Bernard Parker
managed to grab three points in their World Cup qualifier
tagainst the Central African Republic
by beating them 2-0 at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.
A 33rd minute strike by Thabo Matlaba opened South Africa’s account, while a second half finish from Bernard Parker secure the win and their first ever win the Mother City.
Gordon Igesund’s Bafana Bafana team came into the game with one objective, to win.
Not only did they have the pride of the nation to restore in hope of improving their chances of booking at ticket to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but they also had to break their winless run at Cape Town Stadium.
African champions Nigeria can take complete command of Group F with a win at home to Kenya on Saturday in the second round
of qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup
The Super Eagles lead the way in their group on four points from two games and are 33 places higher than Kenya in the Confederation of African Football rankings.
Nigeria also have home advantage and there is a three-point gap between the teams.
The Super Eagles beat Namibia at home and held Malawi away last June, while the Harambee Stars secured only one after a home draw against Malawi and a loss in Namibia.
BYC II v Johansen
New Edubiase United made a tentative start in the 2013 CAF Confederation Cup
at the weekend as they set off on a mission to bring the trophy back to Ghana.
An Alhassan Nuhu goal on nine minutes earned the unfashionable club from southern town Bekwai a 1-0 first-leg victory over experienced African campaigners Diables Noirs of Congo Brazzaville.
Cash-strapped Edubiase needed assistance from the national football body to avoid becoming the second Ghanaian side in succession after Nania to withdraw from the second-tier CAF club competition.
United, who qualified by winning the national FA Cup, also had to switch the fixture to capital city Accra because their ground does not meet international standards.
Kano Pillars of Nigeria and Orlando Pirates of South Africa hit five and Primeiro Agosto of Angola and Tusker of Kenya four as the CAF Champions League
began this weekend with a goal glut.
Zimbabwean Takesure Chinyama bagged four as 1995 champions Pirates triumphed 5-0 in Soweto against the semi-professionals and students of Djabal from the Comoros Islands.
Pillars, semi-finalists four years ago, were almost as ruthless with a 5-1 whipping of Central African Republic visitors Olympique Real Bangui in Kano as Nafiu Ibrahim struck twice.
David Ochieng was another goal poacher to score twice in a preliminary round, first leg tie as Tusker came from behind on the Indian Ocean island nation of the Seychelles to win 4-1 against Saint Michel United.
Mouhamadou Habib Habibou
Leeds United have completed the loan signing of Mouhamadou Habib Habibou from Belgian side SV Zulte Waregem.
The departure of Luciano Becchio earlier in the day had left the Yorkshire club needing a striker, and Neil Warnock
has opted for the Central African Republic
He will move to Elland Road until the end of the season after impressing during a recent trial.
The 25-year-old has also been on trial at Queens Park Rangers,
but Leeds have stepped in after Harry Redknapp chose to sign Loic Remy.
Warnock told the club's official website: "He's a player we've had across for a few days and we liked what we saw.
2013 Africa Cup of Nations
hosts South Africa have moved up two places in the latest Fifa World Rankings released on Thursday, but remain the lowest ranked side in their Group A
Bafana had been in free-fall down the rankings before today’s list was released and can take some small comfort from their upward movement.
They are now at number 85 in the world and 22nd in Africa, well below SAFA’s stated ambition of a regular place in the world’s top 20 and Africa’s top 3.
But a successful Nations Cup campaign would certainly elevate them close to those levels and that is an additional carrot being dangled in front of coach Gordon Igesund and his team.
The Confederation of African Football has released the nominees for the rest of the categories for this year’s GLO-CAF Awards
scheduled for the 20th of December in Accra, Ghana.
A few days after announcing the five shortlisted nominees for the 2012 CAF Player of the Year and the three players vying for the 2012 CAF Player of the Year (Based in Africa), CAF brought out the remaining awards contenders.
In the National Team of the Year category, reigning African champions Zambia have been nominated along with the team Chipolopolo beat in 2012 AFCON
final, Ivory Coast. 2013 AFCON debutants Cape Verde are also in the running as is Central African Republic.