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Brazil vs South Africa to open men's Olympic soccer

Brazil vs South Africa to open men's Olympic soccer

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil will face South Africa in the opening men's Olympic soccer match, as the five-time World Cup champion tries for its first gold medal.

Brazil lost to Mexico in the Olympic final four years ago in London.

The match is set for Aug. 4 in Brasilia, a day before the Olympics officially open in Rio de Janeiro. Iraq & Denmark are moreover in Group A.

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Valcke downfall is new blow for Blatter

Valcke downfall is new blow for Blatter

Zurich (AFP) – FIFA's suspension of secretary general Jerome Valcke left world football reeling again from scandal on Friday & further weakened its president Sepp Blatter.

Valcke was put on indefinite leave on Thursday night over accusations that he agreed to let World Cup tickets be sold at a vastly inflated price.

The Frenchman strongly denied the allegations. But FIFA's chief of finance Markus Kattner took over "all duties" held by Valcke in the day-to-day running of football's governing body, FIFA said.

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South Africa boxer dies after being knocked out in R1

South Africa boxer dies after being knocked out in R1

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A South African boxer has died after being knocked out in the first round of a bout.

The sports ministry said on Wednesday that Mzwanele Kompolo died in the hospital in the town of Frere in the Eastern Cape province.

Kompolo, who the ministry described as an ''up & coming'' fighter, lost by TKO in the first round against Siphenathi Qampi.

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South Africa boxer dies after being knocked out in R1

South Africa boxer dies after being knocked out in R1

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A South African boxer has died after being knocked out in the first round of a bout.

The sports ministry said on Wednesday that Mzwanele Kompolo died in the hospital in the town of Frere in the Eastern Cape province.

Kompolo, who the ministry described as an ''up & coming'' fighter, lost by TKO in the first round against Siphenathi Qampi.

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CAF Cup qualifiers still have much to play for

CAF Cup qualifiers still have much to play for

Johannesburg (AFP) – Title-holders Al-Ahly, Zamalek, Orlando Pirates & Etoile Sahel have reached the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals, yet there is still a lot at stake in the final group games this weekend.

Arch Egyptian rivals Ahly & Zamalek go into matchday 6 as the mini-league leaders with Etoile of Tunisia & Pirates of South Africa in very close proximity.

Finishing the group stage on top of the table gives a club a theoretically easier semi-final because they play the runners-up in the other section.

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CAF Cup qualifiers still have much to play for

CAF Cup qualifiers still have much to play for

Johannesburg (AFP) – Title-holders Al-Ahly, Zamalek, Orlando Pirates & Etoile Sahel have reached the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals, yet there is still a lot at stake in the final group games this weekend.

Arch Egyptian rivals Ahly & Zamalek go into matchday 6 as the mini-league leaders with Etoile of Tunisia & Pirates of South Africa in very close proximity.

Finishing the group stage on top of the table gives a club a theoretically easier semi-final because they play the runners-up in the other section.

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Media slam 'embarrassing' South Africa

Media slam 'embarrassing' South Africa

Johannesburg (AFP) – A large Sunday Times headline in capital letters, EMBARRASSING, summed up the mood of South Africans after a shock Africa Cup of Nations defeat in Mauritania this weekend.

Declared by Bafana Bafana (The Boys) coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba as a "must win" 2017 qualifier, it ended in a humiliating 3-1 defeat against rivals 42 places lower in the world rankings.

Losing left 1996 African champions South Africa bottom of Group M with one point after an almost equally dismal showing in Durban last June when held 0-0 by lowly ranked Gambia.

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Ghana, Senegal win but South Africa suffer shock

Ghana, Senegal win yet South Africa suffer shock

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Ghana & Senegal secured away wins in the African Nations Cup qualifiers on Saturday yet it proved an embarrassing day for the continent’s other footballing heavyweights with Nigeria drawing & South Africa & Tunisia beaten.

There was an historic first-ever victory for South Sudan, who beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0 at home after failing to win in their first 11 internationals since becoming the world game's newest nation four years ago.

A late free kick from Mubarak Wakaso handed Ghana a 1-0 win over Rwanda in Kigali & a second successive win in the preliminaries for the 2017 finals in Gabon.

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South Africa crash, Ghana win, Nigeria draw

South Africa crash, Ghana win, Nigeria draw

Johannesburg (AFP) – Mauritania shocked South Africa 3-1, Ghana edged Rwanda 1-0 & Nigeria were held 0-0 by Tanzania Saturday in Africa Cup of Nations matchday 2 qualifiers.

A blunder by goalkeeper & captain Itumeleng Khune after five minutes cost South Africa a goal in Nouakchott & set the home team on the road to their greatest Cup of Nations triumph.

Khune allowed a long-range Ali Abeid free-kick to slip from his grasp into the net & Bafana Bafana (The Boys) had debutant Siyabonga Zulu red-carded after half-time for a last-defender foul.

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Soccer-Ghana, Senegal win but South Africa suffer shock

Soccer-Ghana, Senegal win yet South Africa suffer shock

CAPE TOWN, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Ghana & Senegal secured away wins in the African Nations Cup qualifiers on Saturday yet it proved an embarrassing day for the continent's other footballing heavyweights with Nigeria drawing & South Africa & Tunisia beaten.

There was an historic first-ever victory for South Sudan, who beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0 at home after failing to win in their first 11 internationals since becoming the world game's newest nation four years ago.

A late free kick from Mubarak Wakaso handed Ghana a 1-0 win over Rwanda in Kigali & a second successive win in the preliminaries for the 2017 finals in Gabon.

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