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Zambia/Nigeria: Super Eagles Qualify for 2018 World Cup

[Zambia Reports] Substitute Alexander Iwobi score a second half goal to book Nigeria a place at the Russia World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Zambia in Uyo. (AllAfrica)

South Africa/Burkina Faso: Bafana Bounce Back in Style to Thrash The Stallions

[SAFA] Bafana Bafana responded in gallant fashion to outclass Burkina Faso in this entertaining FIFA World Cup qualifier at FNB Stadium on drizzling Saturday afternoon. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria/Zambia: Super Eagles Coach Rohr Optimistic of Chipolopolo's Fall

[This Day] Not many Nigerian soccer fans would have wagered that Nigeria will qualify for the 2018 World Cup when it was pitched against Africa's football power house -Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia in a group tagged, 'Group of Death'. However, after four matches the Super Eagles top Group B with 10 points and lead closest rival with three points. A win against boastful Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, today will qualify Nigeria for its sixth mundial, writes Kunle Adewale (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Wizards Players Boycott Game

[Malawi News Agency] Mzuzu -Some players for Premier Bet Wizards Football Club are boycotting playing games following the failure by the club to honour the players' salaries and game allowances. (AllAfrica)

South Africa/Burkina Faso: Baxter Makes Eight Changes for Burkina Faso Qualifier

[SAFA] 7 October 2017 - Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has made eight changes to the team that lost 2-1 to Cape Verde in Durban last month. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Qualifiers So Far for 2018 World Cup

[Vanguard] Eleven nations have already booked their place for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with final qualifying matches still to be played: (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Ola Aina - Eye On Super Eagles Porous Left Back

[This Day] Super Eagles's weakest link is the left full back manned by Elderson Echiejile. However, Ola Aina, who recently switched allegiance to Nigeria after he had played for England at the age-grade level, may be the solution. Kunle Adewale writes (AllAfrica)

Nigeria/Zambia: The World Cup Beckons, Along With It the 'Patriots'

[This Day] In a few hours our dear country would almost certainly qualify for the 2018 World Cup after a showdown with Zambia in Uyo. The Super Eagles would secure the ticket to Russia, with a game to spare, if they manage a win over the plucky Chipolopolo who grabbed continental attention last month after a stunning double over star-studded Algeria. Despite the form of the Zambians however, many still expect the job done by the Super Eagles who themselves have had a near perfect campaign. Should we book our place at (AllAfrica)

Namibia: We'll Bring Our a-Game - Ketjijere

[Namibian] Namibia's senior national team captain Ronald Ketjijere says they will approach Saturday's friendly international football match against bogey team Botswana with a competitive mindset. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Guinness Bring Thierry Henry to Nigeria for Its Made of Black Campaign

[This is Africa] International football icon, Thierry Henry who played for English giants Arsenal will be coming to Nigeria to work with Guinness in Nigeria and across Africa to shine a light on those who demonstrate their Made of Black spirit. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Hunt for New Highlanders Coach Begins

[The Herald] The process of finding a replacement for outgoing Dutch coach Erol Akbay at Highlanders is already in motion and the new technical set-up will be in place before the 2018 preseason starts, the club has confirmed. The Dutchman revealed he won't be renewing his contract with the Bulawayo giants when it expires in December. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: APR Refute Claims of Hiring Masudi

[New Times] APR FC have denied reports that they have appointed Djuma Masudi as the new head coach to replace Jimmy Mulisa. (AllAfrica)

Gambia: Spain-Based Gambian Attacker Hoping for Scoring Run

[Foroyaa] Spain-based Gambian forward Nuha Marong is hoping for a continuation of a fine run that has seen him score thrice in seven starts. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: Soccer - 'Tired' Coleman Stars for Gintra

[Namibian] NAMIBIAN international Zenatha Coleman overcame jet-lag to earn Gintra-Universitetas a 1-1 draw when she scored against FC Zurich in a first-leg round of 32 Uefa Women's Champions League match on Wednesday. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Soccer - Kamuzu Barracks Title Defence Collapse

[Nyasa Times] Malawi's flasghip TNM Super League defending champions, Kamuzu Barracks have relinquished their hopes of defending the league following their poor performance. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Soccer - Bullets Still Confident Without Miracle - Malawi TNM Super League

[Nyasa Times] TNM Super League ttitle hopefuls Nyasa Big Bullets has expressed confidence that they will collect maximum points over Blantyre United on Saturday at Chilomoni Stadium despite the absence of their three key players who have travelled with Malawi to Tanzania where Flames is expected to face the Taifa Stars on the same date in an international friendly. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Ex-Division 1 Footballers Endorse Cummings

[Observer] Another group of former players of national football teams, Senior and Junior Lone Star, including 1st and 2nd division teams, have endorsed the presidential bid of Alexander B. Cummings. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: City Bank On Chibuku Super Cup Record

[The Herald] Harare City believe their fine record in the Chibuku Super Cup will spur them on as they go out in search of a repeat of the 2015 season when they won the tournament. The Sunshine Boys, who are one of the dominant teams in the tournament since its rebirth three years ago, are positive they will cause tremors again this year after scaling the first hurdle by eliminating giants Highlanders. (AllAfrica)

Gambia: Biri Given Rousing Applause By Sevilla Fans

[Foroyaa] Former Gambian footballer Biri Biri Njie was treated to heroic applauds recently by fans of Spanish top tier side Seville FC where he's a legend. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: CAHB League - APR Eye Quarter Final Finish

[New Times] APR handball club will be looking to at least reach the quarter-finals when they make their debut at the forthcoming CAHB Africa Champions League in Hammamet, Tunisia. (AllAfrica)

Kenya/Uganda: Equity Bank's Hawks Fly Over APR in Kampala Basketball

[Nation] Equity Bank women's basketball beat stubborn APR from Rwanda 61-51 to stay within touching distance of the Fiba Africa Zone Five Basketball Club Championships here. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Iraq Shoot Down Harambee Stars in Basra

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Despite an improved second half performance, national football team Harambee Stars went down 2-1 to hosts Iraq in an international friendly match played at the Basra Stadium on Thursday night. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Mhofu Survives and Lives to Fight Another Sunday

[The Herald] Sunday Chidzambwa will not be sacked by ZPC Kariba before the expiry of his contract, despite the controversy triggered by comments he made in an audio clip that was clandestinely recorded by a third party, with his employers even suggesting a possible extension of the gaffer's stay at the club. The country's most successful football coach was recorded, without his knowledge, questioning the professionalism of the leadership at ZPC Kariba, reserving the worst criticism for club chairman Tungamirai Mazarire (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Iraq Sink Kenya in Friendly

[Nation] Iraq edged out Kenya 2-1 in an international friendly match played at the Basra Stadium, Iraq on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Why We Lost to Nigeria Last Year - Zambian Coach

[Vanguard] Abuja -Ahead of the crucial Russia 2018 FIFA world cup qualifier between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Chipolopolo of Zambia, Wedson Nyirenda has again boasted that he is Nigeria for the maximum points at stake. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Kibera Black Stars Secure Sh3 Million Deal

[Nation] National Super League side Kibera Black Stars have receive a Sh3 million sponsorship boost from Brookside Dairy's Tuzo brand. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Matano Signals Radical Surgery Plans at AFC

[Capital FM] Nairobi -AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano has disclosed that the team is set to undergo a major facelift at the end of the season as he seeks to bolster the squad with quality players to ensure they don't struggle in 2018 as they have this season. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Kenya Withdraws From Under-17 World Cup Qualifiers

[Nation] Football Kenya Federation on Thursday withdrew the national Under-17 team from the Women's World Cup qualifiers. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria/Zambia: Super Eagles' Clash With Zambia Will Be Good to Behold - Coach Rohr

[Premium Times] Super Eagles' Chief Coach, Gernot Rohr, says his team's clash with the Chipolopolo of Zambia in Uyo on Saturday will be a good game to behold. (AllAfrica)

Zambia/Nigeria: Chipolopolo Final Squad Revealed

[Zambia Reports] Austria-based Patson Daka last night (Wednesday) joined camp in Abuja, Nigeria completing the number of players summoned by Wedson Nyirenda for Saturdays must win Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier. (AllAfrica)

Zambia/Nigeria: Chipolopolo Coach Names U-17 Star in Squad for Eagles Clash

[Zambia Reports] Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda has named 26 local players for the first phase of the preparation for October 7 Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup clash against Nigeria. (AllAfrica)