Argentina in World Cup danger

Argentina in World Cup danger

Lionel Messi, having reversed his decision to quit international soccer with a view to playing at another World Cup, could miss out on Russia 2018 if Argentina continue their downward spiral.

Chinese dreams in tatters

Chinese dreams in tatters

China's lengthy exile from the top table of international soccer looks set to continue for at least another six years unless Gao Hongbo can deliver a major turnaround in fortunes after a miserable start to the final round of World Cup qualifying.

DR Congo desperate for World Cup return

DR Congo desperate for World Cup return

Only 12 African nations have taken part in the FIFA World Cup since its creation, among them is Congo DR, who appeared at Germany 1974 as Zaire, the name adopted by the country during Mobuto Sese Seko’s long period in power between 1971 and 1997.

Soudani aiming to slip out of shadows

Soudani aiming to slip out of shadows 

Algeria head coach Milovan Rajevac must be the envy of many of his peers. In stars like Islam Slimani, Riyad Mahrez, Sofiane Feghouli and Yacine Brahimi, he has a wealth of attacking weapons in Europe’s top leagues to choose from, each capable of carving open any defence unfortunate enough to stand in their way.

World Cup qualification would be solace for Guinea

World Cup qualification would be solace for Guinea 

The people of Guinea have endured tough times since the Ebola epidemic of March 2014 that led to several hundred deaths, a state of emergency being declared and the borders being closed. Football was also affected, with club and national team matches being moved to neighbouring countries like Morocco.

It's all about qualifying

It's all about qualifying

Although Ivory Coast have been regarded as one of the top teams in Africa since the 1960s and even won the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in 1992, they had to wait until 2006 to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, a feat they then repeated for South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014.

The twists and turns of the road to Russia

The twists and turns of the road to Russia

For the 20 remaining teams in the Caf qualifying campaign, the journey to the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia™ begins in earnest this week as they play their first games in the group stage.

Appiah assesses Ghana chances for 2018

Appiah assesses Ghana chances for 2018

Ghana are not nicknamed the 'Brazil of Africa' for nothing. Football lovers know all about the qualities of the Black Stars, who have been entertaining fans in all four corners of Africa with their easy-on-the-eye style of play since the 1970s.

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