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African Nations Cup

FIFA hands Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah 4-month ban

Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah has been banned for four months by FIFA.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah has been banned for four months by FIFA in a breach-of-contract case.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said its appeal panel upheld Mensah's suspension imposed by FIFA last July in a case dating to 2011. He is also liable for compensation to former club Udinese.

However, FIFA said Tuesday that Mensah -- who played at the past two World...

Stephen Keshi signs new contract as Nigeria coach

ABUJA, Nigeria -- Stephen Keshi signed a two-year contract to continue as coach of Nigeria on Tuesday, calling it "a new page" after a tumultuous story so far that has seen him guide the country to the African title, resign, return, get fired and then be reinstated.

Keshi and the Nigerian Football Federation agreed the new deal after lengthy negotiations, putting Keshi back in charge ahead of the start of 2017 African Cup qualifiers in June and 2018 World Cup qualifiers later in the year.

Ethiopia to terminate coach Mariano Barreto's contract

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- The Ethiopian Football Federation will terminate national team coach Mariano Barreto's contract at the end of the month.

The EFF said Barreto will leave by mutual agreement halfway through his two-year contract.

EFF spokesman Wondimkun Alayou said the Portuguese coach hasn't made enough progress with the team and "was not worth the amount of money that he is being paid."

He said Barreto is being paid $18,000 a month and will receive three months' salary as a severance payment.

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Gabon choice for African Nations' Cup reflective of West African strength

West Africa has been confirmed as the guardian of the continental game for at least the next eight years after Gabon were named as the country who will stage the 2017 African Nations' Cup (ANC). This year's competition was held in Equatorial Guinea and the tournaments from 2019 through 2023 are scheduled for Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Guinea, respectively, giving the region hegemony as hosts.

Already West Africa is considered the powerhouse of the African game, despite CAF's head off being stationed...

Gabon chosen as host of 2017 African Nations Cup

CAIRO -- Gabon will host the 2017 African Nations Cup in place of war-torn Libya.

Gabon, which co-hosted the tournament in 2012, was chosen on Wednesday in a vote by the Confederation of African Football's executive committee in Cairo.

Gabon was selected over rival bids from Algeria and Ghana.

Libya was initially scheduled to host the event in 2013, but swapped that tournament with South Africa to give it more time to be ready.

The North African nation conceded...