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Tokyo Sexwale to meet with South Africa federation over FIFA backing

Here are the five candidates who will stand for election to be president of FIFA, the election to be held February 26.
Jerome Champagne lays out his mission statement ahead of the FIFA presidential elections.
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FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale will meet with senior South African Football Association officials on Tuesday for an "update" amid reports that the millionaire businessman's home federation is frustrated over his lackluster campaign.

SAFA denied, however, that it will ask Sexwale to withdraw from the FIFA election at that meeting.

Tuesday's meeting with SAFA's emergency committee is "to ask the FIFA candidate to give us an update," SAFA spokesman Dominic Chimhavi told The Associated Press....

 By Mark Gleeson

Lionel Messi snub could be final straw for South Africa coach Mashaba

A revealing look at who voted for whom in this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or, which was won by Lionel Messi.

Ephraim Mashaba had been given a mandate to build a team for the future and theoretically still has time to do so in his job as coach of South Africa but a woeful start to the African Nations Cup qualifiers and series of recent foibles suggest his time is now running out.

Mashaba is a man with a penchant for swimming upstream -- dismissive of most of the mechanics of the modern game and seemingly revelling in an old school approach.

There is little appetite for convention but failure to vote for...

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Nigeria and Ghana advance to CAF group stage in World Cup qualifying

Ivory Coast players celebrate during their win against Liberia.

Nigeria advanced to the third round of African qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with a 2-0 win over Swaziland on Tuesday.

After a goalless first leg, the Super Eagles finally found a breakthrough in the 52nd minute when Moses Simon curled in a free kick.

Nigeria allowed the visitors few chances from that point and doubled their advantage with Fefe Ambrose's free kick in the 87th minute.

Phumlani Dlamini was sent off in stoppage time for Swaziland as Nigeria reached the group stage.

Ghana also moved...

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Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana all draw as Cape Verde fall in World Cup qualifying

African giants Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana were all held to draws away from home as their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaigns got off to shaky starts.

All of the African sides must get through a two-legged tie before reaching the group stage, and many of the major sides failed to gain an edge in their away legs on Friday.

Senegal needed to rally from a two-goal deficit to force a 2-2 draw at Madagascar, a nation 79 places below them in the FIFA rankings.

Faneva Andriatsima and Njiva Rakotoharimalala...

Tokyo Sexwale will run for FIFA presidency after gaining SAFA backing

FIFA presidential candidate David Nakhid says it's too early to claim support from specific federations, but hopes to have the upper hand in mandatory integrity checks when compared to recent FIFA presidential hopefuls.
Tokyo Sexwale will stand in February's FIFA presidential election.

Tokyo Sexwale, a South African businessman and former political prisoner who fought against apartheid, says he intends to be a candidate in the FIFA presidential election.

Sexwale, 62, announced his intention to run after the South African Football Association (SAFA) National Executive Committee unanimously endorsed his candidacy in a meeting on Saturday, two days ahead of the deadline for candidates to submit papers for the Feb. 26 emergency election to replace Sepp Blatter.

Four other men have...