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October 9, 2017 7:25 AM Neymar among first nominees named for 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist

Neymar has been confirmed among the names on the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d'Or but Cristiano Ronaldo will be the favourite to retain the crown. Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar was one of the first five names that award organisers France Football revealed from the shortlist, along with Real Madrid duo Luka Modric and Marcelo 94

October 8, 2017 11:48 PM Egypt's 27-Year Wait To Qualify For FIFA World Cup Ends Thanks To Mohamed Salah

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah converted a stoppage-time penalty to give Egypt a dramatic 2-1 win over Congo Brazzaville on Sunday and a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Salah put Egypt ahead during the second half in Alexandria only for Arnold Bouka Moutou to equalise two minutes from the end of regular time. Victory gave Egypt an uncatchable 70

October 8, 2017 4:30 PM Who can qualify in South America?

The final matchday of the South American qualifying competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ takes place on Tuesday. We take to you through all the qualification permutations, with six teams fighting it out for the three remaining direct tickets to next year’s world finals and the play-off place. Uruguay are assured the play-off place at worst 73

October 8, 2017 2:30 PM Ghana appeals to FIFA for Uganda rematch

Ghana have filed a protest with FIFA after their goalless draw with Uganda saw them crash out of the race to qualify for next year's World Cup finals. The Black Stars -- third in Group E going into the match in Kampala -- needed a win to keep their hopes alive of making the finals in Russia. But they had a stoppage time goal disallowed just before the final 103

October 8, 2017 11:37 AM Gyan leading Ghana crusade for replay of World Cup qualifier

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is apparently spearheading the fight for justice after South African referee Daniel Bennett denied the Black Stars a match winner against Uganda in 2018 World Cup qualifying on Saturday. The Kayserispor forward sat out the away clash due to injury, but was left incensed after Raphael Dwamena's injury-time goal from a rebound 81

October 7, 2017 8:55 PM Nigeria become first African country to qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup finals

Nigeria have become the first African side to book their place at 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia after a 1-0 win over Zambia in Uyo earned them an unassailable lead at the head of Group B. Alex Iwobi repeated his feat of being the thorn in the Zambians' side, once again finding himself on the scoresheet against the Chipolopolo. Having scored in the first 76

October 7, 2017 5:24 PM Ghana Out Of Russia 2018

The Black Stars of Ghana are out of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Russia 2018 World Cup, after they were held to a goalless draw game by the Cranes of Uganda at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, Kampala on Saturday in the World Cup Qualifiers. The Stars were counting on a positive result by picking the three maximum 91

October 7, 2017 6:08 AM Christian Atsu pulled out of Ghana's World Cup qualifier against Uganda on Newcastle advice

Christian Atsu pulled out of Ghana's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Uganda at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala this Saturday, following advice from his club team. The 25-year-old has - according to The Chronicle Live - been playing through the pain barrier over the past couple of weeks, and in an attempt to recapture his best form, the Magpies 87

October 7, 2017 6:02 AM Matos sees silver lining for India despite FIFA U-17 World Cup defeat

New Delhi: The result wasn't what he had hoped for but India U-17 coach Luis Norton de Matos believes the experience of playing in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India will help his players develop. The hosts were beaten 3-0 by USA in their Group A opener in New Delhi on Friday but Matos could not fault his team's performance. “I am satisfied with the collective 60

October 7, 2017 5:53 AM Small margins on an intriguing opening day

THE DAY REPLAYED - Aside from a handsome win for USA over the tournament hosts in New Delhi, the opening day of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 was one of fine margins. In the other match in Group A, Ghana saw off Colombia by a solitary goal, with both sides enjoying several clear-cut chances in what was an entertaining encounter. Paraguay lead the way in Group 84