Africa

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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The pair were sent home in disgrace for separate acts of indiscipline, but the Black Stars coach has left the door open for them to return to the national squad

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The Manchester United attacker rued his nation's lack of cutting edge and again cited the 4-0 defeat to Germany as crucial in their tournament exit

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The Ghana striker overtook Roger Milla by scoring his sixth World Cup goal against Portugal - but it was not enough to prevent the Black Stars' elimination from the tournament

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COMMENT: The Black Stars came close to reaching the round of 16 against Portugal but will have to wait four more years for another chance after a campaign ruined by cash disputes

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Cristiano Ronaldo's winner secured all three points for Paulo Bento's men but it wasn't enough to see them through as they failed to overcome the goal difference deficit

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Both sides have to win in Brasilia, and hope that USA and Germany do not draw, if they are to have any chance of progressing to the last 16

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With the 2014 World Cup™ in Brazil under way, Goal takes a look at the fan culture of the competing countries. Here we explore Ghana's Black Stars

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The Ivorian is at odds with the club after voicing displeasure over allegedly being denied time with his brother Ibrahim before his death and its failure to celebrate his birthday

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Needing a win in order to make it through to the last 16, Al Hain-Cole thinks a lack or creativity and carelessness in defence may see the Sbornaya slump to a 1-1 draw

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The North African side are on the verge of reaching the World Cup knockouts for the first time but their coach is wary of the strengths of Russia

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The ex-England boss insists his side should not be expected to perform miracles at the World Cup given their lengthy absence from the finals before this year

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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The African outfit threatened a strike on Tuesday, but have now made it clear they will take to the field irrespective of whether they are paid before the game

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The forward was delighted with his two goals in the defeat to Argentina but says they must be prepared for the fight in the knockout phase

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The Argentina captain scored twice in his side's 3-2 win over Nigeria in their final Group F clash in Porto Alegre on Wednesday to leave the Super Eagles boss in awe of his talent

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Stephen Keshi's men qualify for the second round after pushing their South American counterparts all the way, but a Lionel Messi double was ultimately decisive

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The attacker went level at the top of the Golden Boot standings, helping to prevent Ahmed Musa's doubles from gifting Stephen Keshi's men a point