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CAPE TOWN---South African players
stripped off their team jerseys yesterday
to show white t-shirts with messages ded-
icated to slain captain Senzo Meyiwa as
they qualified for the African Cup of
Nations in their first game since his killing.
Bafana Bafana beat Sudan 2-1 in a game
played in goalkeeper Meyiwa s hometown
of Durban as a tribute, and then displayed
the t-shirts as they celebrated qualification
"Well, I just wish he was here with us,"
new South Africa goalkeeper Darren Keet,
who replaced Meyiwa in the lineup, said.
"That s what makes it the most emotional.
He s not here with us and everything is
South Africa s players also wore black
armbands and there was a moment s silence
before the game for Meyiwa, who was fatally
shot in an apparent house robbery in a
township near Johannesburg last month.
The Sudanese team even held up a picture
of the popular player before kickoff at Moses
Mabhida Stadium in its own tribute.
South Africa then sealed its place in Equa-
torial Guinea early next year with goals by
Thulani Serero and Tokelo Rantie either side
of halftime. Salah Ibrahim pulled a late goal
back for Sudan in front of just over 30,000
fans, some of whom waved posters of Meyi-
wa s image during the game.
Meyiwa had led South Africa through
four games unbeaten in African Cup qual-
ifying and hadn t conceded a goal in the
competition to put his country on the brink
of the continental championship before his
shooting death on October 26.
"His memory will stay with us," goal-
keeper Keet said as South African players
hugged and went on a lap of honour.
Cameroon, Zambia, Senegal, Burkina Faso
and Gabon also secured their places at the
Cup of Nations yesterday alongside new
tournament host Equatorial Guinea. Ghana
lost 1-0 in Uganda and Mali fell 2-0 in
Malawi to keep them waiting until the final
round of qualifying games next week fol-
lowing those surprise away defeats.
Four-time champion Cameroon made
sure of a place at the 2015 African Cup finals
with a 1-0 win over Congo after Vincent
Aboubakar s 71st-minute winner. That
ensured the Cameroonians will finish top
of Group D, with Ivory Coast and Congo
left to battle it out for the second automatic
spot from the group.
Zambia, the 2012 African Cup winner,
qualified alongside Cape Verde from Group
F after a 1-0 win in Mozambique. Senegal
won 1-0 in Egypt through Mame Diouf s
early goal to make certain of its progress
and leave the record seven-time champion
Egyptians hoping to qualify as the one best
Defending champion Nigeria revived its
chances under coach Stephen Keshi, who
has been re-appointed after being fired last
month. Nigeria won 2-0 in Republic of
Congo to move second in Group A behind
South Africa. Spain-based striker Ikechukwu
Uche repaid Keshi for his first call-up in
nearly two years with the opener from the
penalty spot in the 59th minute, and Aaron
Olanare swept in the second in the 90th.
Ghana was upset in Uganda and Mali
suffered a bigger shock when it lost in
A rebound looped into the corner of Mali s
net for the opening goal in the 65th for
Malawi s Robert Ng ambi. Essau Kanyenda
then powered a header home with four min-
utes to go to give the Malawians a chance of
qualifying with one of their most memorable
recent victories, sending thousands of red-
shirted fans jumping up and down as one in
the concrete stands at Kamuzu Stadium.
Algeria, Cape Verde and Tunisia had
already qualified before yesterday s games,
while Equatorial Guinea was named the
new tournament host on Friday in place of
Morocco, which was dumped for requesting
a delay over Ebola fears. Fifteen teams will
ultimately qualify for the Cup of Nations
finals alongside the new host. (AP)
BERLIN---Uefa would have to consider leaving
Fifa if world football s governing body does
not publish in full American attorney Michael
Garcia s report into bidding for the 2018 and
2022 World Cups, says German Football
League president Reinhard Rauball.
Rauball said he also wants Fifa to divulge
what wasn t evaluated in Garcia s report, and
"whether it was justified to leave these things
out. That has to be made public. It s the only
way Fifa can restore some of its lost credibil-
Rauball was responding to German judge
Joachim Eckert s ruling that exonerated Russia
and Qatar of any corruption in their winning
bids to host the World Cup in 2018 and 2022,
respectively---a ruling that was harshly contested
Garcia indicated he will appeal Eckert s deci-
sion to close the case, saying it was based on
"materially incomplete and erroneous" inter-
pretation of his own findings---430 pages of
investigative work sealed by Fifa from public
Rauball warned if Garcia s findings are not
published "and this crisis is not resolved in a
credible manner, you have to maybe also talk
about the question of whether you are actually
still well-served by Fifa."
Asked about possible consequences, Rauball
replied, "One option, which would have to be
seriously considered, is certainly whether UEFA
should leave Fifa."
He described Eckert s ruling as a "commu-
nicative meltdown," and said it "shakes the
foundations of Fifa in a way I never experienced
SAO PAULO---A Brazilian hospital says Pele
has been discharged after undergoing surgery
to remove kidney stones.
A statement from the Albert Einstein hospital
said that the retired football player left yesterday.
It offered no other information.
The 74-year-old Pele was hospitalised on
Wednesday evening after cancelling his appear-
ance at an event at the Pele Museum in the
coastal city of Santos because of stomach pain.
He is widely regarded to be among the greatest
football players of all time. (AP)
MILAN---Roberto Mancini never thought
he would return to Inter Milan and vowed
yesterday to work hard to recreate the
glory days of his first spell in charge.
Inter reappointed Mancini on Friday, hours
after firing Walter Mazzarri following a poor
run of results.
"I am very happy," Mancini said at his
"I never thought I would return to Inter
but they called me, we met, they explained
the project to me and I think it can be anoth-
er nice story. I believe in this project, oth-
erwise I wouldn t have accepted the job.
"But I do not have a magic wand, we
have to get back to winning via hard work.
Inter is a great club and I am very happy
to have accepted even if when you return
to a place where you ve done good work
then there s everything to lose."
Before the press conference Mancini held
up an Inter shirt bearing his name and 226---
the number of matches he was in charge
of Milan between 2004-2008.
Mancini spent four years at the San Siro,
winning two Italian Cups and three straight
league titles---although one was awarded
after being stripped from Juventus for
There had been reports of Mancini s
imminent return for several months but
the 49-year-old Italian insisted his first
contact with the club was a phone call on
Thursday night and that "it all happened
Inter has won only two of its past seven
league matches and fallen to ninth place in
"I know that we need to get back to winning
quickly and I need to work immediately, right
from the first training session," Mancini said.
"I need to get to know the squad first
before seeing what we need. It s not so easy
to sign players in January, as he either has
to be a world class star or you risk signing
someone who struggles to adapt quickly."
There have been suggestions Mancini is
considering signing Liverpool forward Mario
Balotelli, who was at the club during Manci-
ni s first spell at Inter and at Manchester
Balotelli has scored only two goals in 14
appearances for Liverpool---and none in the
Premier League---since transferring from
AC Milan in August.
"Mario is happy at Liverpool, he has a
great chance and was fortunate enough to
go back to one of England s biggest clubs,"
Mancini said. "He has to make the most of
this opportunity." (AP)
FLORENCE---Mario Balotelli and Angelo
Ogbonna have withdrawn from the Italian
squad ahead of games against Croatia and
Balotelli had been called up for the first time
under Antonio Conte, despite his poor form,
but the Liverpool striker strained his lower back
and adductor muscles.
Ogbonna has a left hamstring injury and
medical staff decided not to risk the Juventus
It is a blow for Conte, with fellow defender
Leonardo Bonucci suspended against Croatia.
Italy plays Croatia in a key European Cham-
pionship qualifier today at San Siro---where
Balotelli formerly played for both Inter and AC
Italy and Croatia both top the group with
The Azzurri then travel to Genoa for a friendly
match against Albania on Tuesday. (AP)
could leave Fifa
out Italy camp
Pele leaves hospital
Mancini: I never thought I'd return to Inter Milan
South Africa, Cameroon
qualify for African Cup
Arafat, left, and
Faty compete for
the ball during
their African Cup
of Nations group G
match at Cairo
Stadium in Cairo,
Senegal won 1-0.
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