Mark Gleeson

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4 Jun 2019 | 10:25 PM

Road to 2022 World Cup begins in Mongolia

(Reuters) - The long road to the 2022 World Cup finals begins in the footballing backwaters of Mongolia on Thursday as the first games that count towards qualification for Qatar are hosted in Asia.

29 May 2019 | 5:08 PM

Nigeria ready to fulfil potential at women's World Cup, says coach

(Reuters) - Nigeria have been unable to translate their dominance of African football into consistent success at the women's World Cup but coach Thomas Dennerby says his side have the potential to reach the latter stages of the upcoming tournament in France.

22 May 2019 | 9:31 PM

Esperance seek rare back-to-back African Champions League titles

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Esperance, Tunisia's African Champions League title holders, will start as favourites on Friday as, on the back of a 10-game unbeaten run, they bid to become only the fourth club to retain the trophy in more than half a century.

13 May 2019 | 10:20 PM

South African government instructs athletics body to appeal Semenya decision

PRETORIA (Reuters) - The South African government said on Monday it was instructing the country's athletics governing body to appeal against the Court of Arbitration for Sport decision on female eligibility that directly affects their Olympic champion Caster Semenya.

2 May 2019 | 2:12 AM

Semenya at career crossroads with little time to choose direction

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Caster Semenya has 30 days to challenge the decision to dismiss her appeal against restrictions being placed on female athletes with elevated levels of testosterone - but the timescale for choices over her career direction is far shorter.

29 Apr 2019 | 10:59 PM

Athletics - Semenya decision to be announced by CAS on Wednesday

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The decision on Caster Semenya’s challenge to continue competing without any restrictions will be announced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) at 1000 GMT on Wednesday.

27 Apr 2019 | 2:08 PM

Experience helped propel Ajax to Champions League semi-finals

(Reuters) - Ajax Amsterdam’s unexpected march to the Champions League semi-finals has done much to highlight the dynamic young talent at the club, but it was their decision to add more experience to the team that has proven key to their success.

15 Apr 2019 | 9:14 PM

African soccer whistleblower fired after accusing boss of corruption

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - African soccer's ruling body has fired a senior official after he made corruption accusations against the organisation's president in a potential blow to FIFA's efforts to clean up the game after a raft of scandals worldwide.

10 Apr 2019 | 11:29 PM

Stuttering South Africans look for change of fortune in Super Rugby

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's Super Rugby teams will be expected to pull their socks up after a dismal weekend where their commitment and character came in for harsh criticism.

25 Mar 2019 | 5:04 AM

South Africa secure last berth at Cup of Nations finals

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa booked the last place at the African Cup of Nations finals with a 2-1 away win over Libya thanks to Percy Tau's double on Sunday to complete the lineup for the 24-team finals being hosted in Egypt in June.