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African soccer digest

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JOHANNESBURG, July 31 (Reuters) - A digest of African soccer stories in recent days:

GHANA - Emmanuel Afranie, the coach of Ghana's under-20 side who were runners-up at the world championships in Argentina earlier this month, has been sacked as part of a series of sweeping changes to the coaching structure at the Ghana Football Association. No reason was given for Afranie's dismissal, which comes despite widespread acclaim for the team reaching the final of the world youth championship against Argentina. Malik Jabir, a former coach of Ghana's national team, replaces him. The changes follow the election of Ben Koufie as the new president of the Ghana Football Association.

ALGERIA - Algeria will play a friendly against Portugal in Lisbon on September 25. It will be the first game in charge for coach Rabah Madjer, who has taken over for a second spell. Madjer spent most of his playing career at FC Porto in Portugal, scoring their European Cup final win over Bayern Munich in Vienna in 1987. Algeria, preparing for next year's African Nations Cup finals, also play world champions France in Paris on October 6.

MOROCCO - Morocco are the first country to formally declare their intention to bid for the 2006 African Nations Cup finals. The decision was made at a meeting of the bureau of the Moroccan Football Federation at the weekend. It is also expected that Egypt will declare their candidacy. The Confederation of African Football will name the hosts next year. The next Nations Cup finals take place in Mali in January, with 2004 awarded to Tunisia.

ZIMBABWE - Controversial Dutch coach Clemens Westerhof was given a standing ovation by fans after steering Harare club Dynamos into the final of the League Cup on Sunday. Westerhof, the former Nigerian national coach, is working with the team on a short-term basis, receiving a petrol allowance in return for a three-month stint with the club. The applause came after Dynamos beat Buffaloes 3-0 in Harare on Sunday. They will play either Shabanie or Masvingo United in the final. Their semifinal was abandoned on Sunday because of crowd trouble and is set to be replayed.

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Tuesday, 31 July
Ronaldo return delayed as a "precaution"
Brazil's Big Phil facing moment of truth
Leonardo returns for Brazil but Romario is dropped
Petrov back for Bulgaria friendly
African soccer digest
Ghana to re-build for African Nations Cup finals
Little to celebrate as Copa America ends
Coach Shaibu rewarded with permanent Nigerian deal
Monday, 30 July
Coach Shaibu rewarded with permanent Nigerian deal
Colombians celebrate soccer win with flags, flour
Sunday, 29 July
Honduras spring another surprise at Copa America
Mali given thumbs up for African Nations Cup venues
Saturday, 28 July
"We'll win Copa America" - Colombia's Pastrana
Ghana police to blame for soccer deaths
Nigeria v Ghana World Cup match is sold out
Ghana in Nigeria without key players for World Cup game

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