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African football digest

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JOHANNESBURG, Aug 13 (Reuters) - A digest of recent football stories around Africa:

NIGERIA - Enyimba have retained their Nigerian league championship by beating El Kanemi Warriors 2-1 at home on Sunday and becoming the first side since 1990 to successfully defend their title. The club, from the eastern city of Aba, had to come from a goal down before eventually winning the game against the already-relegated Warriors, with Eric Fascindo's second half strike ensuring the title. Enyimba finished the campaign with 61 points from their 34 matches, four ahead of Enugu Rangers, who ended second. Enyimba qualify to play in next year's African Champions League while Enugu Rangers will represent Nigeria in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Cup. Iwuanyanwu Nationale were the last side to win back-to-back league tiles in Nigeria.

LIBERIA - Kadala Kromah has been re-appointed as coach of Liberia, taking over from George Weah in the wake of the country's disappointing performance at the African Nations Cup finals in Mali this year. Kromah was named as new coach last week by the country's football association and on Monday began putting his new squad through their paces, officials said. Kromah, 50, has previously coached in Benin, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. He has in charge of Liberia for four months in 2000 but was sacked after a World Cup qualifying match defeat in Sudan and replaced by Weah. Liberia travel to Guinea next month at the start of the qualifying campaign for the 2004 Nations Cup tournament in Tunisia.

CONGO - Congo have named Swiss coach Claude Andrey to handle their national team just weeks after naming another to take charge of their African Nations Cup qualifying campaign. Officials said at the weekend that Andrey, 52, would be the new coach of the team, taking over from Henri Endzanga was named to the post last month. Endzanga is coach of the country's club champions Etoile du Congo. Andrey was coach of Etoile Carouge in Switzerland last season and also previously worked in Greece.

MAURITANIA - A five-man selection committee has been appointed to take charge of the north African country's team but Moussa Ghassem will conduct the day-to-day work, press reports said at the weekend. The reports said a five-man committee, headed by Nouadhibou president Abass Boughourbal, would supervise Ghassem, formerly coach of FC Nouadhibou. Mauritania play in the African Nations Cup qualifiers next month, hosting the Cape Verde Islands in Nouakchott on September 6 in their first match of their qualifying group for the 2004 finals. Mauritania's squad is to train in neighbouring Senegal before the match, the reports said.

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Injuries force Voeller to experiment against Bulgaria
Monday, 19 August
Injured Haas drops out of Austria squad
France coach Santini calls up goalkeeper Landreau
Sunday, 18 August
Germany's Boehme out of Bulgaria friendly
Saturday, 17 August
Germany veteran Bode retires
Friday, 16 August
Swaziland name squad for cup semi-final
Chapuisat recalled to Swiss squad for Austria friendly
Thursday, 15 August
Friedrich earns surprise Germany call-up
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Wednesday, 14 August
Former Russia captain Onopko to bow out against Sweden
Ballack named Germany's Footballer of Year
Five new faces in Spain squad to face Hungary
Injury aches stay with Beckham

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