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African football digest

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JOHANNESBURG, Oct 8 (Reuters) - A digest of football stories from around the African continent in recent days:

NIGERIA - Nigeria have named a squad of 25 domestic-based players for this weekend's charity match in Senegal in aid of the victims of the ferry disaster, which claimed some 1,000 lives.
The hastily arranged fixture will be played in Dakar on Saturday.
Coach Christian Chukwu will miss the match as he travels to Malawi to watch the Africa Nations Cup qualifier against Angola, who are both in the same group as Nigeria.
Instead, the squad will be handled by assistant coach Austin Eguavoen. The squad includes World Cup goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

SOUTH AFRICA - Former Mozambican national coach Arnaldo Salvado has become the second casualty of the new South African football season, fired by his premier league club Black Leopards after the weekend.
Salvado, who only took over the team in June, was dismissed after three losses in four league matches.
Last week African Wanderers fired their coach Johnny Ferreira after just three games. Salvado was the first coach from Mozambique to work in South Africa.

ZIMBABWE - Goalkeeper Muzondiwa Gonese of Zimbabwean premier league club Masvigo United has been banned from football for life after an assault on a referee last month, officials announced on Friday.
Gonese attacked referee Philip Kawara with a double-footed lunge during a cup semi-final against AmaZulu after a penalty was awarded against him.
Masvingo striker Lloyd Hlahla, who also attacked the referee, was suspended indefinitely with a review of the decision to made at the end of the 2004 season, officials said. Masvigo were also kicked out of the cup competition. Zimbabwean referees on Saturday threatened to boycott domestic matches in protest at the attack.

IVORY COAST - Ivory Coast's national team gathered in France on Monday to begin a week-long training camp as the coach Robert Nouzaret took advantage of the availability of his European-based players, officials said.
The four-day camp was being held at Sainte-Mazie in the south of France with a friendly planned against Nice on Thursday.
A total of 25 players were called up with the Ivorians not involved in African Nations Cup action this weekend. The group includes Dagui Bakarai, the French-born striker from Lens who in the past has repeatedly turned down invitations to play for the country where his parents were born. Also called up for the first time was Sedan striker Alain Liri.

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Tuesday, 15 October
Lizarazu vows to keep playing for France until Euro 2004
Rehhagel position 'not an issue' says Greek federation
Cyprus angered by UEFA treatment
France at full strength to take on Malta
France set to continue renaissance but Italy look shaky
Monday, 14 October
New faces in Poland squad for New Zealand friendly
Balakov doubtful for Bulgaria qualifier against Andorra
Yugoslav press praise impressive 1-1 draw in Naples
Inzaghi to miss clash with Wales
I won't quit says Italy coach Trapattoni
Croatia coach Baric called on to step down
Cyprus objects to postponement of Israel game
Dumitrescu quits as Romanian under-21 coach
McCarthy says he will quit after Euro 2004
N. Korean 1966 World Cup team revisit the past
Gambia hit Lesotho for six in African Nations Cup
Sunday, 13 October
Sidibe scores on debut for Mali
Burkina Faso come from behind to win
Adebayor secures 1-0 win for Togo
Austria prepare shock for the Netherlands
Lua Lua sent off after scoring in Congo win over Botswana
Swaziland beat Libya in dramatic finish to Cup qualifier
South Africa fall short of goal target in 2-0 victory
UEFA to probe Slovakia-England match trouble
France boost morale with badly-needed victory
Macedonia coach in quit threat
Saez delighted with Spain's flying start to qualifiers
Trapattoni attacked for Italy's lacklustre draw
Eriksson looks for England improvement against Macedonia
Friday, 11 October
UEFA punishes clubs for racist abuse
I deserve respect not criticism, says 100-cap Desailly
Kahn should not quit, Germany chief says
Czech police issue warning about English hooligans
Massive Maltese security operation for Israel visit
England bank on winning start in Slovakia
Argentina's Gorosito begins coaching career
World Cup winners Brazil still in limbo
German coach facing heat over coaching Iraq
Thursday, 10 October
Greece's Patsatzoglou to miss Euro qualifier in Ukraine
Bulgaria wait on injured captain Balakov
Germany fly to Bosnia without Ballack, Metzelder
African Nations Cup scorers
Lightweight contenders face tough Nations Cup scrutiny
Trimmed Israel squad of 20 leaves for Euro clash in Malta
Held's Malta squad troubled by injuries
Bayern reach compensation deal with DFB on Deisler
Chievo's Lanna called up as Coco drops out of Italy squad
Bulajic to miss Euro qualifier due to knee injury
Miyamoto out of Jamaica friendly with knee injury
Euro 2004 qualifying group fixtures/standings
Early but vital days on the road to Euro 2004
Surprised Neville raring to make England return
No favourite for job as Mexico coach
Wednesday, 9 October
Andorra squad for Euro 2004 qualifier against Belgium
Armenia squad for Euro 2004 qualifier
Raul set to recover in time to play Euro 2004 qualifier
Ecuador recall Capurro for friendlies
Iceland squad for Euro 2004 qualifiers
Lens's Moreira replaces Trezeguet in France squad
Turkey showers soccer team in gold
Albania keeper Beqaj doubtful for qualifier with injury
Beckham, Campbell and Cole miss England training
Betis defender Juanito called up to Spain squad
Botswana drop Selolwane from Nations Cup squad
S. Korea and Iran set for semi-final
Eriksson lauds England but plays down Euro 2004 chances
Scolari makes good impression in Mexico interview

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