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Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

    Falling in love with the slow cycles of Zanzibar
    Falling in love with the slow cycles of Zanzibar
    You don't have to go on a luxury package tour to enjoy what this tropical Tanzanian island has to offer
    Etoile and Sfaxien seek historic African triumph
    Etoile and Sfaxien seek historic African triumph
    Etoile Sahel or title holders CS Sfaxien will create history on Saturday by becoming the first club to win the African Confederation Cup twice.
    Rainbow nation looks for gold in Beijing
    Rainbow nation looks for gold in Beijing
    SA go into their fifth Olympic Games since sporting isolation with their medal hopes once again pinned on their swimmers and track and field athletes.
    Benni breaks record as SA crush Paraguay
    Benni breaks record as SA crush Paraguay
    Benni McCarthy created a record and South Africa equalled one as they outclassed Paraguay 3-0 in a lively international friendly on Wednesday. Blackburn Rovers striker McCarthy headed the crucial second goal two minutes after half-time at Super Stadium near Pretoria to overtake retired Shaun Bartlett and become the leading national team scorer with 30 goals.
    'Rock bottom' Bafana tackle Paraguay
    'Rock bottom' Bafana tackle Paraguay
    Seldom has a friendly international meant so much to 2010 Soccer World Cup hosts South Africa as that against Paraguay on Wednesday. Underperforming Bafana Bafana need a win to silence a growing band of critics, led by Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, Parliament sports committee chairperson Butana Komphela and several top first-division coaches.
    Elephants trample Guinea into dust
    Elephants trample Guinea into dust
    Côte d'Ivoire overwhelmed Guinea in the closing stages to triumph 5-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations Cup quarterfinal on Sunday and equal the record winning margin for the tournament. Next up for Côte d'Ivoire are either defending champions Egypt or dark horses Angola in the semifinals on Thursday.
    Antelopes ready for another Cup leap
    Antelopes ready for another Cup leap
    The continuous rise of Angola into an African force could reach a new level on Thursday in a top-of-the-table Africa Sup of Nations Group D showdown with leaders Tunisia. A draw will ensure the Palancas Negras of a place in the knockout phase of the biennial tournament for the first time.
    No place for hero Van Heerden
    No place for hero Van Heerden
    There is unlikely to be a place in the starting line-up for South Africa hero Elrio van Heerden when they tackle Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday. Van Heerden, who plays for Belgian club Bruges, came off the bench three days ago to score one of the best goals in the biennial tournament.
    Van Heerden helps SA snatch a draw
    Van Heerden helps SA snatch a draw
    Elrio van Heerden scored two minutes from full-time to salvage a 1-1 draw for South Africa against Angola on Wednesday in another 2008 African Nations Cup Group D thriller. No team arrived in Ghana more desperate to impress than South Africa after descending from champs to chumps in a 12-year freefall.
    Angola striker has United on his mind
    Angola striker has United on his mind
    Thousands of kilometres separate Tamale Stadium in northern Ghana from Old Trafford in England. But as Angola striker Mateus "Manucho" Goncalves prepares for an Africa Cup of Nations Group D first-round showdown with South Africa on Wednesday, Manchester United will inevitably be on his mind.
    African Nations Cup jigsaw begins to take shape
    African Nations Cup jigsaw begins to take shape
    Angola, Cameroon, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan and Tunisia were celebrating qualification for the 2008 African Nations Cup on Monday. The Black Antelopes of Angola, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon and the Atlas Lions of Morocco ensured their places at the biennial African football showcase by taking unassailable group leads.