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Kgatlana headlines Banyana squad for Women's World Cup

South Africa coach Desiree Ellis named a 23-player squad headlined by African Women's Footballer of the Year Thembi Kgatlana for the women's World Cup in France next month.

The pacey Kgatlana is the chief attacking threat for the side and plays in China with Beijing BG Phoenix, along with national team-mate, midfielder Linda Motlhalo.

Both were at Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League last year, and it will be their, and indeed the country's, first World Cup.

As was veteran Janine van...

Banyana add Norway to their FIFA Women's World Cup preparations

South Africa's national women's football team, Banyana Banyana, have added a final friendly to their pre-World Cup schedule, and will face Norway on 2 June in France.

Banyana will be participating in their first-ever FIFA Women's World Cup come June, and have lined up some staunch competition in preparation, including defending champions USA on 12 May in California.

The task will be made slightly easier in that Ballon d'Or holder Ada Hegerberg will not be in Norway's line-up, having withdrawn her...

Micho's Orlando Pirates title mission nears completion

Orlando Pirates are on the brink of winning the South African Premier Soccer League after seven years without a title, the silverware set to crown a campaign underpinned by the coaching prowess, and sleepless nights, of coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic.

The 49-year-old Serb originally joined the Buccaneers back in 2006, but departed after just over six months at the helm, despite overseeing the club's best continental campaign since they won the African Cup of Champions Clubs (now the CAF Champions...

CAF Champions League preview: Clash of the Titans

For the first time in the history of the CAF Champions League, the semifinal line-up will consist of the previous four winners, as Mamelodi Sundowns meet Wydad Casablanca, and Tout Puissant Mazembe and Esperance de Tunis clash in a pair of engrossing first legs.

Congolese giants Mazembe have had to wait the longest to get their hands on Africa's grandest club prize again, but are the most successful side still standing, having conquered the continent on five occasions since 1967.

Their last Champions...

Revenge and revolutions: Five Afcon clashes you absolutely should not miss

In light of Friday's CAF Africa Cup of Nations group-stage draw in Cairo, ESPN picks out five mouth-watering games to look forward in the first round.

The expanded 24-team format has meant more inclusion for the continent's lesser lights, while the traditional heavyweights have been spread around the groups.

However, there's absolutely no shortage of intrigue in the first round following a compelling first-round draw.

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