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African teams' preperations for 2014 World Cup

The African Football Confederation (CAF) will cover the costs of training, at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo, for the African teams to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the continental football governing body said.

CAF is also calling on the entire African continent to support the five teams that qualified for Brazil 2014 which kicks off in June.

The five countries are Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria.

In a news dispatch from the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, the Confederation said it has decided to make it's Excellence Centre in Cameroon available to the five teams and it will cover the cost of their stay.

This was among the many decisions made at the recent CAF Executive Committee meeting in Cairo.

All the information African football fans will be seeking on the five teams will be provided by media experts.

Representatives of the five teams thanked CAF President Issa Hayatou for providing the platform for the exchange of information and enhanced preparations for the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Hayatou has expressed his sadness at the news of the death of the former Mozambique Football Association (MFA) President, Mário Coluna.

The former player with (Benfica of Portugal), who also served as sports minister in Mozambique, died in Maputo on Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, aged 78.

Coluna represented Portugal 57 times, scoring eight goals and skippered them to third place at the 1966 FIFA World Cup.

He also won 10 Portuguese League titles, six Portuguese Cups and the European Cup in 1960/61 and 1961/62.

He returned to his native Mozambique after he finished his playing career and was involved in football.

His death comes less than two months after that of another Benfica and Portugal hero who was also born in Mozambique, the legendary Eusébio.

Pana 27/02/2014