There were mixed fortunes for coaches in the weekend’s continental club championship, which saw some clubs moved to the brink of qualification for the last four.

Malian torchbearers, AS Real stunned AC Leopards by beating the latter 2-1 in their Group A Day Four clash on Sunday at their favourite Denis Sassou Nguesso Stadium in Dolisie.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has appointed Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba as the new Bafana Bafana coach until the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Nigeria's U20 male football team, Flying Eagles stepped up their build-up for next month's final Africa Youth Championship (AYC) qualifier against Lesotho when they whitewashed Nigeria National League side Prisons FC of Abuja 5-0.

As the 2014 FIFA World Cup enters the ultimate phases, several African nations are gearing up for the final Afcon elimination round to decide the last seven teams to enter the group stages of qualification for Morocco 2015.

It may be something of a footballing cliché that “at the highest level, any error can prove fatal” but on Monday, at the Estadio Nacional, it most certainly rang true.

Argentina secured top spot in Group F and preserved their unblemished record at Brazil 2014 with a 3-2 win over Nigeria illuminated by braces for Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa. Alejandro Sabella's side will be joined in the Round of 16 by the Super Eagles, who contributed greatly to this enthralling match and progress due to Iran's defeat to already-eliminated Bosnia and Herzegovina.