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English hooligans’ designs thwarted

British and South African police have foiled an attempt by English hooligans to sneak into the country for the World Cup via Dubai, the police minister said on Monday, reports Reuters from Johannesburg.

Nathi Mthethwa also said around 3,200 identified hooligans had until Tuesday to hand in their passports to British police to prevent them travelling.

"A month ago, some of them were trying to go via Dubai to come to South Africa and both the South African and UK forces were able to nip them," Mthethwa told a news conference.

He said around a dozen hooligans were intercepted but would not give details of where they were stopped.

Gullit considering Aussie role

Former Dutch star and Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit is considering taking up the role as Australia coach when Pim Verbeek steps down after the World Cup finals, reports IANS from London.

The search has started for Verbeek’s replacement, who revealed in March that he would step down after a two-and-a half year stint because of demands on family and his desire to return to Europe.

The Daily Telegraph reported that a host of coaches have been linked to the job, including Gullit’s former team-mate Frank Rijkaard.

Gullit said he would be happy to speak to Football Federation Australia about taking control of the Socceroos in the lead-up to the 2011 Asian Cup.

Kanu to lead Nigerians

Nwankwo Kanu, who will be playing his third World Cup, will captain Nigeria for next month's tournament in South Africa, reports Reuters from Abuja.

Coach Lars Lagerback, who made his choice after just two games in charge, also included Rabiu Afolabi, Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, John Utaka and Joseph Yobo from the squad that took part in the 2002 finals.

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