African Cup of Nations
African Cup of Nations
ONLY one of the winners from the past nine championships, Tunisia, will be competing in the latest Africa Cup of Nations. Consequently a number of the “daddy” teams from the continent – Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa and Cameroon, will not. Meanwhile, three new entrants will take their bow: co-hosts Equatorial Guinea, Niger and Botswana. The tournament then, despite being 45 years old, has a young feel to it. Which shouldn’t stop us being grown up about it. Not when Africa has matured enough for a measure of parity to be sought with standards elsewhere.
DEFENDING champions Egypt strolled into the final of the African Nations Cup as eight-man Algeria bowed out in ignominious fashion.
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ALGERIA and Egypt retreated behind closed doors on the eve of their African Nations Cup semi-final in Benguela, seeking to avoid a revival of the hostility that marked their recent World Cup qualifying battle.
TWO goals in five minutes at the start of extra-time helped defending champions Egypt book their place in the African Nations Cup semi-final with a battling victory over Cameroon.
ANGOLA and Algeria reached the quarter-finals at the African Nations Cup yesterday following a goalless draw. Angola topped Group A with five points, one more than Algeria and Mali. Malawi finished with three points.
ALGERIA kept their hopes of progress in the African Nations Cup alive as they edged past Mali 1-0 in Cidadela yesterday.
THE African Nations Cup threw up another upset yesterday as Gabon took down one of the tournament favourites, Cameroon, beating Paul Le Guen's side 1-0 in the first Group D game.
CONFEDERATION of African Football president Issa Hayatou insists Togo withdrew from the African Nations Cup with their blessing rather than being disqualified.
THE Confederation of African Football have all but disqualified Togo from the African Nations Cup by confirming the team will not be allowed to re-enter the competition after they did not take part in last night's scheduled game against Ghana.
MALAWI stunned Algeria at a near-deserted 11 November stadium as the unpredictable start to the African Nations Cup continued.
AFRICAN Nations Cup favourites Ivory Coast were held to a goalless draw by a stubborn Burkina Faso in their opening Group B match at the Estadio do Cabinda.
THE MACHINE GUN attack on the Togo national team as they travelled to Angola for the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday night must, of course, be first recognised as a personal tragedy.
THERE are three SPL players in Angola for the Africa Cup of Nations and the participation of at least one was thrown into doubt yesterday when it emerged Celtic midfielder Landry N'Guemo's Cameroon side will be withdrawn if the violence continues.
IT MAY have recently become fashionable for trousers to be worn with the waistline hanging at mid-buttock, but the style was pioneered in Ghana 17 years ago by an unwitting German. That may have been more to do with Otto Pfister's haphazard approach to tailoring than any sartorial prescience, but even today Ghanaian teenagers refer to the style as "doing an Otto".
LARYEA Kingston is not a man who ever seems short of motivation, but should he need extra impetus in the final week of the African Cup of Nations, he is not short of spurs. The tournament has frothed Ghana into a patriotic fervour, but Kingston has more personal drives for success, first this afternoon in the quarter-final against Nigeria and ultimately, he hopes, in the final next Sunday.
SENEGAL and South Africa were eliminated from the African Cup of Nations after a 1-1 draw in their last Group D match in Kumasi yesterday.
CAMEROON striker Samuel Eto'o became the highest scorer in African Nations Cup history when he converted a penalty in a 3-0 win over Sudan yesterday.
MIDFIELDER John Obi Mikel scored and set up another as Nigeria beat Benin 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations yesterday.
PREMIER League pair Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari scored as Ghana progressed to the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup as group winners following a 2-0 victory over Morocco.
ALBERTO Manucho scored two goals in the second half and Flavio added another yesterday as Angola stunned Senegal 3-1 in the African Cup of Nations.