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Feb 3, 2013

Soccer-Nations Cup dream is over for me, says Drogba

RUSTENBURG, South Africa, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Captain Didier Drogba said the chances of he and a golden generation of Ivory Coast players ever lifting the African Nations Cup had gone for good after a 2-1 quarter-final defeat by Nigeria on Sunday.

“It’s over,” the 34-year-old striker, who missed a penalty in normal time in last year’s final shootout loss to Zambia, quietly summarised.

Feb 1, 2013

African Nations Cup organisers in a race to fix dismal pitch

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – - Fixing a dismal pitch in Nelspruit and boosting attendance numbers are top priorities for organisers of the African Nations Cup in South Africa as the tournament enters the knock-out stages, officials said on Friday.

Players and coaches have been outraged at the state of the sand-covered pitch at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, which looks more suited to beach volleyball than international football.

Feb 1, 2013

Nations Cup organisers in a race to fix dismal pitch

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – - Fixing a dismal pitch in Nelspruit and boosting attendance numbers are top priorities for organisers of the African Nations Cup in South Africa as the tournament enters the knock-out stages, officials said on Friday.

Players and coaches have been outraged at the state of the sand-covered pitch at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, which looks more suited to beach volleyball than international football.

Feb 1, 2013

Soccer-Nations Cup organisers in a race to fix dismal pitch

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 1 (Reuters) – - Fixing a dismal pitch in Nelspruit and boosting attendance numbers are top priorities for organisers of the African Nations Cup in South Africa as the tournament enters the knock-out stages, officials said on Friday.

Players and coaches have been outraged at the state of the sand-covered pitch at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, which looks more suited to beach volleyball than international football.

Jan 31, 2013

Soccer-Ivory Coast ready to ramp up intensity for Nigeria clash

RUSTENBURG, South Africa, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Ivory Coast are treating their African Nations Cup quarter-final against fellow heavyweights Nigeria like a title match as the tournament favourites bid to end a decade of disappointment.

The West African giants set up Sunday’s clash in Rustenburg after the Ivorians topped of Group D, while Nigeria finished second in Group C.

Jan 30, 2013

South African ferrochrome output cuts expected to boost prices

JOHANNESBURG/LONDON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Ferrochrome
production cuts in South Africa are likely to persist into the
second quarter, boosting prices at a time of weak demand,
traders said.

South Africa is the world’s second-biggest producer of the
alloy used to make stainless steel, but several companies have
shut down operations in recent weeks to help power utility Eskom
to manage the country’s tight electricity supply.

Jan 26, 2013

Drogba feels great despite first time on bench

RUSTENBURG, South Africa (Reuters) – Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba dismissed concerns he may not be in top form after starting Saturday’s African Nations Cup 3-0 win over Tunisia on the bench, the first time he was dropped in his international career.

Drogba was brought on for the final 25 minutes of the energy-charged Group D game but still failed to impress, and left it to his teammates Gervinho, Yaya Toure and Didier Ya Konan to ensure a second successive win for the Elephants at tournament.

Jan 26, 2013

Soccer-Drogba feels great despite first time on bench

RUSTENBURG, South Africa, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba dismissed concerns he may not be in top form after starting Saturday’s African Nations Cup 3-0 win over Tunisia on the bench, the first time he was dropped in his international career.

Drogba was brought on for the final 25 minutes of the energy-charged Group D game but still failed to impress, and left it to his teammates Gervinho, Yaya Toure and Didier Ya Konan to ensure a second successive win for the Elephants at tournament.

Jan 22, 2013

Ivory Coast realise size of challenge, says Drogba

RUSTENBURG, South Africa (Reuters) – Ivory Coast are under no illusions about how difficult it will be to win the African Nations Cup, the favourites’ captain Didier Drogba said after a nervous 2-1 opening win over Togo on Tuesday.

“Of course we want to win but 15 other teams want to win as well,” Drogba told reporters at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.

Jan 22, 2013

Soccer-Ivory Coast realise size of challenge, says Drogba

RUSTENBURG, South Africa, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Ivory Coast are under no illusions about how difficult it will be to win the African Nations Cup, the favourites’ captain Didier Drogba said after a nervous 2-1 opening win over Togo on Tuesday.

“Of course we want to win but 15 other teams want to win as well,” Drogba told reporters at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.