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Jan 26, 2015

DR Congo squeeze into Nations Cup quarter-finals

EBIBEYIN, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo squeezed into the African Nations Cup quarter-finals on Monday by the slimmest of margins as Jeremy Bokila scored a second-half goal against Tunisia in Bata to ensure their progress despite failing to win a match.

The 1-1 draw meant Tunisia finished top in Group B with five points with the Congolese second after drawing all three of their matches.

Jan 26, 2015

Equatorial Guinea success flies in face of convention

EBIBEYIN, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Hosts Equatorial Guinea have reached the African Nations Cup quarter-finals on a wave of popular support having thrown away most of the game’s conventional wisdoms in their patchy preparations.

A motley collection of players, mainly from the lower leagues in Spain, galvanised by two former teenage talents now at a crossroads in their club careers and an Argentine-born manager who had been coaching women’s football, have upset the odds to book a place in the last eight, spurred on by their passionate fans in one of Africa’s smallest countries.

Jan 26, 2015

Hosts in safety dilemma after reaching Nations Cup knockouts

EBIBEYIN, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Qualification of hosts Equatorial Guinea for the knockout phase of the African Nations Cup has created a potential safety dilemma for the Confederation of African Football and local organisers.

The home team beat Gabon 2-0 on Sunday to finish second in Group B and will now play their quarter-final at Ebibeyin on Saturday.

Jan 25, 2015

Ivory Coast stare down barrel of bitter history

EBIBEYIN, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Ivory Coast will be hoping history does not repeat itself and they are eliminated from the African Nations Cup finals by the drawing of lots as was the case 27 years ago.

The very real scenario of a draw being needed to separate the teams in Group D has developed after Saturday’s matches at the tournament in Equatorial Guinea again ended in stalemates.

Jan 23, 2015

Senegal go top after comeback draw with South Africa

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Senegal inched closer to an African Nations Cup quarter-final place after a 1-1 draw with South Africa put them top of Group C on Friday.

Kara Mbodji’s equaliser on the hour at the Estadio de Mongomo left Senegal needing only a draw in their last group game against Algeria in Malabo to advance.

Jan 22, 2015

Veteran goalkeeper saves the day for DR Congo

EBIBEYIN, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Key saves in the final five minutes by the Democratic Republic of Congo goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba kept his side’s goal intact and ensured a goalless draw with Cape Verde in the African Nations Cup on Thursday.

Kidiaba, who turns 39 next month and is the oldest player at the tournament, made a double save in the 85th minute to deny Cape Verde the best chance of a bland match and then again two minutes later from Heldon’s shot.

Jan 22, 2015

Cape Verde seek to stay on course for success

EBEBIYIN, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Cape Verde, the smallest country to ever compete in the African Nations Cup, will seek to take a step towards the quarter-finals when they play the Democratic Republic of Congo in one of two Group B games on Thursday.

Tunisia and Zambia start the day’s proceedings at the 5,000-capacity stadium in the small border town in Equatorial Guinea.

Jan 21, 2015

Congo victory throws Group A wide open

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Congo captain Prince Oniangue threw open the permutations in Group A at the African Nations Cup in Bata on Wednesday with the only goal of the game as Congo upset Gabon 1-0 to go top of the standings.

His goal shortly after halftime ensured a win for the first time in more than 40 years at the finals for Congo, who are now on four points.

Jan 21, 2015

Soccer-Ghana’s Appiah to keep an eye on Cambridge FA cup hopes

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Ghana striker Kwesi Appiah will likely be in the stadium at the African Nations Cup on Friday when his former team Cambridge United face Manchester United but he will try to find out the score.

Ghana take on Algeria in Group C at the Estadio Mongomo a few hours before the English League Two (fourth tier) club, where he has just completed a loan spell from Crystal Palace, host giants United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Jan 20, 2015

Algeria and Senegal off to winning starts

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Algeria and Senegal made winning starts to their African Nations Cup campaigns on Monday with dramatic come-from-behind victories in Group C.

Moussa Sow scored with the last kick of the game at the Estadio de Mongomo to see Senegal to a 2-1 win over Ghana while South Africa missed a penalty and scored an own goal as they allowed Algeria to fight back and win 3-1.