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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.

Jan 19, 2015

Algeria fight back to beat South Africa 3-1

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – South Africa missed a penalty and conceded an own goal as top-ranked Algeria came from behind to win 3-1 in their African Nations Cup Group C game on Monday.

After a nightmare in the previous Cup when they were the first team eliminated despite also being high up the rankings, Algeria fought back for a winning start to their campaign.

Jan 19, 2015

Soccer-Europe fuels scoring engine at Nations Cup

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Half of the eight goals scored so far at the African Nations Cup came from European-born players, highlighting the growing dependency of the region’s national teams on footballers from the diaspora.

Only two of the 16 countries at the finals drew their 23-man squads exclusively from home-born players.

Jan 19, 2015

Opening Group B skirmishes deliver little clarity

EBEBEYIN, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Little clarity on the likely outcome of African Nations Cup Group B was offered by the four protagonists on their opening night of competition at the Estadio de Ebebeyin on Sunday.

Two 1-1 draws between, first, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia and then the Cape Verde Islands and Tunisia means all four sides are level after the first round of matches.

Jan 18, 2015

African Nations Cup hosts fall short as lack of preparation tells

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Equatorial Guinea fell short of a dramatic upset in Saturday’s opening match of African Nations Cup finals as a lack of preparation and last-minute change of coach caught up with them.

The hosts, who had just two months to prepare after being catapulted into the 16-team field when the small central African country stepped into take over the organisation of the tournament, let slip a potentially famous win as they gave up a late goal in a 1-1 draw with Congo at the Estadio de Bata.

Jan 17, 2015

Hosts denied opening day Nations Cup triumph

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – A late equaliser cost hosts Equatorial Guinea an opening win at the African Nations Cup finals as they drew 1-1 with Congo on Saturday before Gabon beat Burkina Faso 2-0 to top Group A.

Congo’s Thievy Bifouma netted three minutes from time to deny the tiny host nation a rousing start to the hastily-arranged tournament as a more than capacity crowd turned out at the Estadio de Bata for the tournament curtain raiser.

Jan 17, 2015

Soccer-Hosts denied opening day Nations Cup triumph

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Jan 17 (Reuters) – A late equaliser cost hosts Equatorial Guinea an opening win at the African Nations Cup finals as they drew 1-1 with Congo on Saturday before Gabon beat Burkina Faso 2-0 to top Group A.

Congo’s Thievy Bifouma netted three minutes from time to deny the tiny host nation a rousing start to the hastily-arranged tournament as a more than capacity crowd turned out at the Estadio de Bata for the tournament curtain raiser.

Jan 17, 2015

Aubameyang sets up Gabon win over Burkina Faso

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put aside the trauma of his last African Nations Cup finals appearance with the first goal in a 2-0 win over Burkina Faso in their Group A opener on Saturday.

The French-born striker, who missed the decisive penalty in a quarter-final shootout against Mali three years ago when Gabon co-hosted the tournament, opened the scoring in the 19th minute.

Jan 17, 2015

Soccer-Aubameyang sets up Gabon win over Burkina Faso

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put aside the trauma of his last African Nations Cup finals appearance with the first goal in a 2-0 win over Burkina Faso in their Group A opener on Saturday.

The French-born striker, who missed the decisive penalty in a quarter-final shootout against Mali three years ago when Gabon co-hosted the tournament, opened the scoring in the 19th minute.

Jan 17, 2015

Congo coach Le Roy criticises Nations Cup organisers

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Congo coach Claude Le Roy again criticised African Nations Cup organisers on Saturday as his team spent more than a hour fighting through the crowds to reach the stadium for the tournament’s opening match.

Le Roy said the bus drive from the hotel that previously took 12 minutes this time lasted 65 minutes as they battled through the traffic heading to the match against hosts Equatorial Guinea at the Estadio de Bata.