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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.

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.