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Feb 7, 2015

Soccer-Finalists can make amends for Malabo disorder

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Ghana and Ivory Coast can shift the focus of attention from crowd disorder to footballing skills when the two neighbours meet in the final of the African Nations Cup on Sunday.

Ghana’s 3-0 semi-final victory over hosts Equatorial Guinea in Malabo on Thursday was overshadowed by violence, 36 people being injured, one seriously.

Feb 6, 2015

African officials to decide possible sanction on Friday

MALABO (Reuters) – African football officials (CAF) will decide on Friday what action to take after another night of shame for the game at the African Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea.

At least 10 people were injured as violence brought an abrupt halt to the semi-final between the host nation and Ghana in Malabo on Thursday and left carnage around the stadium in a country with little experience of dealing with civil unrest.

Feb 6, 2015

Ghana call for stiff action after fans injured

MALABO (Reuters) – Ghana have called for stiff action against Nations Cup hosts Equatorial Guinea after several Ghanaian supporters were injured in attacks by home fans during Thursday’s semi-final between the two countries.

“It’s a pity that this dark cloud overshadows our success and we really need to see some stiff action taken by the Confederation of African Football (CAF),” said Kwesi Nyantakyi, president of the Ghana Football Association who is also a senior CAF executive.

Feb 5, 2015

Violence flares as Ghana knock hosts out in African Nations Cup semi-final

MALABO (Reuters) – Violent scenes overshadowed the African Nations Cup semi-final as Ghana reached Sunday’s final with a 3-0 win over hosts Equatorial Guinea on Thursday in a match halted for 34 minutes late in the second half.

The crowd spilling onto the field meant the match was halted eight minutes from time as spectators sought sanctuary behind the goal after home fans attacked Ghana supporters and rained objects down on their bench.

Feb 5, 2015

Violence halts African Nations Cup semi-final

MALABO (Reuters) – The African Nations Cup semi-final resumed after a break of over 30 minutes on Thursday as most of the crowd were forced from the stands amid violent scenes after missiles rained down from angry Equatorial Guinea fans.

Ghana supporters sought refuge on the pitch wityh their team leading 3-0 in a tempestuous semi-final at the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo against the tournament hosts.

Feb 5, 2015

Toure finally begins to find form for country

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Yaya Toure remains much of an enigma at international level but glimpses of his club form at the African Nations Cup is a major boon for Ivory Coast as they prepare for Sunday’s final.

“Yaya has never before got his level for the national team,” said coach Herve Renard of his captain after their 3-1 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo in Bata on Wednesday saw the Elephants to their third final in 10 years.

Feb 5, 2015

Soccer-Toure finally begins to find form for country

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Yaya Toure remains much of an enigma at international level but glimpses of his club form at the African Nations Cup is a major boon for Ivory Coast as they prepare for Sunday’s final.

“Yaya has never before got his level for the national team,” said coach Herve Renard of his captain after their 3-1 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo in Bata on Wednesday saw the Elephants to their third final in 10 years.

Feb 5, 2015

Tunisia refuse to apologise, face Nations Cup expulsion

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Tunisia’s football federation are refusing to apologise to the Confederation of African Football after accusing them of cheating, a member of the federation’s executive committee was quoted as saying on Wednesday. In the wake of the violent scenes that followed Tunisia’s controversial elimination from the tournament by Equatorial Guinea last Saturday, the north Africans were fined $50,000.

They were also ordered to say sorry for “insinuations of bias and lack of ethics against CAF and its officials, or to present irrefutable evidence to substantiate the accusations”.

Feb 5, 2015

Toure sparkles as Ivory Coast ease into Nations Cup final

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Goals from Yaya Toure and Gervinho helped steer Ivory Coast into the African Nations Cup final in a 3-1 win over Democratic Republic of Congo in the Estadio de Bata on Wednesday.

Toure, playing at a sixth finals, blasted home a missile-like shot after 21 minutes to give the Ivorians the lead but a handball allowed Dieumerci Mbokani to equalise from the penalty spot three minutes later.

Feb 4, 2015

Errant Nations Cup referee gets six-month ban

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – The referee at the centre of the controversial penalty decision that helped hosts Equatorial Guinea reach the African Nations Cup semi-finals has been banned for six months, CAF said in a statement on Tuesday.

Rajindraparsad Seechurn of Mauritius has also been removed from the list of top African officials, effectively ending his international career, the Confederation of African Football added.