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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.

Feb 3, 2015

Ghana and Ivory Coast eye final showdown

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Neighbours Ghana and Ivory Coast start as overwhelming favourites to set up a mouthwatering African Nations Cup final but must first get past semi-final opponents who have exceeded expectations.

Ivory Coast take on Democratic Republic of Congo in the first semi in Bata on Wednesday, followed a day later by Ghana’s meeting with hosts Equatorial Guinea in Malabo.

Feb 1, 2015

Analysis: African football at credibility crossroads

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – African football sits at yet another crossroad in its search for credibility after farcical and violent scenes in Saturday’s quarter-finals at its showpiece event.

A dubious refereeing decision, followed by a violent reaction from aggrieved Tunisian players, put a damper on an African Nations Cup tournament that has been hastily put together with much success in a matter of over just two months.

Feb 1, 2015

Comebacks and clashes in mixed day for African game

By Mark Gleeson

BATA, Equatorial Guinea(Reuters) – African football hit dizzying heights before descending into violent farce on Saturday with the referee attacked after tiny Equatorial Guinea shocked Tunisia in a controversy-mired African Nations Cup quarter-final.

A stunning opening tie between the two Congos, which produced six goals at Estadio de Bata, set up an evening of much promise, but the on-field drama of the second quarter-final was overshadowed by ugly scenes as the referee was punched and kicked by incensed Tunisian players.

Jan 31, 2015

White Witch Doctor’s dreams turn into nightmare

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Claude Le Roy’s dreams of yet another tilt at African Nations Cup glory came unstuck on Saturday as his Congo side crashed out in the quarter-finals following a 4-2 defeat by neighbours Democratic Republic of Congo.

The manager known as the ‘White Witch Doctor’ — due to his ability to conjure up unexpected success — had high hopes of taking unfancied Congo deep into the tournament but his men exited after letting a 2-0 lead to slip through their grasps.

Jan 31, 2015

Soccer-White Witch Doctor’s dreams turn into nightmare

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Claude Le Roy’s dreams of yet another tilt at African Nations Cup glory came unstuck on Saturday as his Congo side crashed out in the quarter-finals following a 4-2 defeat by neighbours Democratic Republic of Congo.

The manager known as the ‘White Witch Doctor’ — due to his ability to conjure up unexpected success — had high hopes of taking unfancied Congo deep into the tournament but his men exited after letting a 2-0 lead to slip through their grasps.

Jan 31, 2015

DR Congo come from behind to take semifinal place

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Dieumerci Mbokani scored twice as Democratic Republic of Congo came back from 2-0 down midway through the second half to beat Congo 4-2 in a thrilling African Nations Cup quarter-final at Estadio de Bata on Saturday.

Jeremy Bokila and Joel Kimwaki got the other goals as DR Congo staged a remarkable turnaround to reach the last four for the first time since 1998.

Jan 31, 2015

Soccer-DR Congo come from behind to take semifinal place

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Dieumerci Mbokani scored twice as Democratic Republic of Congo came back from 2-0 down midway through the second half to beat Congo 4-2 in a thrilling African Nations Cup quarter-final at Estadio de Bata on Saturday.

Jeremy Bokila and Joel Kimwaki got the other goals as DR Congo staged a remarkable turnaround to reach the last four for the first time since 1998.