MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea, Jan 29 (Reuters) – At the outset of the African Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea there were no favourites and after the first round of the tournament there is still a foggy outlook.
Not a single side advanced through the group phase with a 100 percent record, reflecting both the fact there was little to choose between the 16 teams.
MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea, (Reuters) – Mali and Guinea face a long night as they await a rare drawing of lots to decide which team goes through to the African Nations Cup quarter-finals. A 1-1 draw between the teams in Mongomo on Wednesday left them tied in second place in Group D behind the Ivory Coast, who finished top after beating Cameroon 1-0 in Malabo.
Max Gradel’s first-half goal means the Ivorians will take on Algeria in the last eight in Malabo on Sunday.
MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea, (Reuters) – Lots will be drawn to separate Mali and Guinea after they ended dead level in African Nations Cup Group D on Wednesday.
Mali captain Seydou Keita had a penalty saved at Estadio de Mongomo as the teams played out a third successive 1-1 draw and finished level on points, goal difference and goals scored in second place in the standings behind Ivory Coast.
MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Ghana produced a storming comeback and Algeria ratified their top ranking as both advanced to the African Nations Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday with victories in their last Group C matches.
Ghana were a goal down at halftime but beat South Africa 2-1 in Mongomo with two late strikes while Algeria ended Senegal’s hopes with a 2-0 triumph in Malabo.
MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Andre Ayew led a storming comeback for Ghana as they catapulted into the African Nations Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 over South Africa at Estadio Mongomo on Tuesday.
Ayew headed home an 83rd minute winner as Ghana came from behind to take top place in Group C after a second successive win. They advance with Algeria as Senegal and bottom-placed South Africa head home.
MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – African countries will vote overwhelmingly for Sepp Blatter in this year’s FIFA elections, senior officials told Reuters on Tuesday.
“Africa is solidly behind Blatter. You will find he is very popular on the continent,” said Kwesi Nyantakyi, the president of the Ghana Football Association and a Confederation of African Football executive committee member.
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.
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.
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.
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.