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Feb 7, 2015

Rubbish collector Renard now picking up trophies

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Herve Renard, who will lead Ivory Coast in Sunday’s African Nations Cup final against Ghana, once collected rubbish for a living and is now in the business of picking up trophies.

The dashing 46-year-old Frenchman, who wears a trademark tight white shirt on the bench, could become the first coach to win the trophy with two countries.

Feb 7, 2015

Coach Grant makes whirlwind start for Ghana

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Avram Grant, coach of African Nations Cup finalists Ghana, has made a whirlwind start to his new job.

The Israeli was among a handful of high-profile candidates shortlisted to take over after the sacking of coach Kwesi Appiah in September.

Feb 7, 2015

Finalists can make amends for Malabo disorder

By Mark Gleeson

BATA, Equatorial Guinea(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 7, 2015

Soccer-Rubbish collector Renard now picking up trophies

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Herve Renard, who will lead Ivory Coast in Sunday’s African Nations Cup final against Ghana, once collected rubbish for a living and is now in the business of picking up trophies.

The dashing 46-year-old Frenchman, who wears a trademark tight white shirt on the bench, could become the first coach to win the trophy with two countries.

Feb 7, 2015

Soccer-Coach Grant makes whirlwind start for Ghana

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Avram Grant, coach of African Nations Cup finalists Ghana, has made a whirlwind start to his new job.

The Israeli was among a handful of high-profile candidates shortlisted to take over after the sacking of coach Kwesi Appiah in September.

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) РViolent 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.