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Jan 30, 2015

Hosts Equatorial Guinea seek to feed off crowd energy

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Equatorial Guinea are hoping to again feed off the fervent home support in Saturday’s African Nations Cup quarter-final against Tunisia but feel they are also able to compete as equals, captain Emilio Nsue said on Friday.

“We’ll have a 12th player at the game and that is going to be difficult for Tunisia. But we also know a lot about them and I think we can play well against them,” the Middlesbrough player told reporters.

Jan 28, 2015

Analysis – Foggy outlook on potential Nations Cup winners

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea (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.

Jan 28, 2015

Soccer-Foggy outlook on potential Nations Cup winners

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.

Jan 28, 2015

Mali, Guinea face long night before draw lottery

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.

Jan 28, 2015

Mali and Guinea face ultimate lottery

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.

Jan 27, 2015

Ghana, Algeria advance to Nations Cup quarter-finals

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.

Jan 27, 2015

Ayew leads Ghana into Nations Cup last eight

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.

Jan 27, 2015

Africa solidly behind Blatter, officials say

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.

Jan 26, 2015

DR Congo squeeze into Nations Cup quarter-finals

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.

Jan 26, 2015

Equatorial Guinea success flies in face of convention

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.