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Feb 7, 2015

No case of family revenge for Ghana’s Ayew brothers

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Feb 7 (Reuters) – - Andre Ayew wasted no time on Saturday rebuffing any talk of revenge on behalf of his father when he plays for Ghana against the Ivory Coast in Sunday’s African Nations Cup final.

The storyline of French-based Ayew brothers Andre and Jordan winning the title which eluded their father Abedi Pele when the two countries last met in the final, in 1992, was probed by reporters.

Feb 7, 2015

Soccer-No case of family revenge for Ghana’s Ayew brothers

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Andre Ayew wasted no time on Saturday rebuffing any talk of revenge on behalf of his father when he plays for Ghana against the Ivory Coast in Sunday’s African Nations Cup final.

The storyline of French-based Ayew brothers Andre and Jordan winning the title which eluded their father Abedi Pele when the two countries last met in the final, in 1992, was probed by reporters.

Feb 7, 2015

Expect quality Nations Cup final, says Grant

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Feb 7 (Reuters) – – Ghana coach Avram Grant predicted a quality African Nations Cup final on Sunday when his side take on neighbours Ivory Coast in one of the continent’s age-old rivalries.

“We have seen quality players and quality football through this tournament but we can expect even more. There are a lot of good players in both line-ups and I think because of that we can expect a quality final,” Grant told reporters on Saturday.

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.