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Jan 25, 2015

Ivory Coast stare down barrel of bitter history

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.

Jan 24, 2015

Gyan not yet over malaria as he savours vital goal

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is not yet over a bout of malaria but a dramatic last-gasp goal after he got out of his sick bed has revived his country’s hopes at the African Nations Cup.

“It’s a really bad disease, it really takes everything out of you. I still feel weak and I was in hospital last week and missed our first game,” Gyan said on Saturday.

Jan 24, 2015

Soccer-Gyan not yet over malaria as he savours vital goal

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is not yet over a bout of malaria but a dramatic last-gasp goal after he got out of his sick bed has revived his country’s hopes at the African Nations Cup.

“It’s a really bad disease, it really takes everything out of you. I still feel weak and I was in hospital last week and missed our first game,” Gyan said on Saturday.

Jan 23, 2015

Senegal go top after comeback draw with South Africa

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Senegal inched closer to an African Nations Cup quarter-final place after a 1-1 draw with South Africa put them top of Group C on Friday.

Kara Mbodji’s equaliser on the hour at the Estadio de Mongomo left Senegal needing only a draw in their last group game against Algeria in Malabo to advance.

Jan 23, 2015

Algeria and Senegal bid to book last eight slots

MONGOMO (Reuters) – Algeria and Senegal can book quarter-final spots at the African Nations Cup with their second successive Group C victories when they face Ghana and South Africa respectively on Friday.

Both countries came from behind to win their opening encounters on Monday and set themselves up for early qualification to the knockout stage. Algeria, the top ranked team on the continent, take on Ghana in the first match of the double-header feature at Estadio de Mongomo, followed by Senegal’s clash with the South Africans. The group started with Senegal beating Ghana 2-1 with the last kick of the game and South Africa scoring an own goal, making a horrendous goalkeeping error and missing a penalty as they went down 3-1 to Algeria.

Jan 23, 2015

Soccer-Algeria and Senegal bid to book last eight slots

MONGOMO, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Algeria and Senegal can book quarter-final spots at the African Nations Cup with their second successive Group C victories when they face Ghana and South Africa respectively on Friday.

Both countries came from behind to win their opening encounters on Monday and set themselves up for early qualification to the knockout stage.

Jan 22, 2015

Veteran goalkeeper saves the day for DR Congo

EBIBEYIN, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Key saves in the final five minutes by the Democratic Republic of Congo goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba kept his side’s goal intact and ensured a goalless draw with Cape Verde in the African Nations Cup on Thursday.

Kidiaba, who turns 39 next month and is the oldest player at the tournament, made a double save in the 85th minute to deny Cape Verde the best chance of a bland match and then again two minutes later from Heldon’s shot.

Jan 22, 2015

Cape Verde seek to stay on course for success

EBEBIYIN, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Cape Verde, the smallest country to ever compete in the African Nations Cup, will seek to take a step towards the quarter-finals when they play the Democratic Republic of Congo in one of two Group B games on Thursday.

Tunisia and Zambia start the day’s proceedings at the 5,000-capacity stadium in the small border town in Equatorial Guinea.

Jan 21, 2015

Congo victory throws Group A wide open

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) – Congo captain Prince Oniangue threw open the permutations in Group A at the African Nations Cup in Bata on Wednesday with the only goal of the game as Congo upset Gabon 1-0 to go top of the standings.

His goal shortly after halftime ensured a win for the first time in more than 40 years at the finals for Congo, who are now on four points.

Jan 21, 2015

Soccer-Ghana’s Appiah to keep an eye on Cambridge FA cup hopes

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Ghana striker Kwesi Appiah will likely be in the stadium at the African Nations Cup on Friday when his former team Cambridge United face Manchester United but he will try to find out the score.

Ghana take on Algeria in Group C at the Estadio Mongomo a few hours before the English League Two (fourth tier) club, where he has just completed a loan spell from Crystal Palace, host giants United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.