Posts tagged: Africa Cup of Nations

Africa’s hopes blighted by poor planning

Africa’s World Cup teams are in trouble. Nigeria and Ivory Coast both sacked their coaches after disappointing performances in the Africa Cup of Nations. Cameroon didn’t sack Paul Le Guen but the team’s tepid performance in Angola hardly augured well for South Africa. Algeria reached the semi-finals but their complete loss of discipline in their [...]

Throwing the Beninois baby out with the bathwater

Some countries react to bad results by sacking the coach. For Benin’s FA that wasn’t enough: Benin have sacked their entire coaching and playing staff following last month’s Africa Cup of Nations. In a statement, the country’s football association cited indiscipline and unpatriotism in Angola as the reason for dissolution of the national team. I have [...]

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Why Africa wasn’t watching the Africa Cup of Nations

On Sunday night we decided to go to the pub to watch the final of the Africa Cup of Nations. There are dozens of bars in Nairobi with big screens which show football. How hard could it be to find one showing Africa’s biggest football match? As it turned out, pretty much impossible. Ghana versus [...]

A few good links

The BBC’s Piers Edwards takes CAF to task for the stupidest decision by a sports association since… No, I can’t think of anything dumber: the decision by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to expel Togo from the next two Africa Cup of Nations – following their Angola 2010 withdrawal after their team bus was machine-gunned (with two [...]

Algeria’s revenge

Algeria should have been the first African team to reach the second round of a World Cup. In 1982 they recorded a famous victory, beating West Germany 2-1. They went on to lose their second match to Austria but recovered to beat Chile 3-2. Algeria were on the brink of qualification but had to wait [...]

A few good links

Al Jazeera on Luanda’s “Stadium of Vanity”: “People say this money should be spent in social areas because we have so much poverty. But the Cup is to show foreign people that we can do things nice even though we have had times of war. It is for the pride of the Angolan people. It is how we [...]

Africa Cup of Nations: What we’ve learnt so far

The favourites could be knocked out in the first round Ivory Coast are in trouble. Togo’s disqualification/withdrawal (see below) has left Group B with just three teams. Ivory Coast, the tournament favourites, drew their opening match with Burkina Faso meaning they need to beat Ghana tomorrow to guarantee a place in the quarter-finals. Anything less [...]