Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

The Africa Cup of Nations will take place in Equatorial Guinea in January, and the last qualifying matches took place today. One major surprise is that the defending champions from Nigeria failed to qualify: they needed to win at home, but only managed to draw 2-2 against South Africa. As Congo beat Sudan 0-1, they follow the Bafana Bafana to Equatorial Guinea. It will be great to have South Africa back among the best in Africa, although it is disappointing to see Nigeria out; the team was again hit by allegations of corruption and conflict prior to the match, and changes may be coming.
Another of the great African sides will not be there: A disappointing Egypt had already been eliminated before losing their final match to Tunisia, who won the group ahead of Senegal. In the meantime, the splendid Algeria that thrilled all of us at the World Cup lost 2-0 to Mali, but had already booked their place, while Mali will follow the North Africans with their victory. The giants Ivory Coast and Cameroon both made it to the finals by tying 0-0, while Ghana sealed their qualification with a 3-1 victory over Togo. In Ghana's group Guinea took the second spot by defeating Uganda 2-0. They were playing in Morocco because of the Ebola epidemic in Guinea. The same Morocco who forsook the tournament because of Ebola....
All in all, these are the 16 great sides that will compete in Equatorial Guinea:
  • Equatorial Guinea: the hosts
  • South Africa
  • Congo
  • Algeria
  • Mali
  • Gabon
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Ivory Coast
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Cape Verde
  • Zambia
  • Tunisia
  • Senegal
  • DR Congo
It could be a great tournament, hopefully not to be overshadowed by fear of Ebola, where big European clubs will not let their players join because of pure ignorance.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi E
Looking forward for the African cup - will be interesting to see if Ghana can finally make it.
Also it is interesting to follow Cape Verde, who seems to have had a strong qualification - can they follow up on the quaterfinal from last time.

very good stuff ahead