African Cup of Nations review: Nigeria crowned kings of the continent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The African Cup of Nations came to a dramatic close on Sunday, with Nigeria ending a 19-year drought at the competition to lift the winner's trophy for the third time in their history with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Burkina Faso.
Mali vs Ghana AFCON 2013 Highlights 3-1 Samassa Keita Asamoah Diarra Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Mali vs Ghana AFCON 2013 Highlights 3-1 Samassa Keita Asamoah Diarra Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Mali vs Ghana 2013 ( Mali Ghana VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Mali vs Ghana 3-1 ( Samassa, Keita, Diarra/ Asamoah) Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth- 9 February, 2013- [.
As we posted to the tumblr yesterday morning, there were at least 10 international matches of interest yesterday, ranging from the Africa Cup of Nations semifinals in the morning, to a bunch of international friendlies in mid-afternoon, and capped off by the 1st three Hex matches.
Here's a roundup of various match notes and observations from the CultFootball crew:
The twoAfrica Cup of Nations semifinals: I put on the first semifinal, Mali vs Nigeria, midway thru the 1st half, and quickly saw Nigeria go up 3-0 within the span of 20 minutes.
Ghana disappointed again. Granted, they have not looked good in the tournament, and were lucky not to be eliminated by Cape Verde, but they remained favourites against Burkina Faso, who had never made it to a final before. As two years ago, penalty kicks in South Africa proved to be Ghana's doom, and just as Ivory Coast, Ghana must start to consider whether they are also a version of "old Spain",
In 2005 I was in Ghana when the Black Stars defeated Cape Verde 4-0, and with that result qualified for their first World Cup. Today, I wore my Ghana shirt as I watched Ghana take on a Cape Verde side that has surprised everyone in this their first Africa Cup of Nations. Ghana were obviously favourites against the first-timers, but this could not be seen.
With the time difference I have not had much chance to watch the Africa Cup of Nations. A couple of days ago I saw Nigeria's two penalty victory against Ethiopia in Group C that put the giants in the next round. Nigeria is eager for a success that has eluded the African giants for years, but their team is not looking that strong.
Niger vs Ghana 0-3 AFCON 2013 Highlights Gyan Boye Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Niger vs Ghana 0-3 AFCON 2013 Highlights Gyan Boye Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Niger vs Ghana 2013 ( Niger Ghana VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Niger vs Ghana 0-3 ( Gyan, Atsu, Boye) Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth- AFCON 2013 Group B- 28 Jan, [.
I have unfortunately not had much chance of watching the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. Not just because I miss the vuvuzelas, but also because of the great teams playing! A few days ago I managed to watch a shaky Ivory Coast side defeat Togo 2-1 on a late goal by Gervinho. While Togo had deserved better, the Ivorians must surely up their game if they are not to be disappointed
Ghana vs Mali 2013 Highlights Africa Cup of Nations 1-0 Mubarak Penalty Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Ghana vs Mali 2013 Highlights Africa Cup of Nations 1-0 Mubarak Penalty Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Ghana vs Mali 2013 ( Ghana Mali VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Ghana vs Mali 1-0 ( Wakaso Mubarak pen) Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth- AFCON Group B- 24 [.
Capturing the nature of the African Cup of Nations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The African Cup of Nations has kicked off and even though Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, etc. are being touted as the usual favourites. But the nature of the competition is such that any of the participants can pull off a shock win.
Ghana vs Tunisia 4-2 Highlights Friendly 2013 Jemaa Boye Wakaso Gyan Adomah Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Ghana vs Tunisia 4-2 Highlights Friendly 2013 Jemaa Boye Wakaso Gyan Adomah Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Ghana vs Tunisia 2013 ( Ghana Tunisie Friendly VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Ghana vs Tunisia 4-2 ( Boye, Wakaso, Gyan, Adomah/ Jemaa*2) Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi- International [.
'La Furia Roja' are preparing to face Uruguay in a friendly tomorrow, and naturally, the location of choice is Qatar (aka the 'hotspot' of choice for European teams now) after the local government paid US$4million to switch the location from Portugal to the Middle East.
Burkina Faso has made it to the semifinal of the Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Togo in extra time on a goal by the Rennes player Jonathan Pitroipa. They will now face their southern neighbours and huge favourites, Ghana. But Ghana has been unconvincing, and that will surely give the Burkinabe's hope that they can create a surprise and make it to the final, while Ghana must surely improve
Comienza en Sudáfrica la 29na edición de la Copa Africana de Naciones . La competencia se disputará del 19 de enero al 10 de febrero Johannesburgo, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit y Rustenburg. En este torneo resaltaran las ausencias de Egipto, Camerún y Senegal. La Copa Africana de Naciones se juega desde 1957 con una periodicidad de 2 años.
With the Africa Cup of Nations 2013 almost here I thought I'd take a look at the players who make up the sixteen squads taking part in the competition. Some of the graphics are interactive, so feel free to have a click around.
The above graphic was made with infogr.am and the data came from the ever reliable wikipedia.
"I'm sure that when the knockout stage starts it will be as good as ever," claimed Eurosport's Dan O'Hagan. Sadly, the knockout stages in recent competitions have been consistently disappointing. And this year's quarter-finals were, mostly, as "good" as ever.
Ghana 2 Cape Verde 0
Even by the low standards of this AFCON, the first half in Port Elizabeth was a ghastly affair.
A plucky Cape Verde held off Ghana for nearly an hour before substituteMubarak Wakaso scored the first of his two goals from the spot to give his squad a 2-0 victory in Saturday's African Nations Cupquarterfinal match.
Wakaso, who came on the 47th minute, scored seven minutes later from the penalty spot.
Ghana vs Cape Verde CAN 2013 Highlights 2-0 Wakaso Mubarak Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Ghana vs Cape Verde CAN 2013 Highlights 2-0 Wakaso Mubarak Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Ghana vs Cape Verde 2013 ( Ghana Cap Vert VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Ghana vs Cape Verde 2-0 ( Wakaso Mubarak*2) Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth- African Cup of [.
Sebastian Svard – Denmark (Ghana), 2000-2005, 3 games, 0 goals
Whilst many young Gunners arrive at the club with an enormous promise and buckets of potential, few are signed with reputations as burgeoning as Svard. Bought in November 2000 from FC Kobenhavn's reserve side, Kjobenhavns Boldklub, the youngster had impressed Arsene Wenger after accomplished performances for Denmark's youth teams.
The Arsenal right back Carl Jenkinson has pledged his international career to England, despite having appeared for Finland at under 19 and under 21 levels. He is waiting for FIFA clearance, but he could have a long wait if the case of Emmanuel Frimpong is anything to go by.
20-year old Frimpong played for England at under 16 and under 17 level, but decided to pledge his future to the Ghana national team.
Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is doing brilliantly, if his intention is to alienate people and make as many enemies as possible that is. Arsenal and France defender Laurent Koscielny has become the latest person to join the LSFC (Luis Suarez Fan Club) after he was asked about his favourite and least favourite players by the French newspaper, L'Equipe.
While most Arsenal players were in action in the World Cup Qualifiers this week, there was also the small matter of the Qualifying rounds for the African Nations Cup going on in the African continent.
We all know that Gervinho's Ivory Coast team didn't even get to the end of the match thanks to the rioting Senegal fans, but it seems certain that the result will stand and the Ivorians will be confirmed participants in January's competition.
The 29th Africa Cup of Nations is just a few days away, and reigning underdog champs Zambia will try to fend off the likes of Ghana, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast.
The hotly tipped Ghana side will be led from the front by captain Asamoah Gyan, but you probably won't see the former Sunderland and Udinese striker stepping up from 12 yards if the Black Stars are awarded a penalty.
Three, belated cheers for the French girls, who finally got to celebrate at the end of a tournament, instead of bawling like babies, the poor things. It took penalty shots, as you probably already know, but, according to captain Sandie Toletti, the "football gods were with them.
Congratulations to the French U-17 Women's Team for winning the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan today. After a nail-biting 1-1 draw with the North Korean girls, the match went into penalties and the French girls won it 7-6. Félicitations! France won four, drew two, and lost none of their six matches, a record which underlined their position as worthy winners of the tournament.
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The French side moves forward into the Women's World Cup finals, courtesy of two goals by Kadidiatou Diani and a short-sided Ghana squad, with power forward Jane Ayieyam sent off early in the second half, racking up two yellows in quick succession.
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The Confederation of African Football U-20 Championship completed Saturday with Egypt beating Ghana 6-5 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw through regulation.
That result places Ghana in Group A with the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team, France and Spain. FIFA held the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup draw on March 25 in Istanbul, Turkey, the location for two of the USA's group matches in the even.
Ghana substitute Mubarak Wakaso scored two goals to give his side a 2-0 win over Cape Verde in the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations and goalkeeper Fatau Dauda was understandably happy about this. But if you were planning on sleeping ever again, you might not want to watch the video above of Dauda's celebration.
The bods over at Puma sent us these African Cup of Nations 2013 videos this morn, and we thought we'd share as they're good for whistle wettin' ahead of the tournament starting up in South Africa tomorrow.
It's a mixed bag so feel free to watch as many as you like in whichever order you fancy.
Ghana vs Egypt 2013 Friendly Highlights Black Stars 3-0 Agyemang-Badu Boakye Gyan Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Ghana vs Egypt 2013 Friendly Highlights Black Stars 3-0 Agyemang-Badu Boakye Gyan Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Ghana vs Egypt 2013 ( Black Stars Egypt VIDEO BELOW) Final score/result:- Ghana vs Egypt 3-0 ( Agyemang-Badu, Boakye, Gyan) International friendly- 10 January, 2013- 17.