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African Cup of Nations 2008 – Ghana

African Cup of Nations – Ghana 2008

Teams ¦ Group A ¦ Group B ¦ Group C ¦ Group D

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Drogba linked again with a move away from Chelsea, could Mourinho hold the key?

Rumours continue to persist over the future of Chelsea’s Ivorian striker Didier Drogba after reports surfaced in Italy quoting the striker as saying he sees his future away from the Premiership. However, the most likely factor in Drogba’s long term thinking may be his mentor and former manager Jose Mourinho.
by Walter Townsend on Wednesday, 6th February 2008
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Manucho Man Utd’s Man?

After his surprise transfer to Manchester United this winter could Angolan born forward Mancuho be the answer to the striking problems that some have perceived at Old Trafford this season?
by Walter Townsend on Tuesday, 5th February 2008
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Top of the table Inter face stern Udinese test; Udinese-Inter Milan Preview

Serie A League leaders Inter Milan travel to Udinese to meet the side placed in 5th just outside the Champions League places. Udinese though can be rightly considered as one of Inter’s hardest opponents in the last 18 months with Inter being forced to settle for three draws in their last 3 matches with the side from the Stadio Friuli.
by Walter Townsend on Friday, 25th January 2008
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Guinea’s win leaves Morocco on the edge

Guinea’s narrow 3-2 victory over Morocco leaves the Atlas Lions in a predicament potentially needing a victory over hosts Ghana in their final game. After Morocco got their tournament off to a flying start thanks to a 5-1 win over Namibia in the first game they came back to earth with a bump after they slumped to this loss in the second game. Morocco were unable to profit from Guinea loosing their captain Pascal Feindouno after he was sent off in the second half with their final ball into the box letting them down too often.
by Walter Townsend on Friday, 25th January 2008
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Tunisia and Senegal struggle for cohesion

In their opening Group D match Tunisia and Senegal both struggled to find any form of cohesion as they cancelled each other out with a 2-2 draw. Both teams will acknowledge that they need to improve before the remainder of their games in the toughest to predict of the groups. Both Tunisia and Senegal are viewed, rightly when one considers their available resources, as potential winners of the tournament, but will have to buck their ideas up if they want to progress.
by Walter Townsend on Thursday, 24th January 2008
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Egypt announce arrival in Ghana

Defending Champions and record winners of the African Cup of Nations Egypt announced their arrival on the stage of the 2008 edition of the tournament with a resounding win over main rivals for Group C, Cameroon. The Pharaohs, who haven’t been considered amongst the favourites for glory, showed with their 4-2 victory over Cameroon with Samuel Eto’o in the team, that their threat shouldn’t be dismissed lightly.
by Walter Townsend on Wednesday, 23rd January 2008
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Nigeria struggle to justify favourites tag

Yesterday’s disappointing defeat to the Ivory Coast in Nigeria’s opening game in Group B underlined several of Nigeria’s deficiencies, most notably their inability to supply any worthwhile service to their frontline. The Nigerian defeat leaves them requiring a win against Mali if they are to retain hopes of keeping qualification in their own hands.
by Walter Townsend on Tuesday, 22nd January 2008
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African Cup of Nations – Sudan Preview

One time winners of the Cup of Nations Sudan also known as Desert Hawks have not featured in this tournament since 1976; they’ll be hoping to impress with arguably the best group of players they’ve ever had. Their squad is mainly made up of players from Sudanese teams Al Hilal and Al Merreikh who have performed admirably in recent times.
by James on Saturday, 19th January 2008
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African Cup of Nations Zambia Preview

Frequent participants of the African Cup of Nations Zambia are unlikely to make much of an impact on this edition of the tournament. Zambia have put together a young team that retains a core of the side that played two seasons ago but failed to qualify from the group stages. However, they are missing several of their most influential players such as German based pair Andrew Sinkala and Moses Sichone.
by Walter Townsend on Friday, 18th January 2008
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African Cup of Nations – Namibia Preview

Namibia came through the easiest of qualification groups and head to their second Cup Of Nations in some turmoil with their coach having resigned through illness in December. Last time out they caused a real goal rush scoring 7 and conceding 11, will there be more of the same this time round?
by James on Thursday, 17th January 2008
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African Cup of Nations Egypt Preview

The defending Champions of the African Cup of Nations may find they have their work cut out if they are to retain the trophy won on home soil in 2006. Bereft of several of their key players including star striker Mido as well as midfielder Mohamed Barakat, an influential midfielder, some feel that Egypt may have turned their attention to the longer term
by Walter Townsend on Thursday, 17th January 2008
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African Cup of Nations – Nigeria

If the FIFA rankings are to be believed Nigeria are the strongest team in Africa. Currently ranked 19th in the listing made by FIFA, 6 places ahead of Cameroon on the global list, 19 ahead of the Ivory Coast and a full 24 in front of the hosts Ghana, Nigeria therefore should be considered as red hot favourites for the forthcoming African Cup of Nations. Whilst the squad is packed full of quality players including several potent strikers the balance of the side doesn’t look quite right and for that reason Nigeria haven’t been seldom placed in the category of tournament favourites in the way that the Ivory Coast, Ghana or Cameroon have.
by Walter Townsend on Wednesday, 16th January 2008
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African Nations Cup Tunisia Preview

One of the most consistent sides in Africa, Tunisia may find that they face an uphill battle in this edition of the African Cup of Nations despite the appointment of experienced French manager Roger Lemerre. Winners of the tournament in 2004 when it was held on home soil plus qualification for the last three World Cups has ensured that Tunisia are often viewed as the favourites, certainly from the North African contingent.
by Walter Townsend on Tuesday, 15th January 2008
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African Cup of Nations Ghana Preview

The hosts of the forthcoming African Cup of Nations for 2008 will have all the pressure as they look to become African Champions for the fifth time. Without doubt Ghana possesses one of the strongest teams in the tournament comprised largely of the top domestic players allied with some of the best known African players under contract to European clubs.
by Walter Townsend on Monday, 14th January 2008
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African Cup of Nations – Cameroon Preview

The Indomitable Lions are historically one of the strongest sides in African Football having won Olympic gold, 4 African Nations Cups and reaching the World Cup Quarter Final in 1990. Their squad boasts stars based all over Europe and in Samuel Eto’o they have one of the best forwards in World Football. If Eto’o remains injury free Cameroon could really flourish…
by James on Sunday, 13th January 2008
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African Cup of Nations – Senegal Preview

Although often considered here in the UK as one of the pre-eminent African sides, on their own continent Senegal are seen as traditional under-achievers. One of the biggest footballing sides from African never to have won the African Cup of Nations the best they have managed is a second place in 2002. However, the UK opinion of the team is one based largely on their performance in the Japan/Korea World Cup and the number of Senegalese players, who ended up playing their trade in England as a result.
by Walter Townsend on Friday, 11th January 2008
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African Nations Cup – Morocco Preview

After a generally disappointing start to the new century Morocco are hoping that a change of management can reverse a largely downward trend despite a surprise appearance in the final of the African Cup of Nations in 2004, when they finished as runners-up to hosts Tunisia.
by Walter Townsend on Thursday, 10th January 2008
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African Nations Cup – Mali Preview

Mali come into their first African Cup of Nations since 2004 after surprisingly failing to qualify for the tournament in 2006. Whilst Mali may not possess riches to compare with the Ivory Coast, for instance, they have several European based players including Fredi Kanoute at Sevilla and Mahamadou Diarra at Real Madrid.
by Walter Townsend on Wednesday, 9th January 2008
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African Nations Cup – Guinea Preview

Guinea represent a decent outside bet for the forthcoming African Cup of Nations with a side made up mainly of players based in Europe with many of them having come through various youth systems at French clubs. Having reached the quarter finals in the last two editions of the tournament Guinea will be hoping to reach at least the semi’s with a strong defensive unit and a well-balanced attack.
by Walter Townsend on Tuesday, 8th January 2008
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African Nations Cup – South Africa Preview

Gone are the days when South Africa had one of the finest teams on the continent after they qualified for the World Cup in both 1998 and 2002 and won the African Cup of Nations held in 1996, rising as high as 16th in the FIFA Rankings in August 1996 in the process. Recent steady decline saw them miss out on qualification for Germany 2006, which followed up two successive departures from the 2004 and 2006 African Cup of Nations at the first hurdle. Something needed to be done and the relatively young squad submitted for the tournament is a response to this.
by Walter Townsend on Monday, 7th January 2008
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