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2015 AFCON: REVIEW OF ALL THE GROUPS

2015 AFCON: REVIEW OF ALL THE GROUPS

Group A:
EAGLES REVIVE AFCON RACE
Nigeria avenged their defeat in Sudan last week by beating them 3-1 in Abuja.

The victory gave the Super Eagles their first group points and keeps alive their hopes of making a recovery from their disastrous start which has left the African champions at risk of failing to qualify to defend their title.

Ahmed Musa’s goal opening goal just after half-time should have settled the nerves of Stephen Keshi’s side but they were pegged back by Salah Ibrahim.

Nigeria regained the lead through Aaron Samuel Olanare and Guinea’s challenge was finally seen off when Musa scored his second of the match.

The result lifts Nigeria off the foot of the table but South Africa remain on top of the group after they were forced to a goalless draw by DR Congo whom they defeated 2-0 in Point Noire last week.
Group A Standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
S/Africa 4 2 2 0 5 0 +5 8
Congo 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7
Nigeria 4 1 1 2 5 5 0 4
Sudan 4 1 0 3 2 8 −6 3

Group B
ETHIOPIA SHOCK MALI
–Algeria seal AFCON ticket

Despite playing the last 30 minutes with 10 men Ethiopia avenged their loss on Saturday at home to Mali with a surprise 3-2 win in Bamako.

Bakary Sako, who plays in the English Championship, gave the hosts the lead after 32 minutes but that was cancelled out just four minutes later by Egypt-based Oumed Oukri.

Getaneh Kebede was hero and villain for Ethiopia – first giving his side the lead on the stroke of half-time but the getting himself sent off 12 minutes after the break.

Mali made the extra man tell and equalised through Mohamed Yatabare with 20 minutes left to play, but in the final minute defender Abebaw Butako scored to give his side a vital three points.
Algeria qualified for the finals in Morocco after whitewashing visiting Malawi.

Group B Standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Algeria 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9
Mali 4 2 0 2 6 4 +2 6
Malawi 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
Ethiopia 4 1 0 3 6 9 −3 3

GROUP C
ANGOLA BACK ON TRACK
Angola thumped Lesotho 4-0 to lift themselves off the foot of the table.

The hosts struck after only two minutes through Bastos and Papel made it 2-0 before the break. Lesotho contributed to their own downfall when Tsoanelo Koetle put through his own net and the rout was complete when Love hit a fourth on 57 minutes.

Gabon held Burkina Faso to a 1-1 draw to remain top of the group with eight points.A win would have move them a step closer to Morocco 2015.

Group C Standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Gabon 4 2 2 0 5 2 +3 8
B/Faso 4 2 1 1 6 3 +3 7
Angola 4 1 1 2 4 4 0 4
Lesotho 4 0 2 2 1 7 −6 2

Group D
CAMEROUN ON VERGE OF QUALIFICATION

Cameroon took a huge step towards qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-0 victory over Sierra Leone on Wednesday.

Leonard Kweuke opened the scoring for the Indomitable Lions after only four minutes and Stephane Mbia added the second three minutes later.

That proved enough for Cameroon to bounce back from being held to a 0-0 draw when the sides met last Saturday.

The win for Cameroon meant they and Ivory Coast would have qualified for the finals if the Elephants had overcome visiting DR Congo Instead there was a shock 4-3 defeat for Ivory Coast, just their second home defeat in 52 qualifiers, at the hands of DR Congo in the other Group D encounter.

Wednesday’s qualifiers Neeskens Kebano got on the end of a pass from Chancel Memba to give the visitors the lead after 21 minutes.

Just four minutes later through Yaya Toure, but two goals in as many minutes before half-time from Junior Kabananga and then Jeremy Bokila put DR Congo in control at 3-1.

The Elephants looked like they were out of the game moments into the second half when Franck Kessie was shown a straight red card.

However Salomon Kalou then scored two superb goals in a three minute spell to level the scores.

The final twist came in the 89th minute when Bokila grabbed his second of the game and seal a shock three points for DR Congo.

The results mean Cameroon are top of Group D with 10 points, Ivory Coast and DR Congo are both on six with Sierra Leone bottom 5 points adrift.

Under the Confederation of African Football’s regulations DR Congo are above Ivory Coast as they have scored more away goals in the matches involving the two nations.

Group D Standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Cameroon 4 3 1 0 8 1 +7 10
DR Congo 4 2 0 2 7 7 0 6
CIV 4 2 0 2 8 10 −2 6
S/Leone 4 0 1 3 1 6 V−5 1

Group E
GHANA TAKE CONTROL
-Edge Guinea in Tamale to remain top
Ghana took control of a tight Group E by beating Guinea 3-1.

The Black Stars, who are being led by caretaker coach Maxwell Konadu while a new permanent boss is sought, opened up a two-point lead at the summit but were forced to fight hard to do it.
Asamoah Gyan opened the scoring for the hosts in Tamale but Guinea hit back through Ibrahim Yattara before half-time.

An Andre Ayew penalty restored Ghana’s lead after the interval and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu scored a third deep into injury time.

The win revives the Black Stars’ campaign after they were held 1-1 in Guinea last weekend.
Earlier in the group, Togo beat Uganda 1-0 to complete a double over them having on Saturday inflicted them to their first home defeat in 10 years.

Defender Serge Akakpo headed home the only goal, who gave advancing Uganda goalkeeper Dennis Onyango no chance with the slightest of touches from Serge Gakpe’s free-kick.
Uganda’s best chance fell to substitute Brian Majwega who fired wide with only the goalkeeper to beat early in the second half.

“We were punished by one chance just like in Kampala and failed to take our chance,” Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic said after the game.

Togo’s captain Emmanuel Adebayor also spoke after the match: “I am happy that we have won this crucial match.

“And I am happy that other players including defenders are now getting scoring opportunities to score for the team.”

The win briefly moved Togo from bottom to top of the table, until Ghana pushed them into second place.

Group E Standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Ghana 4 2 2 0 8 5 +3 8
Togo 4 2 0 2 5 5 0 6
Uganda 4 1 1 2 3 3 0 4
Guinea 4 1 1 2 4 7 −3 4

Group F
CAPE VERDE IN-CHARGE
Cape Verde took control of Group F with a 1-0 win over visitors Mozambique.
Heldon, who plays for Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, grabbed the only goal of the game in Praia with 15 minutes left to play.

Earlier 2012 African champions Zambia ended a three-match winless run by brushing aside Niger 3-0 in their Group F match in Niamey.

Rainford Kalaba struck the first goal of the game, Emmanuel Mayuka added a second and goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene wrapped things up from the penalty spot.

The results mean Cape Verde stay top of the group on 9 points, Zambia and Mozambique both have five points while Niger have just two.

Group F Standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Cape Verde 4 3 0 1 6 4 +2 9
Zambia 4 1 2 1 4 2 +2 5
Mozambique 4 1 2 1 3 2 +1 5
Niger 4 0 2 2 2 7 −5 2

Group G
EGYPT BACK IN THE HUNT
Seven-time title-holders Egypt claimed a second consecutive 2-0 win over Botswana in Cairo to keep in the hunt for a place at January’s finals in Morocco.
After a goalless first half Amr Gamal opened the scoring for the Pharaoh’s in the 52nd minute.
Chelsea forward Mohamed Salah was then on target with his second in as many games for Egypt.
Group G Standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Tunisia 4 3 1 0 4 1 +3 10
Senegal 4 2 1 1 4 1 +3 7
Egypt 4 2 0 2 4 3 +1 6
Botswana 4 0 0 4 1 8 −7 0

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