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The draw for the 2008 Nations Cup has taken place

Hosts Ghana will play Guinea in the opening match of the 2008 African Nations Cup finals.

Ghana were placed in Group A in Accra with Guinea, Morocco and Namibia in Friday's draw.

"We are delighted to get the opening game, it will make for a compelling start," Guinea coach Robert Nouzaret told reporters.

"It will serve as a major motivation for my players."

Holders Egypt's hopes of a record sixth title will be tested by Cameroon, Sudan and Zambia in Group C.

Nigeria and Ivory Coast were paired in Group B along with Benin and Mali, meaning Berti Vogts (Nigeria) will be up against fellow German coach Uli Stielike (Ivory Coast).

Group B was due to be staged in Tamale in the north of Ghana but Confederation of African Football (CAF) general secretary Mustapha Fahmy said the venue was being moved to Sekondi which is nearer the Ghana-Ivorian border.

CAF said they were able to change venues to attract more fans.

Tunisia, winners in 2004, are up against Angola, Senegal and 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa in Group D.

"I think the groups are all very well balanced and there is plenty of scope for surprises," said Henryk Kasperczak, the Polish-born coach of Senegal.

The draw was conducted by three-times African Footballer of the Year Abedi Pele and former France World Cup winner Marcel Desailly, born in Ghana.

The tournament starts on 20 January.


GROUP A (in Accra)
Ghana
Namibia
Guinea
Morocco

GROUP B (in Sekondi)
Nigeria
Benin
Mali
Ivory Coast

GROUP C (in Kumasi)
Egypt
Sudan
Zambia
Cameroon

GROUP D (in Tamale)
Tunisia
Angola
South Africa
Senegal​




source: BBC Football
 

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Zambia 28 names pre-list (Group C):
Goalkeepers : Kalililo Kakonje (Nathi Lions/AFS), Kennedy Mweene (Free State Stars/AFS), Mike Poto (Green Buffaloes)

Defenders : William Chinyama et Rogers Kamwandi (ZESCO Utd), Joseph Musonda et Billy Mwanza (Golden Arrows/AFS), Kampamba Chintu (Free State Stars/AFS), Clive Hachilensa (Mariehamn/FIN), Kennedy Nketani (ZANACO), Moses Sichone (Kickers Offenbach/ALL), Elijah Tana (Al-Merreikh/SUD)

Midfielders : Francis Kasonde et Kennedy Mudenda (Power Dynamos), Ian Bakala (Primeiro Agosto/ANG), Isaac Chansa (Helsingborg/SUE), Rainford Kalaba (ZESCO), Felix Katongo (Petro Atletico/ANG), Clifford Mulenga (Pretoria University/AFS), William Njobvu (Lusaka Dynamos), Andrew Sinkala (Paderborn/ALL)

Strikers : Christopher Katongo (Brondby/DaN), Ignatius Lwipa (ZANACO), Emmanuel Mayuka (Kabwe Warriors), Collins Mbesuma (Bursaspor/TUR), Jacob Mulenga (Strasbourg/FRA), Dube Phiri (Primeiro Agosto/ANG), Felix Sunzu (Konkola Blades).
 

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Nigeria squad list in. No Anichebe in there. On a whole I find this squad pretty mediocre, bar the attack. We must play an attacking formation, because I think that's our major strength at the moment.

Squad:

Goalkeepers:
Austin Ejide (Bastia/FRA), Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei Yehuda/ISR), Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv/ISR)

Defenders:
Rabiu Afolabi (Sochaux/FRA), Danny Shittu (Watford/ENG), Onyekachi Apam (OGC Nice/FRA), Obinna Nwaneri (FC Sion/SWI), Joseph Yobo (Everton/ENG), Ifeanyi Emeghara (Steaua Bucharest/ROM), Kingsley Udoh (Akwa United), Efe Ambrose (Kaduna United), Taye Taiwo (Marseille/FRA)

Midfielders:
Seyi Olofinjana (Wolves/ENG), Dickson Etuhu (Sunderland/ENG), Richard Eromoigbe (Levski Sofia/BUL), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea/ENG), Sani Kaita (Sparta Rotterdam/NED), Onyekachi Okonkwo (FC Zurich/SWI), Yusuf Ayila (Dynamo Kyiv/UKR), Lukman Haruna (Crystal Academy), Rabiu Ibrahim (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Oladapo Olufemi (Boavista/POR)

Strikers:
Nwankwo Kanu, John Utaka (Portsmouth/ENG), Osaze Odemwingie (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS), Mannaseh Ishiaku (MSV Duisburg/GER), Ikechukwu Uche (CF Getafe/SPA), Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Everton/ENG), Ayodele Makinwa (SS Lazio/ITA), Obinna Nsofor (Chievo Verona/ITA), Obafemi Martins (Newcastle/ENG)
 

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Tunisia have called up uncapped midfielder Farid Ben Khalfallah to their preliminary squad for next month's African Nations Cup finals in Ghana.

Coach Roger Lemerre announced a 27-man squad on Wednesday, including the French-born Ben Khallafah and eight players from recently crowned African champions Etoile Sahel.

Ben Khalfallah players for French Ligue 2 club Angers. The other uncapped player in the squad, which will be reduced to 23 ahead of the tournament, is third choice goalkeeper Adel Nefzi.

Tunisia, who won the Nations Cup in 2004, are in Group D with Angola, Senegal and South Africa. The Nations Cup kicks off on Jan. 20.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Hamdi Kasraoui (Esperance), Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile Sahel), Adel Nefzi (Club Africain)

Defenders: Wissem Abdi (Zamalek, EGY), Wissem Bekri (Esperance), Tijani Belaid (Slavia Prague, CZE), Sabeur Ben Frej, Radhouane Felhi, Seif Ghezal (all Etoile Sahel), Karim Hagui (Bayer Leverkusen, GER), Radhi Jaidi (Birmingham City, ENG), David Jemmali (Girondins Bordeaux, FRA), Mehdi Merieh (Etoile Sahel), Chaker Zouaghi (Lokomotiv Moscow, RUS)

Midfielders: Farid Ben Khalfallah (Angers, FRA), Chaouki Ben Saada (Bastia, FRA), Yassine Mikari (Grasshoppers Zurich, SUI), Joahar Mnari (Nuremburg, GER), Mohamed Ali Nafkha (Etoile Sahel), Mehdi Nafti (Birmingham City, ENG), Mejdi Traoui (Etoile Sahel), Kamel Zaiem (Esperance)

Strikers: Amine Chermiti (Etoile Sahel), Yacine Chikhaoui (FC Zurich, SUI), Francileudo dos Santos (Toulouse, FRA), Issam Jomaa (Racing Lens, FRA), Ali Zitouni (Antalyaspor, TUR).
 

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Senegal choose 38-man squad
By Piers Edwards
BBC Sport, Dakar


Senegal coach Henri Kasperczak has named a 38-man preliminary squad for next month's African Cup of Nations finals in Ghana.

Captain El Hadji Diouf heads a squad which includes five players who have never previously been called up by the 61-year-old trainer.

Reading's Ibrahima Sonko is in line for his first Senegalese cap, as is fellow centre-back Ibrahima Khouma Gueye who plays for Red Star Belgrade in Serbia.

Meanwhile, there is a surprise return for left-back Omar Daf, 30, who has not played for the Teranga Lions since Egypt 2006 because of a series of injuries.

The France-based duo of midfielder Kader Mangane and forward Souleymane Camara are the other names called up for the first time under Kasperczak.

The squad lists five goalkeepers as the former Polish international continues his search for a number three behind regular starter Tony Sylva and Cheikh Tidiane Ndiaye.

There is not one domestic-based player on the 38-man list, which must be trimmed to 23 by 10 January.

Senegal open their Group D campaign against Tunisia on 23 January before then facing Angola and South Africa.

Squad:

Goalkeepers:
Kalidou Cissokho (Baki, Azerbaijan), Bouna Coundoul (Colorado Rapids, USA), Cheikh Tidiane Ndiaye (Creteil, France), Issa Ndoye (Zob Ahan, Iran), Tony Sylva (Lille, France)

Defenders:
Habib Bèye (Newcastle, England), Ferdinand Coly (Parma, Italy), Omar Daf (Sochaux, France), Lamine Diatta (Besiktas, Turkey), Souleymane Diawara (Bordeaux, France), Boukhary Dramé (Sochaux, France), Abdoulaye Diagne Faye (Newcastle Utd, England), Ibrahima Faye (Troyes, France), Ibrahima Khouma Guèye (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia), Cheikh Guèye (FC Metz, France), Pascal Mendy (Kaunas FC, Lithuania), Mouhamed Adama Sarr (Standard Liège, Belgium), Ibrahima Sonko (Reading, England)

Midfielders:
Malick Bâ (FC Basel, Switzerland), Pape Bouba Diop (Portsmouth, England), Babacar Guèye (Metz, France), Diomansy Kamara (Fulham, England), Abdel Kader Mangane (RC Lens, France), Frédéric Mendy (Bastia, France), Guirane Ndaw (Sochaux, France), Moussa Ndiaye (UMM Salal Sport Club, Qatar), Pape Waïgo Ndiaye (Genoa, Italy), Ousmane Ndoye (Académica Coimbra, Portugal), Bayal Sall (St Etienne, France), Badara Sène (Sochaux, France), Modou Sougou (União Leiria, Portugal)

Forwards:
Demba Bâ (Hoffenheim, Germany), Henri Camara (West Ham Utd, England), Souleymane Camara (Montpellier, France), El Hadji Diouf (Bolton Wanderers, England), Momar Ndiaye (Metz, France), Mamadou Niang (Marseille, France), Ibrahima Sidibé (Debrecen, Hungary)
 

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Morocco drop Zairi, Moha
in BBC Football

Henri Michel has made some surprise omissions from Morocco's 30-man provisional squad for next month's African Cup of Nations.
Skilful midfielder Jaouad Zairi has been dropped, the 25-year-old, who plays in Greece for Asteras Tripolis, has played for the Atlas Lions at the last two Nations Cup finals.

Also missing from the list are the Espanyol player Mohammed Al Yaacoubi Moha and the FAR Rabat goalkeeper Tarik Al Jarmouni.

Anderlecht striker Mbark Boussoufa is also left, he is currently injured and only due to resume playing for his club after the Belgian league's winter break on 19 January.

Michel has however included the uncapped France-born Adil Rami, who has expressed interest to play for Morocco.

The leading scorer in the Moroccan so far this season, MA Tetouan's Abderrazak El Mnassfi also gets his first call up along with other home-based players Adil Razzaki, Ahmed Elouali Alami and Hicham Al Amrani.

Morocco are due to play friendlies against Zambia in Fes on 12 January and Angola four days later in Rabat.

The Atlas Lions are in Group A for the Nations Cup in Ghana and open their campaign against Namibia on 21 January before games against Guinea and Ghana.

Squad:

Goalkeepers:
Abdelilah Bagui (MAS Fes), Nadir Lamyaghri (Wydad Casablanca), Khalid Fouhami (Raja Casablanca), Adil Razzaki (KAC Kenitra)

Defenders:
Michael Bassir (Nancy, France), Abdessamad Chahiri (Difaa El Jadida), Abdeslem Ouaddou (Valenciennes, France), Amin el Erbate (Dafra, UAE), Jamal Alioui (Sion, Switzerland), Adil Rami (Lille, France), Talal El Karkouri (Al Qatari, Qatar), Hicham El Amrani (Raja Casablanca), Badr El Kadouri (Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine), Hicham Mahdoufi (Metallist,Ukraine), Ahmed Elouali Alami (KAC Kenitra)

Midfielders:
Youssef Safri (Southampton, England), Houcine Kharja (Piacenza, Italy), Abdelkrim Kissi (Enosis Paralimini, Cyprus), Abderrahmane Kabous (CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria), Othman El Assas (Gharra, Qatar), Nouredin Boukhari (Sparta Rotterdam, Holland)

Strikers:
Youssef Hadji (Nancy, France), Youssef Moukhtari (MSV Duisburg, Germany), Hicham Aboucherouane (Esperance, Tunisia), Marouane Chamakh (Bordeaux, France), Soufiane Alloudi (El Ain, UAE), Tarik Sektioui (FC Porto, Portugal), Bouchaib El Moubarki (Grenoble, France), Moncef Zerka (Nancy, France), Abderrazak El Mnassfi (MA Tetouan)
 

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Côte d'Ivoire :

Goalkeepers :
Boubacar Barry (KSC Lokeren/BEL)
Stephane Loboué (Greuther Fürth/ALL)
Tiassé Koné (Africa Sports)


Defenders :
Emmanuel Eboué (Arsenal/ANG)
Kolo Touré (Arsenal/ANG)
Arthur Boka (Stuttgart/ALL)
Constant Djakpa (Pandurii Targu Jiu/ROU)
Steve Gohouri (Borussia Moenchengladbach/ALL)
Abdoulaye Meité (Bolton/ANG)
Marc Zoro (Benfica/POR)

Midfielders :
Koffi Ndri Romaric (Le Mans/FRA)
Siaka Tiené (Saint-Etienne/FRA)
Emerse Faé (Reading/ANG)
Yaya Touré (Barcelone/ESP)
Didier Zokora (Tottenham/ANG)

Strikers :
Bakari Koné (Nice/FRA)
Gervais Yao Kouassi Gervinho (Le Mans/FRA)
Aruna Dindane (Lens/FRA)
Kader Keita (Lyon/FRA)
Salomon Kalou (Chelsea/ANG)
Didier Drogba (Chelsea/ANG)
Arouna Koné (Séville/ESP)
Boubacar Sanogo (Werder Brême/ALL)
 

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GROUP A (in Accra)
Ghana
Namibia
Guinea
Morocco

GROUP B (in Sekondi)
Nigeria
Benin
Mali
Ivory Coast

GROUP C (in Kumasi)
Egypt
Sudan
Zambia
Cameroon

GROUP D (in Tamale)
Tunisia
Angola
South Africa
Senegal
 

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ACN 2008

Official website
http://www.ghanacan2008.com/

Should be a great tournie, too bad McCarthy, Adebayor and Appiah will miss out though.
 

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Cant wait :shades:

btw, Group B is just like the euro group France, Holland, Romania and Italy :pp
 

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Why will Appiah miss out?

Ahh, one of the main reasons to watch it out the window instantly there. Crap!
 

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Morocco(Tarik Sektioui) or Mali(Mahamadou Diarra) will win it. I'm sure.
 

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Hasuni said:
Why will Appiah miss out?
Knee injury.

Appiah had an amazing World Cup, it's a shame indeed.
 

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ghana have the best midfield, i think. even without appiah, they still have muntari and essien. and they have asamoah gyan up front. did kuffour get called up?
 

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Is there anyone else of the big stars that has declined? Drogba, Eto'o, Essien etc etc, will they be there?
 

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Drogba injured, the two others will be there. So will the rest in general.

Only talk I heard of someone not coming is Pienaar considering to stay in Everton in fear of losing his starting spot when he just got it.
 
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