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Finally, Group D, consisting of:

Tunisia
Senegal
South Africa
Angola

Fixtures:

23/01/08: Tunisia v Senegal, Tamale
23/01/08: South Africa v Angola, Tamale

27/01/08: Senegal v Angola, Tamale
27/01/08: Tunisia v South Africa, Tamale

31/01/08: Tunisia v Angola, Tamale
31/01/08: Senegal v South Africa, Kumasi
 

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This is another very tough group.

Should be interesting to see where South Africa stands as of now while Tunisia and Senegal should be the main favourites.

Angola will make things hard for these teams..
 

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Without been a bit pessimistic. South Africa shouldnt qualify from this group, but i expect a lot of decisions to go their way so it puts them in good light.

Ive gone for Angola, they are going to be a surprise package.Theyre my adopted team for this tournament because my favourite Leeds player is playign for them, Rui Marques. An excellent defender so far this season, question marks whether he can perform against the big boys but hes good enough.He probably wont even start though,despite he excellent form.
 

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Tug-of-war Pienaar arrives at South Africa camp

South Africa midfielder Steven Pienaar arrived here Tuesday to end a club-versus-country row with Everton.

The English Premiership club wanted him to play in a League Cup semi-final at Chelsea later Tuesday, 48 hours after the deadline for the player to join a 2008 African Nations Cup training camp in this Indian Ocean city.

Everton relented when world football controlling body FIFA intervened in favour of South Africa, who tackle Angola, Tunisia and Senegal in the first round of the Nations Cup, which kicks off on January 20 in Ghana.

Pienaar will begin training with Bafana Bafana (The Boys) Wednesday while the other late arrival, Israel-based defender Tshepo Masilela, took part in both Tuesday sessions under Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira.

South Africa Football Association spokesman Sifiso Cele said Pienaar and Masilela would be interviewed by officials before any protest to FIFA against Everton and Maccabi Hafia was considered.

The national team will play friendlies against Mozambique Sunday and Botswana next Wednesday before flying to their base in the northern city of Tamale.



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Katongo's goals shock Tunisia in Cup warm-up

Two quick goals from winger Felix Katongo set Zambia on their way to a surprise 2-1 away win over Tunisia in an African Nations Cup warm-up at Rades on Sunday.

Katongo netted twice inside the opening 10 minutes, the first coming with a deflection off defender Wissem Abdi and the second two minutes later from a shot on the edge of the penalty area.

Swiss-based striker Yassine Chikhaoui hit the goalframe for Tunisia midway through the first half and then reduced the deficit two minutes after the break.

Tunisia have a final warm-up match against Iran in Tunis on Jan. 16 while Zambia travel to Morocco for a match on Saturday.

At the Nations Cup, Zambia compete in Group C and Tunisia in Group D. The tournament in Ghana starts on Jan. 20.




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Zambia could screw up things for their opponents, they're a quite decent side when they get their things together..
 

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Looking at the SA coach, I dont see us making it from the group... Dont know what the people who signed him see in him.....
Oh and this is most definatly the group of death.
 

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Hard group, but I think Tunisia. South African team is just a shadow of the past and Angola does not posses enough depth. Senegal with our Henryk Kasperczak will probably finish 2nd here.

Just watch Chermiti scoring goals :)
 

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Voted for Tunisia they are a good squad and I think disciplined enought to progress.
 

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Would love South Africa to go through.
Tunisia should go through in first place and South Africa will tussle it out with Senegal for second.
Both teams are past there best years.
Angola made it to the world cup but they don't often seem good enough to go through
 

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ANGOLA

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PAST RECORD

* Angola compete at the Nations Cup finals for only the fourth times. Angola's previous Nations Cup trips were in 1996, 1998 and two years ago in Egypt.

* Angola have yet to get past the first round at the Nations Cup, having won just once in nine games at the final.

* A former Portuguese colony, Angola became independent in 1975 but only entered its first Nations Cup qualifying campaign for the 1982 finals.

RECENT FORM

* A 2-1 win over Ivory Coast in a friendly in France in November was a major morale boost although it was tempered just days later when Guinea beat them 3-0. Since last year's World Cup finals, Angola have played 15 internationals, winning seven of them.

COACH

* Angolan coach Luis Oliveira Gonçalves has been a long-standing mentor of his country's football teams, working with all national sides from under-15 level up to the senior team.

* Oliveira Gonçalves was coach of the Angolan under-20 side that won the African youth championships in 2001 and took Luanda's police team InterClube to the final of the African Cup Winners' Cup in 2001.

* The 49-year-old became Angola coach in December 2003 and an overnight national hero after leading the Angola to an unexpected berth at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

LEADING PLAYER

* Striker Flávio scored Angola's only goal at the 2006 World Cup finals and also netted at the last Nations Cup in Egypt, where he plays his club football at Cairo giants Al Ahli. Last season he was top scorer in the Egypt premier league.

OTHER

* Manucho has recently been signed after a trial period at Manchester United, having finished as the leading goal scorer in Angola's GiraBola championship for a second successive season.

* Angola's midfield is run by two veterans with André, formerly of Portuguese club Boavista, and Figueiredo, who plays in Sweden's second division, pivotal to their planning.

* Portuguese based players dominate the squad but Angolan footballers are now to be found playing in England, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland, as well as in the Middle East.​

source: reuters
 

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SOUTH AFRICA

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PAST RECORD

* Winners: 1996

* Runners-up: 1998

* South Africa have played in every Nations Cup tournament since they hosted it in 1996 but they failed at their first attempt in the qualifiers for the 1994 finals. At the last Nations Cup finals in Egypt, they went home without any points or any goals.

RECENT FORM

* A 2-0 win over Canada in November ended a dismal run of just a single victory in eight successive matches for the side, who have slipped dramatically down the FIFA world rankings over the last two years.

COACH

* World Cup winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has been South Africa's coach since January, tasked with building a team for the hosting of the 2010 World Cup finals.

* Parreira, who turns 65 in February, is the first World Cup winning coach to take charge of a team at the Nations Cup finals.

LEADING PLAYER

* Teko Modise, 25, emerged as a late bloomer at the end of his first season in South Africa's premier league to become the new star of the South African side. Since his debut in May has played 12 successive internationals and scored five goals in the process.

OTHER

* German-based winger Sibusiso Zuma, 32, is the oldest player in a squad where several other regulars have been left out to allow experimentation ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

* Parreira has left out first team regulars Delron Buckley, Bradley Carnell, Benni McCarthy and MacBeth Sibaya to introduce younger players into a competitive tournament environment

* South Africa were the first of the 16 finalists to name their 23-man squad for the tournament, more than six weeks before their opening game against Angola in Tamale. It includes two uncapped players.​



source: reuters
 

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TUNISIA

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PAST RECORD


* Winners: 2004

* Runners-up: 1965, 1996

* Tunisia have competed at seven successive tournaments since they hosted the finals in 1994. They suffered a humiliating first round exit but a decade later finally won the Nations Cup when they were hosts of the tournament again.

RECENT FORM

* Since participating at the last World Cup finals in Germany, Tunisia have won seven of 13 matches played, suffering two defeats -- against Mali in a friendly international and Sudan in the last of their qualifiers. Tunisia finished second in the group but qualified for Ghana as one of the three best second-placed finishers

COACH

* Roger Lemerre has achieved the unique distinction of winning successive championships on different continents.

* The 66-year-old Frenchman led his native country to the European Championship title in the Netherlands in 2000 and four years later took Tunisia to the African Nations Cup title.

* Lemerre was fired after France's first round exit at the 2002 World Cup finals in South Korea before taking over as coach of Tunisia later the same year.

* He had previously worked in north Africa as coach of Tunis club Esperance more than a decade ago.

LEADING PLAYER

* Yasine Chikhaoui has yet to find the back of the net at national team level but his form for FC Zurich in Switzerland this season has set a host of German and Italian clubs on his trail.

OTHER

* African champions Etoile Sahel could have up to eight players in Tunisia's Nations Cup squad, a reflection of the impact made by the club in winning the Champions League in November.

* There are just five players still competing for Tunisia from the side that played in the final of th 2004 tournament. They are the Birmingham City pair of Radhi Jaidi and Mehdi Nafti; defender Karim Hagui; midfielder Joahar Mnari and the Brazil-born striker Francileudo dos Santos.​




source: reuters
 

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SENEGAL

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PAST RECORD


* Runners-up: 2002

* Senegal lost on penalties in the 2002 final, the same year they became only the second African side to make it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

* Senegal have reached the Nations Cup semi-finals three times, in 1965, 1990 and at the last finals in Egypt in 2006. When they hosted the Nations Cup in 1992, they were beaten in the quarter-finals.

RECENT FORM

* Senegal went unbeaten for nine successive games in 2007, scoring 22 times before they lost their final international of last year (2007) against Morocco in Paris in November.

COACH

* Polish-born coach Henryk Kasperczak returns to take charge at his fifth African Nations Cup finals, having been appointed Senegal coach in September 2006.

* The 61-year-old was coach of Ivory Coast at the 1994 finals, Tunisia two years later, Morocco in 2000 and Mali when they hosted the 2002 finals.

* After concluding his playing career in France, Kasperczak coached at Metz, St Etienne, Racing Strasbourg, Montpellier, Lille and Bastia. He has also coached in his native Poland and in China.

* Kasperczak previously held the record for most number of matches coached at the Nations Cup finals but it was broken by Frenchman Claude LeRoy in 2006.

LEADING PLAYER

* Mamadou Niang's goalscoring form at French club Olympique Marseille this season has catapulted him into the role of leading Senegal's attack alongside the Bolton Wanderers striker El Hadji Diouf.

OTHER

* El Hadji Diouf is one of players still in the Senegal squad from the team that reached the 2002 Nations Cup final. The others are goalkeeper Tony Sylva; defenders Lamine Diatta and Ferdinand Coly; midfielder Pape Bouba Diop and Henri Camara upfront.

* Senegal's strength is an imposing midfield where Portsmouth's Bouba Diop is supported by the large frame of Moustapha Bayal Sall

* French-born Diomansy Kamara battled to break into Senegal's side when he was first called up, but a 6-million pound move in July to English club Fulham is evidence of his rapid progress into a key international player.​




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Dude i reckon this is the hardest group off all man with all 4 teams able to go threw to the next stage , deff the group to watch
 

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Dude i reckon this is the hardest group off all man with all 4 teams able to go threw to the next stage , deff the group to watch
Agreed. This is the toughest group to predict who will win or lose. Just look at the vote:eek:
 

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Tough group indeed. I'll root for Tunisia, with Mnari they've got the only FCN player in the tournament. ;)
 
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