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11 January 2010
17:00
Côte d'Ivoire v Burkina Faso Estádio Chimandela, Cabinda

11 January 2010
19:30
Ghana v Togo Estádio Chimandela, Cabinda

15 January 2010
17:00
Burkina Faso v Togo Estádio Chimandela, Cabinda

15 January 2010
19:30
Côte d'Ivoire v Ghana Estádio Chimandela, Cabinda

19 January 2010
17:00
Burkina Faso v Ghana Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda

19 January 2010
17:00
Côte d'Ivoire v Togo Estádio Chimandela, Cabinda
 

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Who do Togo have other than Adebayor? and it's not like he's been in great form for Man City in recent weeks. Other players - Serge Gakpé - is known a bit but the rest seem to be French league journeymen

Burkina Faso - heard of a couple of their midfielders and attackers but they won't have enough to trouble Ghana or the Ivory Coast
 

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BURKINA FASO


Goalkeepers:
Daouda Diakite (Mokawloo Al-Arab, EGY), Germain Sanou (Saint-Étienne, FRA), Adama Sawadogo (ASFA-Y).

Defenders:
Ibrahim Gnanou (Alania Vladiskavkaz, RUS), Bakary Koné (Guingamp, FRA), Paul Koulibaly (Al Ittihiad Tripoli, LYB), Moussa Ouattara (Kaiserslautern, GER), Madi Panandétiguiri (União Leiria, POR), Mamadou Tall (União Leiria, POR).

Midfielders:
Charles Kaboré (Marseille, FRA), Mahamoudou Keré (Charleroi, BEL), Mohamed Koffi (Petrojet, EGY), Aziz Nikiéma (Qingdao Jonoon, CHN), Jonathan Pitroipa (Hamburg, GER), Florent Rouamba (Sheriff Tiraspol, MOL), Sibiri Alain Traoré (Auxerre, FRA).

Strikers:
Habib Bamogo (OGC Nice, FRA), Aristide Bancé (FSV Mainz, GER), Moumouni Dagano (Al Khor, QAT), Youssouf Koné (CFR Cluj, ROM), Youssouf Ouattara (União Leiria, POR), Narcisse Yaméogo (Migan, AZE), Patrick Zoundi (Fortuna Düsseldorf, GER).

HISTORY:
Burkina Faso have been regular visitors to the Africa Cup of Nations finals since the mid-1990s, but the only time they have been out of the first round was when they hosted the tournament in 1998.

On that occasion they made it to the semifinals, losing there to eventual champions Egypt, and then going on to fall short in the third/fourth-place play-off in an amazing game with DR Congo that finished 4-4, but 4-1 to the Congolese on penalties.

The first time the country qualified for the continental show-piece was in 1978 when they were then known as Upper Volta, but it would be another 18 years before they made a return visit as they went out in the first round in South Africa in 1996.

They qualified for the next four tournaments up to 2004, but were missing from both the 2006 and 2008 tournaments.

Nations Cup Record:
1968: Did not qualify
1970: Did not enter
1972: Did not enter
1974: Did not qualify
1976: Did not enter
1978: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1980: Did not enter
1982: Did not qualify
1984: Did not enter
1986: Did not enter
1988: Did not enter
1990: Did not qualify
1992: Did not qualify
1994: Withdrew from qualifying
1996: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1998: Semi-finals
2000: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
2002: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
2004: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
2006: Did not qualify
2008: Did not qualify

Record in Final tournaments:
21P 3W 3D 15L 20-45​
 

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GHANA


1 Phelimon McCarthy (Hearts of Oak Accra, GHA)
2 Hans Adu Sarpei (Bayer Leverkusen, GER)
3 Asamoah Gyan (Stade Rennais, FRA)
4 Ransford Osei (FC Twente, HOL)
5 Jonathan Mensah (Granada, ESP)
6 Anthony Annan (Rosenborg, NOR)
7 Samuel Inkoom (FC Basel, SWI)
8 Michael Essien (Chelsea, ENG)
9 Opoku Agyemang (Al Saad, QAT)
10 Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, ITA)
11 Moussa Narry (Auxerre, FRA)
12 Lee Addy (Bechem Chelsea, GHA)
13 Andre Ayew (Arles, FRA)
14 Matthew Amoah (NAC Breda, HOL)
15 Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim, GER)
16 Daniel Adyei (Liberty Professionals, GHA)
17 Ibrahim Ayew (Zamalek, EGY)
18 Eric Addo (Roda JC, HOL)
19 Emmanuel Agyeman Badu (Udinese, ITA)
20 Dominic Adiyiah (AC Milan, ITA)
21 Harrison Afful (Esperance Tunis, TUN)
22 Richard Kingson (Wigan Athletic, ENG)
23 Haminu Draman (Kuban Krasnodar, RUS)

HISTORY:
It would be a surprising fact to many that Ghana have not won Africa's top prize for the past 28 years, and have in fact featured in only one final since 1982.

Given the strength of football in the west African country, it must surely be classed as underachievement and is something the Class of 2010 will hope to out right.

There was much expected for the side when they hosted the event two years ago, but despite some positive early signs, they were outclassed in the semfinals by Cameroon and had to settle for third place.

All-in-all the Black Stars have won four Nations Cup titles, the first two coming abck-to-back in 1963 and 1965, with two more in quick succession in 1978 and 1982.

But after that it makes fir poor reading, with just a final appearance in 1992 to show for their efforts, where they eventually went down in a mammoth penalty shoot-out to Cote d'Ivoire.

Recent form has been scratchy, though they did qualify for a first-ever World Cup finals in 2006 and followed that up with qualification for the 2010 event in South Africa as well.

Nations Cup Record:
1962: Did not qualify
1963: WINNERS
1965: WINNERS
1968: Runners-up
1970: Runners-up
1972: Did not qualify
1974: Did not qualify
1976: Did not qualify
1978: WINNERS
1980: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1982: WINNERS
1984: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1986: Did not qualify
1988: Did not qualify
1990: Did not qualify
1992: Runners-up
1994: Quarterfinalists
1996: Semifinalists
1998: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
2000: Quarterfinalists
2002: Quarterfinalists
2004: Did not qualify
2006: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
2008: Semifinalists

Record in Final tournaments:
66P 38W 11D 17L 89-56​
 

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IVORY COAST


Goalkeepers:
Boubacar Barry (Lokeren, BEL), Aristide Zogbo (Maccabi Netanya, ISR), Vincent De Paul Angban (ASEC Mimosas)

Defenders:
Abib 'Kolo' Touré (Manchester City, ENG), Emmanuel Eboué (Arsenal, ENG), Guy Demel (Hamburg, GER), Souleman Bamba (Hibernians, SCO), Benjamin Angoua Brou (Kispest Honved, HUN), Arthur Boka (Stuttgart, GER), Abdoulaye Méité (West Bromwich Albion, ENG), Siaka Tiéné (Valenciennes, FRA).

Midfielders:
Yaya Touré (FC Barcelona, ESP), Didier Zokora (Sevilla, ESP), Emmanuel Kouamatien Koné (International Curtea de Arges, ROM), Cheik Ismaël Tioté (FC Twente, HOL), Emerse Faé (Nice, FRA), Jean-Jacques Gosso Gosso (Monaco, FRA).

Strikers:
Didier Drogba (Chelsea, ENG), Salomon Kalou (Chelsea, ENG), Bakari Koné (Olympique Marseille, FRA), Kader Keita (Galatasaray, TUR), Aruna Dindane (Portsmouth, ENG), Gervais Yao Kouassi 'Gervinho' (Lille, FRA).

HISTORY:
Ivory Coast have reached the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations on no less than eight occasion, but have just a single continental triumph to show for their efforts.

That is a poor conversion rate that once again came to the fore in the 2008 tournament in Ghana when they brushed all before them aside in reaching the last four, but were then hammered 4-1 by Egypt in their semi.

It was a trend that was set way back in 1965 when they first entered the competition and went on to reach the semifinals in their first three tournaments.

A lean period followed until 1986 when they were again in the last four, but they finally made the breakthrough in 1992, winning the tournament in Senegal with a marathon 11-10 shoot-out win over Ghana in the final.

Another semifinal showing came in 1994, before a spell of limited success followed up until the 2006 tournament in Egypt, where they lost to the hosts in the final. This time it was they who were on the wrong end of a shoot-out result.

Amazingly though, they did need a 12-11 shoot-out result to beat Cameroon in the quarterfinals.

They will be hot favourites going into the 2010 championship in Angola, but will be wary of semifinal defeats once again, knowing that early tournament form counts for nothing if you cannot grind out the results at the knockout stage.

Nations Cup Record:
1965: Semifinalists
1968: Semifinalists
1970: Semifinalists
1972: Did not qualify
1974: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1976: Did not qualify
1978: Disqualified
1980: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1982: Did not enter
1984: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1986: Semifinalists
1988: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1990: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1992: WINNERS
1994: Semifinalists
1996: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1998: Quarterfinalists
2000: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
2002: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
2004: Did not qualify
2006: Runners-up
2008: Semifinalists

Record in Final tournaments:
68P 28W 16D 24L 98-90​
 

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TOGO


Goalkeepers:
Kossi Agassa (Istres, FRA), Baba Tchagouni (Dijon, FRA), Kodjovi Obilale (Pontivy, FRA)

Defenders:
Assimiou Toure (Bayer Leverkusen, GER), Gafar Mamah (Sheriff Tiraspol, MOL), Eric Akoto (Maccabi Ahi, ISR), Boussari Akinsola (Enugu Rangers, NIG), Pereira Hamilton (Sport Recife, BRA), Kakla Eninful (US Monastir, TUN), Richmond Forson (Thouars FC, FRA), Emmanuel Mathias (Hapoel Pekta, ISR), Serge Akakpo (Vaslui FC, ROM)

Midfielders:
Floyd Ayite (Nancy, FRA), Alaixys Romão (Grenoble, FRA), Komlan Améwou (Stromgodset, NOR), Guillaume Brenner (Alki FC, CYP), Moustapha Salifou (Aston Villa, ENG), Serge Gakpe (Monaco, FRA), Razak Boukari (Lens, FRA), Sapool Mani (Al Ittihad, LYB), Thomas Dossevi (Nantes, FRA), Junior Yao Seneya (Dibaa Al Hisn, UAE)

Forwards:
Jonathan Ayite (Nimes, FRA), Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City, ENG), Serge Nyuiadzi (Nice, FRA)

HISTORY:
Togo will be making their seventh Africa Cup of Nations finals appearance, but have yet to make it out of the first round of the tournament.

Indeed, they have won just two of their 18 finals matches to date, conceding an unhealthy 32 goals in the process.

They qualified for their first tournament in 1972, re-appearing again only in 1984, before going underground again.

They have at least managed to bring some consistency to their appearances, having now qualified for five of the last seven tournaments, though they were conspicuous by their absence in 2008 in Ghana, especially having secured a shock berth at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

The chance to make history and book a first quarterfinals appearance will be what drived the Togolese in Angola, though they were far from convincing in qualifying and really too heavily on goals from their one true world-class star, Emmanuel Adebayor.

Nations Cup Record:
1968: Did not qualify
1970: Did not qualify
1972: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1974: Did not enter
1976: Did not qualify
1978: Did not qualify
1980: Did not qualify
1982: Did not qualify
1984: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1986: Did not qualify
1988: Did not qualify
1990: Did not enter
1992: Did not qualify
1994: Did not qualify
1996: Did not qualify
1998: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
2000: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
2002: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
2004: Did not qualify
2006: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
2008: Did not qualify

Record in Final tournaments:
18P 2W 6D 10L 13-32​
 

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Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba - This Is My Last Nations' Cup
by Kingsley Kobo in Goal.com
31.12.2009


At age 31 and with only two African Cup of Nations done and a third on the way, Didier Drogba deems he has served his country enough, even as fans ask for more.

At a press conference on Wednesday in Abidjan, the Chelsea forward gave a valedictory speech padded with emotions, stupefying all Ivory Coast fans present.

“I think I’m in great form as we head for my last Nations Cup,” the Ivorian captain said.

Being his final national assignment, Drogba plans to get the best out of Angola 2010, in order to stamp his footprints on the sands of football history at home and continentally.

“From the bottom of my heart, I’m desirous to come back from Angola with a glorious result to give joy to the Ivorian people. To this end, my team-mates and I will be sweating it out as much as we can,” he said.

But wishes are not horses for beggars to ride on. The African Cup of Nations, like every other sports tournament, is a journey barricaded with teams of different shapes and sizes, which one must surmount to advance. And Drogba knows that.

“We’ll be treating every team coming our way this time around with respect, humility and seriousness. No more room for complacency like in Ghana 2008. No game is won in advance.”

Well said, as most reporters at the conference wanted to hear, giving the feeling that the Elephants have corrected their mistakes of the past.

But what about the absence of Sevilla FC’s Romaric, which will be leaving a wide gap in the N°10 position of the team? Drogba expressed his disappointment. He wanted the boy by their side but he’s not the one to make decisions here.

“Romaric is a very important element and if I were the chief, I’d have done something, but our chief is coach Vahid Halilhodzic,” Drogba affirmed.
 

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Group B

Round 1


Monday 11 January 2010,
Estádio Chimandela, Cabinda

Ivory Coast 0-0 Burkina Faso

Monday 11 January 2010,
Estádio Chimandela, Cabinda

Ghana - Togo - Cancelled


Current table
1 Burkina Faso....... 1G 0W 1D 0L 0-0 1P
1 Ivory Coast........ 1G 0W 1D 0L 0-0 1P
3 Ghana............... 0G 0W 0D 0L 0-0 0P

The sad events that provoked the departure of Togo made of this group an even tighter affair which means that today's match that ended up in a surprising draw can turn out to be decisive.

Round 2 fixtures:

Fri, 15 January 2010
Burkina Faso v Togo, 17:00 CET - Cancelled
Ivory Coast vs Ghana, 19:30 CET
 

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0-0 FT?! What players do Burkina Faso have that are any good?
Jonathon Petroipa and Yssouf Kone are probably their best players. They also have Moumouni Dagano who used to play for Souchaux, amongst others who play in Europe. They're not hopeless, they finished 2nd in their World Cup qualifying group, actually behind Cote D'Ivoire. They beat Guinea, who have a decent team, although they got spanked 5-0 in Abidjan.

Anyway its a rather big surprise. I guess Cote D'Ivoire are choking even earlier than they did in 2008.
 

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Gervinho and Drogba barely did anything aside from the goals, though.

Ghana are missing 2 important defenders in this tournament in Paintsil and Mensah, they're also missing Muntari, Appiah and Laryea Kingston, not to mention that Essien is just coming back from injury and didn't start the game. That's like half the team right there.

Don't think Côte d'Ivoire were that impressive tbh. They were a bit lucky too, considering that Ghana hit the post when the scoreline was still 1-0.

Congrats to Côte d'Ivoire for going through, though.
 

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Scare of the competition Nerazzurri4life. Unless if other teams wake up in the next round I only see Ivory Coast as a team that can match Egypt. Shows how poor this tournament has been
 

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Scare of the competition Nerazzurri4life.
I don't get what you mean :confused:

Calcio100 said:
Unless if other teams wake up in the next round I only see Ivory Coast as a team that can match Egypt. Shows how poor this tournament has been
Haven't seen enough of it to make a judgement, personally.

..And I don't really care much whether we win it or not, to be honest. :undecide:
 

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That, and winning the ACN doesn't excite me so much..

Would be great if Angola wins it.
 

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Group B

Round 2


Friday 15 January 2010,
Estádio Chimandela, Cabinda

Burkina Faso - Togo - Cancelled

Friday 15 January 2010,
Estádio Chimandela, Cabinda

Ivory Coast 3-1 Ghana
[Gervinho 23', Siaka Tiené 66', Didier Drogba 90'; Asamoah Gyan 90'+3']


Round 3 and last

Tuesday 19 January 2010,
Estádio Chimandela, Cabinda

Ivory Coast - Togo - Cancelled

Tuesday 19 January 2010,
Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda

Burkina Faso 0-1 Ghana
[Dede Ayew 30']


Final table
1 Ivory Coast........ 2G 1W 1D 0L 3-1 4P
2 Ghana................ 2G 1W 0D 1L 2-3 3P
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3 Burkina Faso......... 2G 0W 1D 1L 0-1 1P


It's easy to speculate but it's harder not to think that this very depleted Ghana side could have struggled to qualify if tragedy wouldn't have knocked on Togo's door.
 
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