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AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS
SOUTH AFRICA 2013

GROUP B


Sun, 20 Jan
Ghana vs Dem. Rep. Congo - 16:00 CET, Nelson Mandela Bay
Mali vs Niger - 19:00 CET, Nelson Mandela Bay

Thu, 24 Jan
Ghana vs Mali - 16:00 CET, Nelson Mandela Bay
Niger vs Dem. Rep. Congo - 19:00 CET, Nelson Mandela Bay

Mon, 28 Jan
Niger vs Ghana - 18:00 CET, Nelson Mandela Bay
Dem. Rep. Congo vs Mali - 18:00 CET, Durban



Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay


Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban


 

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GHANA
Nickname: Black Stars

Goalkeepers:
1 Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals)
12 Adam Larsen Kwarasey (Strømsgodset, NOR)
16 Abdul Fatawu Dauda (Ashanti Gold)


Defenders:
2 Richard Kissi Boateng (Berekum Chelsea)
4 John Pantsil (Hapoel Tel Aviv, ISR)
5 Mohammed Awal (Maritzburg, RSA)
13 Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor, TUR)
15 Isaac Vorsah (Red Bull Salzburg, AUT)
19 Jonathan Mensah (Evian, FRA)
21 John Boye (Stade Rennes, FRA)
23 Harrison Afful (Espérance, TUN)


Midfielders:
6 Anthony Annan (Osasuna, ESP)
7 Christian Atsu (FC Porto, POR)
8 Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, ITA)
9 Derek Boateng (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, UKR)
10 Albert Danquah-Adomah (Bristol City, ENG)
11 Rabiu Mohammed (Evian, FRA)
14 Solomon Asante (Berekum Chelsea)
20 Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, ITA)
22 Mubarak Wakaso (Espanyol, ESP)


Forwards:
3 Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE)
17 Emmanuel Clottey (Espérance, TUN)
18 Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Sassuolo, ITA)


Coach: James Kwesi Appiah (GHA)


 

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MALI
Nickname: Les Aigles

Goalkeepers:
Soumbeyla Diakité (Stade Malien)
Mamadou Samassa (Guingamp, FRA)
Aly Yirango (Djoliba Bamako)


Defenders:
Idrissa Coulibaly (Lekhwiya, QAT)
Adama Tamboura (Randers, DEN)
Fousseni Diawara (AC Ajaccio, FRA)
Ousmane Coulibaly (Brest, FRA)
Adama Coulibaly (Auxerre, FRA)
Salif Coulibaly (Djoliba Bamako)
Mahamadou N’Diaye (Vitória de Guimarães, POR)
Molla Wagué (Caen, FRA)


Midfielders:
Samba Diakité (Queens Park Rangers, ENG)
Seydou Keita (Dalian Aerbin, CHN)
Momo Sissoko (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA)
Samba Sow (Racing Lens, FRA)
Kalilou Traoré (Sochaux, FRA)
Mahamane Traoré (Nice, FRA)
Sambou Yatabaré (Bastia, FRA)


Forwards:
Cheick Tidiane Diabaté (Bordeaux, FRA)
Cheick Fantamady Diarra (Stade Rennes, FRA)
Sigamary Diarra (AC Ajaccio, FRA)
Modibo Maiga (West Ham United, ENG)
Mamadou Samassa (Chievo Verona, ITA)


Coach: Patrice Carteron (FRA)


 

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NIGER
Nickname: Menas

Goalkeepers:
1 Saminou Rabo (Sahel)
16 Kassaly Daouda (Coton Sport, CMR)
22 Issa Losseiny Doumbia (DC Motema Pembé, DRC)


Defenders:
4 Amadou Kader (Olympic)
5 Jimmy Bulus (NA Hussein Dey, ALG)
12 Djibril Moussa Souna (AS GNN)
13 Chikoto Mohamed (JSM Béjaïa, ALG)
15 Sulliman Johan Mazadou (Marignane, FRA)
18 Kofi Dankwa (ES Zarzis, TUN)
19 Issiakou Koudize (AS GNN)
23 Mohamed Soumaïla (Olympic)


Midfielders:
3 Abdoul Karim Lancina (Coton Sport, CMR)
6 Idrissa Laouali (ASFAN)
8 Olivier Bonnes (FC Brussels, BEL)
10 Talatou Boubacar (Unattached)
14 Issoufou Boubacar Garba (Phuket, THA)
17 William N'Gounou (IF Limhamn Bunkeflo, SWE)
20 Moutari Amadou (Akokana)


Forwards:
2 Ouwo Moussa Maazou (Étoile du Sahel, TUN)
7 Idrissa Seydou (Coton Sport, CMR)
9 Daouda Kamilou (JS Saoura, ALG)
11 Issoufou Alhassane (Raja Casablanca, MOR)
21 Yacouba Seydou Ali (Africa Sports, CIV)


Coach: Gernot Rohr (GER)


 

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Nickname: Les Léopards

Goalkeepers:
Muteba Kidiaba (TP Mazembe)
Parfait Mandanda (Charleroi, BEL)
Landu Bakala (MK Etanchéité)


Defenders:
Mpeko Issama (Vita Club)
Kilitcho Kasusula (TP Mazembe)
Landry Mulemo (FC Courtrai, BEL)
Chancel Mbemba Mangulu (Anderlecht, BEL)
Larrys Mabiala (Karabükspor, TUR)
Cédric Mongongu (Evian, FRA)
Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough United, ENG)


Midfielders:
Youssouf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion, ENG)
Cédric Makiadi (Freiburg, GER)
Mankutima Kisombe (DC Motema Pembe)
Zola Matumona (Mons, BEL)
Mukok Deo Kanda (TP Mazembe)
Tresor Mabi Mputu (TP Mazembe)
Dioko Kaluyituka (Al Kharaitiyat, QAT)


Forwards:
Lomana Lualua (Karabükspor, TUR)
Budge Manzia (Shark XI)
Nzinga Luvumbu (SC Rojolu Lukaku)
Mulota Kabangu (Anderlecht, BEL)
Yves Diba-Ilunga (Al Raed, KSA)
Dieumerci Mbokani (Anderlecht, BEL)


Coach: Claude Leroy (FRA)


 

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Ghana seem to be similar to Uruguay in some ways, somewhat fading since the 2010 World Cup and I won't be shocked if they fail to qualify for the World Cup. They have no goal scoring threat other than Gyan who has disappeared since going to UAE and has had his problems with the NT lately.

I don't know how their future is, but this current team doesn't look too strong.

Congo DR are many peoples dark horses, lets see how they do
 

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Friendlies played in December 2012 and January 2013 involving teams in Group B:

12.12.2012, El Jadida (MOR)
Morocco 3-0 NIGER

10.01.2013, Abu Dhabi (UAE)
GHANA 3-0 Egypt
(Agyemang-Badu, Boakye, Asamoah Gyan)
 

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DR Congo unified under Le Roy
By Peter Musembi in BBC Sport

The Democratic Republic of Congo might finally be able to recapture their former glories thanks to the unifying influence of their French coach Claude Le Roy.

The Leopards are a traditional powerhouse of African football, having won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1968 and 1974 - the same year they became the first sub-Saharan African team to qualify for the World Cup.
Recent success has been in short supply, with their best showing at the Nations Cup in recent years being a third-place finish in 1998.

Their progress has been hindered by the refusal of some of their star players, including Anderlecht's prolific striker Dieumerci Mbokani and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, to play for them.

However, under 64-year-old Le Roy, who is in his second spell in charge, that has all changed after both players returned to the fold.

"It is the end of a long battle," said Le Roy in June 2012, when Mbokani accepted his call-up following a 14-month exile because of a disagreement with former coach Robert Nouzaret.

"I didn't need any other player apart from Mbokani - he is the last player I have been waiting for."

Former Newcastle, Portsmouth and Blackpool striker Lomana LuaLua, who led the attack in DRC's last Nations Cup participation in Egypt in 2006, is likely to add useful experience, while Peterborough United's Gabriel Zakuani and Charleroi goalkeeper Parfait Mandanda - the younger brother of France international Steve Mandanda - are also in the squad.

DR Congo are in Group B along with Ghana, Mali and Niger and, under Le Roy, who won the Nations Cup with Cameroon in 1988 and led Ghana to third place in 2008, there is optimism they can perform well and eventually realise the dream of the country's football association president, Constant Omari Selemani, to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"Foreign-based Congolese players have a lot of respect for Le Roy and are enthusiastic to play under him," said BBC Sport's Patrice Chitera. "He is also great at placing domestic players where they thrive best.

"If they perform well in South Africa, they will carry the morale over to the 2014 qualification matches and it will not be a surprise if they make it to Brazil.

"But if they don't go far enough in South Africa, the 2014 campaign is as good as over."

DR Congo beat Swaziland to reach the second round of World Cup qualifying, and they have won one and lost one so far in a tough group also containing Libya, Cameroon and Togo.
 

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HajdukSplit♥;9505433 said:
Ghana seem to be similar to Uruguay in some ways, somewhat fading since the 2010 World Cup and I won't be shocked if they fail to qualify for the World Cup. They have no goal scoring threat other than Gyan who has disappeared since going to UAE and has had his problems with the NT lately.
still, I dont think they wont pass this group.
 

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typical african mentality. instead of playin with hearth for their country, they only care about the money :thmbdown:
Yep, they definitely should have some lessons on patriotism and altruism from Macedonians, dem africans. :stuckup:
 

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this also happened with Togo before the 2006 World Cup, players wanted to boycott and manager resigned but they managed to solve the issue a few days before they started the matches. I think the problem is these African FA's give the players promises they cannot fulfil
 

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HajdukSplit♥;9559274 said:
this also happened with Togo before the 2006 World Cup, players wanted to boycott and manager resigned but they managed to solve the issue a few days before they started the matches. I think the problem is these African FA's give the players promises they cannot fulfil
There are plenty of other incidents of this sort not only with African NTs. Football is a business nowadays regardless if we are talking about clubs or NTs, as we like it or not.
 

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Ghana vs DR Congo started at 16:00 with the following line-ups:

GHANA
Dauda
Asamoah - Akaminko - Boye - Pantsil
Agyemang Badu
Boateng - Adomah
Atsu - Wakaso - Asamoah Gyan

DR CONGO
Kidiaba
Kasusula - Mongongu - Mabiala - Issama
Mulumbu
Lua Lua - Kabangu
Mbokani - Makiadi - Mputu

The first 25' were balanced and these two sides seem technically better than any of the 4 that played yesterday on Group A.
 
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