African Cup of Nations News: Ivory Coast, South Africa and Debutant Islanders For Quarter Finals

 @amoky  on January 28 2013 8:15 AM

The competition is gradually reaching the boiling point as the games over the weekend was filled with surprises, resilience, disappointment, victories, tensions and many more. So far three teams have made it to the quarter finals, while three other have been eliminated from the competition. The tournament favourite, Ivory Coast shook off their initial lethargic display against Togo to give a resounding defeat to Tunisia. The game score at the end was 3-0. The Ivorian Manager - Sabri Lamouchi made bold change to the game by leaving out Didier Drogba and Kolo Toure on the bench, Toure’s whose club form has plummeted this season seems to be struggling for match fitness. Gervinho, Yaya Toure and German based Hanover player Didier Ya Konan all registered their name on the score sheet. Ivory Coast will play their last game against Algeria which would just be a mare formality.  In the other game, Togo defeat Algeria by 2-0. The game put the Togolese in a position to fight for a quarter final spot with Tunisia in their last game. Emmanuel Adebayor scored the first goal for Togo to record his first ever goal in the competition. Algeria despite coming into the tournament as one of the favourites was the first team to be eliminated.

South African displayed resilience against Morocco. In a very tension soaked and entertaining encounter, South Africa came back twice to force the game to a stalemate. Having had four points in the kitty, a draw was enough to get them through to the knock out stage. It was celebration galore all over South Africa. Morocco on the other hand drew all their three games which resulted in their elimination. The debutant Islanders - Cape Verde secured a quarter final spot in their very first appearance in the competition. The country of about 500,000 in population fought back within the last ten minutes to score two goals. The Angolan had earlier taken the lead through an own goal from the Cape Verde’s Defender – Neves. The manager of the smallest country in the competition Lucio Antunes – A  Air Controller by profession feel that they have made a huge accomplishment by getting through to the knockout stage. The Angolan team who seemed to be in the drive seat at the initial stage of the game has also been eliminated following two losses and a draw. Later on today the Ghana faces Niger, while DR Congo would trade tackle with Mali. The games would be played simultaneously at 11am

Result over the Weekend

Group D

Ivory Coast 3 Vs Tunisia 0

Togo 2 Vs Algeria 0

Group A

South Africa 2 Vs Morocco 2

Cape Verde 2 Vs Angola 1

 

Oba Adeola Amokomowo

Bundesliga /African Football Contributor

Twitter @Amoky