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afcon 2017


18 January 2017, 15:30

A comprehensive wrap of all the collated matches, scores and match reports of the first round of AFCON matches.

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18 January 2017, 13:22

A comprehensive wrap of all the collated matches, scores and match reports of the second round of AFCON matches.

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Ghana begin AFCON bid, Egypt return

17 January 2017, 11:02

Runners-up two years ago, Ghana start their latest bid to recapture the Africa Cup of Nations crown when they face Uganda in Port-Gentil in Group D on Tuesday.

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El Hadary ready to become AFCON's oldest player

17 January 2017, 18:31

If he plays in Egypt's opening Africa Cup of Nations fixture against Mali in Port-Gentil on Tuesday, goalkeeper Essam El Hadary will smash the record for the oldest player ever at the tournament.

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AFCON return destiny - Uganda coach

18 January 2017, 10:23

Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic says it was Uganda's destiny to make their long-awaited return to the Africa Cup of Nations.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Egypt held on Cup of Nations return

18 January 2017, 13:05

Essam El Hadary became the oldest player ever to appear at the Africa Cup of Nations as Egypt drew 0-0 with Mali on their return to the tournament.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Algeria coach wary of outsiders Zimbabwe

15 January 2017, 07:05

Virtually all the pre-2017 Africa Cup of Nations talk about Group B has concerned which two countries from Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia will advance to the quarter-finals.

Cash row sours Zimbabwe's Africa Cup build-up

15 January 2017, 07:05

Zimbabwe have endured a troubled run-up to the Africa Cup of Nations, with players refusing to attend a farewell gala and missing scheduled flights to the tournament in a dispute over pay.

Five Algeria v Zimbabwe facts

15 January 2017, 13:15

Five facts for the Africa Cup of Nations Group B match between Algeria and Zimbabwe in Franceville Sunday (1600 GMT).

Five Senegal v Tunisia facts

15 January 2017, 14:40

Five facts for the Africa Cup of Nations Group B match between Senegal and Tunisia in Franceville Sunday (1900 GMT).

Mahrez scores twice but Algeria held by Zimbabwe

15 January 2017, 21:12

Riyad Mahrez scored twice but Algeria had to settle for a 2-2 draw with rank outsiders Zimbabwe as their Africa Cup of Nations campaign got off to a slow start in Franceville on Sunday.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Gabon pin hopes on Aubameyang as Cup of Nations begins

14 January 2017, 14:57

The Africa Cup of Nations gets underway in Gabon on Saturday afternoon as the hosts, spearheaded by the brilliant Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang, face minnows Guinea-Bissau in the tournament's opening game in Libreville.

DR Congo players refuse to train

14 January 2017, 16:00

Democratic Republic of Congo players have refused to train ahead of their opening Africa Cup of Nations match against Morocco in a dispute over pay.

Mahrez chose Algeria in tribute to late father

14 January 2017, 17:29

Riyad Mahrez chose to play for Algeria rather than France, where he was born, in a tribute to his late father, the African player of the year's brother said.

Guinea-Bissau hold Gabon 1-1

14 January 2017, 21:53

Host nation Gabon were held to a 1-1 draw by enterprising Guinea-Bissau in an evenly balanced Total AFCON match played at Stade d'Angondje Stadium in Libreville on Saturday.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Mahrez, high-rise Desert Fox takes on Africa

13 January 2017, 10:44

"Riyad Mahrez? He's an example!" goes the mantra in Sarcelles, a north Parisian housing project where strings of high-rise blocks were built in the 1950s and 1960s primarily to accommodate French settlers from Algeria.

Ghana look to end 35-year Cup drought

13 January 2017, 10:44

The Black Stars of Ghana will again be one of the favourites for the Africa Cup of Nations as they aim to clinch a fifth title after their last triumph 35 years ago.

Ivorians impress as 'Auba', Mahrez lead stars parade

13 January 2017, 15:04

New-look Ivory Coast are preparing to defend the Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off in Gabon on Saturday, buoyed by encouraging results and impressive form from new recruit Wilfried Zaha.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Resurgent Super Eagles will not be in Gabon

12 January 2017, 12:27

Nigeria boast one of the strongest current national teams in Africa, but will not be among the 16 countries challenging for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations title from Saturday.

Five Africa Cup of Nations quotes

12 January 2017, 14:01

Five quotes ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon:

When Uganda last played Africa Cup, Idi Amin ruled

12 January 2017, 16:03

In an era when dictator Idi Amin would interrupt football training to offer advice and bundles of cash, Uganda made it all the way to the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations' final.

'Egyptian Messi' Salah's star rising for Egypt

12 January 2017, 16:42

He may have failed to impress Jose Mourinho, but Mohamed Salah has the chance at the Africa Cup of Nations to demonstrate just why he has been hailed as the 'Egyptian Messi'.

Algeria's Taider out, Bennacer gets Cup call

12 January 2017, 19:12

Algerian midfielder Saphir Tader has been ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations with a recurring knee injury and will be replaced by Ismail Bennacer.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Egypt look to rekindle glory days

11 January 2017, 15:35

Egypt return to the African Cup of Nations after a seven-year absence with a new generation looking to rekindle the glory days of three consecutive titles before the 2011 uprising exhausted Egyptian football.

Odds against Renard in quest for third title

11 January 2017, 18:44

Herve Renard is looking to do something in Gabon that no coach has done before and win a third Africa Cup of Nations title with a third different country.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Leicester hit hardest by African departures

10 January 2017, 11:07

Manchester United and Liverpool have each lost an important player, but in the Premier League it is Leicester City for whom the Africa Cup of Nations is the biggest inconvenience.

Monday, 09 January 2017

Five Africa Cup of Nations facts

09 January 2017, 13:15

Five Africa Cup of Nations facts ahead of 2017 tournament in Gabon.

Ivory Coast among many Africa title hopefuls

09 January 2017, 13:15

Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final.

Friday, 06 January 2017

AFCON 2017 winner to pocket $4 million

06 January 2017, 12:36

The prize money for the forthcoming Total Africa Cup of Nations has been almost tripled to US$4 million, it has been disclosed in Abuja.

Thursday, 05 January 2017

Mood in Gabon gloomy, tense ahead of 2017 AFCON

05 January 2017, 15:42

With just days to go before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Gabon begin their quest to win the Africa Cup of Nations on home soil, the mood in the host nation remains gloomy.

Broos unveils depleted Cameroon Cup of Nations squad

05 January 2017, 17:03

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos on Thursday unveiled a 23-man squad for this month's Africa Cup of Nations tournament without several key players.

Abdennour, Khazri and Sliti lead Tunisia challenge

05 January 2017, 21:40

Tunisia named their 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations with Europe-based stars Aymen Abdennour, Wahbi Khazri and Naim Sliti poised to be the key men at the January 14-February 5 tournament in Gabon.

Tuesday, 06 September 2016

Super Eagles fume over disbursement of cash gift

06 September 2016, 15:04

The Super Eagles may have expressed dissatisfaction over the way a N10 million naira cash give from the Akwa Ibom state governor was disbursed by the Nigeria Football Federation.

Saturday, 03 September 2016

Tanzania coach predicts tough game against Super Eagles

03 September 2016, 10:49

Tanzania national football team coach, Charles Nkwasa, says the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Nigeria`s Super Eagles will be tough.

Thursday, 01 September 2016

Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures

01 September 2016, 16:21

Africa Cup of Nations matchday 6 qualifying fixtures this weekend (all kick-off times GMT).

Tanzania arrive, seek first ever win over Super Eagles

01 September 2016, 18:16

The delegation of Tanzania’s Taifa Stars to Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Super Eagles landed in Abuja on Thursday aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight, and immediately flew to Uyo aboard a Dana Air flight.

Five Africa Cup of Nations qualifying facts

01 September 2016, 21:15

Five 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying competition facts ahead of matchday 6 this weekend.

Friday, 01 April 2016

Oliseh, NFF responsible for Super Eagles’ AFCON failure – Dalung

01 April 2016, 17:32

Minister for Youth and Sport Solomon Dalung has blamed former coach Sunday Oliseh and the Nigeria Football Federation for the Super Eagles’ failure to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Super Eagles return to Nigeria without 2017 AFCON ticket

30 March 2016, 12:28

The chartered flight of the Super Eagles touched down in Abuja on Wednesday morning without the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket.

Disappointed Siasia proud of Super Eagles

30 March 2016, 14:07

Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia says he is proud of the players despite his disappointment of failing to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Super Eagles set for Egypt hurdle

29 March 2016, 12:28

The Super Eagles are now set to face a tough task of qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations with a hurdle to conquer against Egypt.

Egypt VS Nigeria kicks off 6pm

29 March 2016, 15:13

The all-important 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Egypt and Nigeria will kick off 7pm local time, which is 6pm in Nigeria on Tuesday.

Fearless Etebo not scared of Egypt

29 March 2016, 18:37

Super Eagles forward Oghenekaro Etebo is not afraid of Egypt ahead a tough 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier clash on Tuesday night in Alexandria.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Chikatara moves on after Super Eagles drop

23 March 2016, 13:33

Striker Chisom Chikatara has put behind him the feeling of being dropped by interim coach Samson Siasia from the Super Eagles team that will face Egypt.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Renard begins quest for third African title

22 March 2016, 12:29

New Morocco coach Herve Renard begins his quest for a record-equalling third Cup of Nations title with back-to-back qualifiers against Cape Verde, the top-ranked African team.

2017 AFCON qualifier fixtures

22 March 2016, 16:10

Africa Cup of Nations matchday 3 and 4 qualifying fixtures from Wednesday for 2017 tournament in Gabon.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Iwobi, Mikel, Moses, Ighalo in Super Eagles camp

21 March 2016, 14:18

Alex Iwobi, John Obi Mikel, Odion Ighalo and Victor Moses are some of the invited foreign based players that have arrived the Bolton White Apartment camp of the Super Eagles ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Super Eagles can beat Egypt in Kaduna, Alexandria - Leon Balogun

16 March 2016, 18:20

Defender Leon Balogun insists the Super Eagles have the ability and capacity to come out tops in the two 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying battles against the Pharaohs in Kaduna and Alexandria.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Leon Balogun disappointed in Siasia

10 March 2016, 17:28

Mainz defender Leon Balogun says he was disappointed to be left out by Samson Siasia in the list for the two Africa Cup of Nation qualifier fixtures against Egypt later in March.

Fans to pay N300, N1000 for Super Eagles vs Pharos tie

10 March 2016, 19:33

Tickets for the Nigeria, Egypt 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Friday, March 25 will go for N1000 and N300 for covered seats and popular stand respectively.

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