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Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso: Nigeria triumph

February 10, 2013
Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso: Nigeria triumph

Nigeria won the Africa Cup of Nations following a typically tight, tense final. Stephen Keshi was able to select Victor Moses (who had been a doubt) but Emmanuel Emenike was injured, and replaced by Ikechukwu Uche. Paul Put, who has tinkered with his formations and line-ups throughout the tournament, was able to name an unchanged side...
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Burkina Faso 1-1 Ghana: Burkina Faso dominate and win the game on penalties

February 7, 2013
Burkina Faso 1-1 Ghana: Burkina Faso dominate and win the game on penalties

Burkina Faso upset the odds to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations final. Paul Put made various chances  to the side which beat Togo – in came Artistide Bancé upfront, and Prejuce Nakoulma on the right. With two holding midfielders, Charles Kabore became the number ten and Jonathan Pitroipa moved left James Appiah made one...
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Nigeria 4-1 Mali: a battle of attacking left-backs

February 7, 2013
Nigeria 4-1 Mali: a battle of attacking left-backs

Nigeria qualified for the final by controlling the game in midfield and attacking with more speed. Stephen Keshi named an unchanged side from the XI that triumphed over the Ivory Coast at the quarter-final stage. Mali coach Patrice Carteron left out Samba Sow and Samba Diakite, with Mahamane Traore coming into the side on the left, and Mohamed...
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Ivory Coast – a solid spine, but weak full-backs and lark of creative spark may be their downfall

February 3, 2010
Ivory Coast – a solid spine, but weak full-backs and lark of creative spark may be their downfall

The Ivory Coast will go into this year’s World Cup as ninth- favourites, the shortest-priced African side to ever go into a World Cup tournament. They play a fairly standard 4-3-3 system, with two wingers happy to rotate, attacking full-backs, and a solid, physical midfield.
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Teams of the Decade #16: Senegal, World Cup 02

January 19, 2010
Teams of the Decade #16: Senegal, World Cup 02

In terms of one-off results, Senegal beating France in the opening game of the 2002 World Cup was the biggest shock of the decade. It’s one of those results that has gone down in history, so it’s difficult to set the scene to describe what an upset it was. Here goes…
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