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Africa Cup of Nations - Day Eight

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Hello again and welcome to day eight of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Zambia treated us to a lesson in how not to defend in yesterday's 5-1 defeat to Cameroon, while Egypt made hard work of dispatching of Sudan on their way to a 3-0 win.

So what delights are we going to be treated to today?

Group D completes the second round of group games with Senegal up against Angola in the day's first encounter and it's north v south for tonight's match as Tunisia take on South Africa.

The group remains the tightest in the competition as both opening games ended in draws and all four teams will still be in with a shout of qualifying regardless of the outcome of today's games.

At half-time of the Tunisia v South Africa game we will once again be streaming a live forum from the BBC's Africa Cup of Nations TV coverage in the UK.

You can pose your questions to presenter Manish Bhasin, who will be joined in the studio by Efan Ekoku and Leroy Rosenior.
Get involved and pose your question

As usual I'll be looking for plenty of debate as I guide you through all today's action -

news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foo...

Enjoy.

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comment by Mwanga (U10919999)

posted Jan 27, 2008

Vitalo92 is correct about aging teams. When I saw the names Njitap and Song I could not believe no young people in their country have overtaken them.
It is true we are no longer in the 1990s. Some fans still believe that because they have players that play for Man U, Chelsea, Marseille or whatever European team else the African Cup of Nations is going to be theirs.
More organised federations from north africa are going to show us how important it is to believe in yourself. We may appreciate the Drogba, the Essien... as good players but admiring people for the simple reason that they play in Europe is silly and backward.

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posted Jan 28, 2008

The competion has been spectacular with each day enjoying exciting goals. Tactically teams with a lot of professional playing in Europe seems to be less organized in attacking mostly scoring by chances on capitallizing blunders of opponents rather than creativity. It looks like most of them are just over rated!

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comment by gaz_daq (U8634469)

posted Jan 28, 2008

looks like man u scouting system is truly exceptional in able to find a player of the quality of manucho. He will be able to push for a united place now with tevez and rooney shaking in their boots.

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posted Jan 28, 2008

yeah, it's clear for everyone to see that the so-called stars don't want to pull their weight 4 country the way they do it 4 club. but i don't agree with comments like angolan players are amateurs, that's just ridiculous. angola has a professional football league called Girabola and it's been around for as long as i can remember. the fact that people don't know about the angolan players doesn't mean they are less skilled than any other team. only now that manucho is going 2 united people r starting to see the potential of the squad. but before that they had already players in egypt, portugal, france and england in league 1. are they amateur leagues? i don't think so! doh

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posted Jan 28, 2008

'Tactically teams with a lot of professional playing in Europe seems to be less organized in attacking mostly scoring by chances on capitallizing blunders of opponents rather than creativity. It looks like most of them are just over rated! '

LENNY 08.

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Interesting theory. Rubbish, but interesting.

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posted Jan 28, 2008

ye manucho's gona be BIG in the premiership. i look forward

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posted Jan 28, 2008

RE Abu Treka: No doubt FIFA will be reprimanding Kaka for showing his "I love Jesus" vest when he scores. Surely that contravenes the no-religious-undergarments policy of FIFA?

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posted Jan 28, 2008

As is obvious the teams from West and North Africa are doing the best in the ACN.

The reasons are that the best players from Africa are West African. Just look at the starting rosters of the major European leagues.

The North Africans aare not that good. The are no North African stars in the European league. Most of them are just 2nd or 3rd division level--hence they are forced to play at home. This helps because the players get to know each other and they play as a unit. By constrast the West African stars hardly know each other except when they play for the same European team as is the case with Ivory Coast.

There is also too much of an inferiority complex when it comes to coaches for African teams. I always wonder why places like Nigeria and South Africa which have resources have not yet opened up schools for coaches, referees, etc. South Africa in the alst WC had a local coach who I thought was OK. But they sacked him for some supposed "star coach" from Brazil paying him and his entourage huge salaries for doing almost nothing.

Only a fool would think that those coaches of European origin really want African football to flourish. Most are in Africa just to relax and enjoy.

And this is just ironic given that the best individual footballers in the world come from Brazil and West Africa.

The footballing authorities don't like the the fact that these players are of darker hue hence the rush to proclaim soft players like Kaka and Pato as "great stars". Ronaldo(MU) is good but not up there yet.

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posted Jan 28, 2008

I'm confused about all this noise about Abutreka's shirt and his sympathy with Gaza!
This is a humanitarian issue more than a political issue.. People are suffering from cold, hunger and lack of health care beside the abscense of power supply. If I sympathise with these people does this mean I support Hamas or Fath or any political party?

And by the way the referee gave him a yellow card for putting the shirt over his face and not for the writing over the shirt.

Does anybody remember what the Ghanian player "Idon't remember his name" did in the world cup 2006? He pulled the Israeli flag from below his socket and waved it happily after the 2nd goal in Check Republic.
Back then no body even talked about political signs or anything.

What I'm talking about is that if there is really law it should be applied to all players and not to selectevely apply it on certain players.

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posted Jan 28, 2008

I am proud to say that angola so much deserved that game and the goals where top class. If manchester gives manucho a chance to play, i believe that they will not regret it. next much is against tunisia and i have the outmost confidence on the angola team to top this group. it is time for other teams to start fearing us... many will chase us but they won't successed on catching us... the black anthelop

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