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Although Sunday was supposed to be the official opening of the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, the shocking events in Cabinda have meant that the competition has already dominated headlines since Friday evening.

The news of the attack on the Togo team has cast its shadow over the start of the tournament but perhaps, for now, it is time to let football take centre stage. All being well, the Nations Cup in Angola could still be a tantalising starter for the main course that is Africa's first World Cup later in the summer.

Hosts Angola take on a strongly-fancied Mali team in the tournament's opener on Sunday at 1900 GMT. But is the Ivory Coast who are being billed as favourites.
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Do you think they stand a chance or do you think they will come unstuck as they did two years ago in Ghana when they lost 4-1 to Egypt in the semi-finals?

And what about the Pharaohs who are on a hat-trick? Will the fact that they have no World Cup distractions be a help? Or should we be looking at the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon who have started to find their feet in the last six months?

Whatever your thoughts on the tournament and the repercussions of the attack on the Togo team bus let me know them.

We'll be doing live text commentary on the opening game and it would be lovely to have you alongside me and the World Service team in the National Stadium in Angola.

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posted Jan 11, 2010

Why isnt the BBC showing ACoN?

It was great viewing in 2008 when i come home from work and relax and watch aficana footy on the bbc interactive service.

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posted Jan 11, 2010

If it is true Togo are going back home, can CAF consider taking Bafana Bafana on board?

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posted Jan 11, 2010

The team with the tightest defence will win this tournament.

We expect the flair going forward, but then most teams in the tournamnet traditionally forget to defend as well.

The team which is organised and professional at the back will lift the cup, and you can normally see this even after the first round of matches.

It won`t be Algeria for instance! smiley

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posted Jan 15, 2010

I'm in vancouver! Surely thats got to be one of the furthest places from angola

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posted Jan 15, 2010

" comment by Torresque (U13641289)

Manchester United, 1-0 down to Bayern Munich with 3 minutes injury time to be played and scored 2.

Liverpool scored 3 in 45 minutes (1 goal from a highly debatable penalty)

Mali score 4 in 12 minutes to bring it back to 4-4. Has to be the best comeback ever.
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Liverpool scored three goals in six minutes, not 45. Just saying. But obviously four goals is more impressive.
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Yes, it looks like some people have the "Ferguson Hall of Mirrors" view of reality. Never mind.

I also saw Marseilles come back from 4-0 down v. Montpellier at HT to win 5-4. Montpellier coach was extremely humble in recognising Marseilles' quality fight-back.
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Also seen Man Utd come from 3-0 down to win 5-3 against one team, SPURS,on two occasions!

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posted Jan 15, 2010

Huckerby - give it a rest, troll.

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posted Jan 15, 2010

nufcvan, heard bad snow reports over there.

Is it as desperate as they are making out considering how close we are to the Olympics?

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posted Jan 15, 2010

Mr Huckerby or whatever you call yourself. Ivory coast,Ghana, and England are average team. The only reason England seems to appear to you as better than CIV and Ghana is because the English press hype or praise them to high heaven. It seems England have won the world cup before the ball is kick in South Africa. I hope you are strong enough to withstand hearth failure when your so called England disappoint you in the world cup come june this year. At least almighty Portugal will be present to send England home if they make it beyoud the group stages.

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posted Jan 16, 2010

Chelsea will struggle during Acon without Drog Mikel Ess and Kalou

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posted Jan 16, 2010

SunRa, dont know if that was meant to be a humourous comment or you haven`t seen todays results?

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