Africa Cup of Nations - day nine as it happened

Live text commentary as South Africa and Cape Verde qualify following an amazing climax to Group A

27 January 2013 Last updated at 19:23

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As it happened

  1. 1911: 

    Thank you for joining me for a stunning climax to Group A.

    Tomorrow my colleague, Matt Monaghan, will talk you through Group B's final day - with Ghana, Mali, DR Congo and Niger looking to book places against South Africa and Cape Verde in the quarter-finals.

  2. 1909: 

    Just a reminder about how big an achievement this is for Cape Verde.

    The group of islands are the smallest country ever to compete at any Africa Cup of Nations, they had never been to any major tournament before and coach Lucio Antunes is on leave from his job as an air-traffic controller.

  3. 1908: 

    South Africa will play the runners-up from Group B next Saturday, with Cape Verde facing the winners.

    Ghana currently lead that group, with Mali second and DR Congo and Niger also still in with a chance of qualification.

    The finale of that pool is tomorrow.

  4. 1906: 
    GET INVOLVED

    George Gitere on the BBC Love African Football page on Facebook: "I think it was wrong for Morocco to leave out Taarabt and Chamakh. They would have won them a game or two. Happy for Cape Verde! Football has won."

  5. 1904: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Hafiz Braimah ‏on Twitter: "Group A for Amazing, Astonishing Absorbing Appealing and Attractive"

    Cannot disagree with any of that - I'm exhausted after having to talk my way through all those late twists and turns.

  6. 1903: 

    South Africa's players stayed out to applaud their fans in Durban after they qualified for the quarter-finals.

    South Africa
  7. 1900: 

    After a dire opening day in Group A with no goals, who could have anticipated that finale in Durban and Port Elizabeth. The Blue Sharks of Cape Verde have knocked out the Atlas Lions of Morocco.

    My head is still swimming with combinations, permutations and 'as it stands' tables.

  8. 1858: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Craig Hadley on Twitter: "With a population of Glasgow, it is simply astonishing to see how well Cape Verde have done. #dreamscancometrue"

  9. 1857: 

    I never gave you details of that first Cape Verde goal, did I? Varela headed home from close range after a terrible punch by Angola keeper Lama.

  10. 1857: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Port Elizabeth

    "Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes runs round the pitch with a national flag as all the players celebrate on the pitch."

  11. 1856: 

    That is probably the most incredible 10 minutes of tournament football I have ever seen. South Africa and Cape Verde qualify, Morocco and Angola go out.

    South Africa were always going through with results the way they were but with 10 minutes to go it was Angola joining them, with nine minutes it was Cape Verde, with eight minutes it was Morocco and in the final minute it was Cape Verde again.

  12. 1852: 
    FULL-TIME- Morocco 2-2 South Africa

    South Africa are through and Morocco are out after the most incredible 10 minutes in the Africa Cup of Nations.

  13. 1852: 
    INJURY TIME- Morocco 2-2 South Africa

    Not long left in Durban. We're deep into stoppage time, and I mean deep.

  14. 1850: 
    FULL-TIME- Cape Verde 2-1 Angola

    Cape Verde are definitely through following their victory over Angola. The country of 10 islands, with a population of less than 600,000, had never been at a major tournament before.

  15. 1850: 

    All four teams in this group have been in the top two in the 'as it stands table' in the final 10 minutes today. Incredible.

  16. 1849: 

    I'm glad I did my research before the game! South Africa top the group, Cape Verde finish in second, while Morocco and Angola are out. As things stand.

  17. 1847: 
    GOAL- Cape Verde 2-1 Angola - Heldon (90 mins)

    Cape Verde are going through unless we see even more late drama. We're in injury time in Port Elizabeth and Heldon fires home after terrible goalkeeping by Lama.

  18. 1846: 

    If either side score in the Port Elizabeth game, between Angola and Cape Verde, they would go through and Morocco would be heading home.

  19. 1845: 

    As things stand, Morocco are still going through on account of having scored more goals than Cape Verde.

  20. 1844: 
    GOAL- Morocco 2-2 South Africa - Siyabonga Sangweni (86 mins)

    Siyabonga Sangweni is a centre-back and should not be able to score goals like that. He has just hit a magnificent curling effort from the edge of the area - his second goal of the tournament. Amazing scenes in Group A.

  21. 1841: 

    As things stand, Morocco and South Africa go through in first and second. Cape Verde need to score again to qualify and send South Africa home (although I guess they already are home).

  22. 1839: 
    GOAL- Morocco 2-1 South Africa - Hafidi (82 mins)

    Scrap that. Substitute Abdelilah Hafidi takes the ball down on his chest 12 yards out and fires home.

  23. 1838: 
    GOAL- Cape Verde 1-1 Angola - Varela (81 mins)

    It could happen! Cape Verde have equalised and as things stand will go through because of having less bookings than Morocco.

  24. 1838: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Cape Verde 0-1 Angola

    Cape Verde make a change - remember one goal will see them through. Geraldo on for Gilberto. God bless their short nicknames.

  25. 1837: 
    BBC Sport's Seth Bennett in Durban

    "The fans a jumping now at the @MMStadium 1-1 and now Morocco face an exit from the competition. BIG last 15"

    South Africa
  26. 1835: 
    Morocco 1-1 South Africa

    How big do Itumeleng Khune's saves seem now? Humongous is the answer. Morocco really should have taken their chances, they were absolutely on top in the early stages.

  27. 1834: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Port Elizabeth

    "Just been told that there are 10,261 in the stadium - maybe there are - most are now trying to get further back in the stands as the rain continues here in Port Elizabeth."

  28. 1834: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Morocco 1-1 South Africa

    South Africa bring on a midfielder, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, for striker Bernard Parker. They are happy with this scoreline - it sees them top Group A and qualify.

  29. 1833: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Port Elizabeth

    "Very glad I am not a weather man as there is now a steady stream of drizzle here in Port Elizabeth but it is not dampening the spirits of the Angola fans as I suspect news of the South Africa equaliser is filtering through to lift their spirits."

  30. 1833: 
    Cape Verde 0-1 Angola

    Cape Verde substitute Djaniny collects a clever flick from Mendes on six yards but is unable to finish as it is cut out by Angolan defender Marco Airosa.

  31. 1832: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Morocco 1-1 South Africa

    Morocco bring on a striker - Mounir El Hamdaoui is on for Abdelaziz Barrada. They need a goal.

  32. 1831: 
    Cape Verde 0-1 Angola

    What this all means is that if Cape Verde score an equaliser in Port Elizabeth, they will go through because of picking up less bookings than Morocco.

  33. 1831: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Port Elizabeth

    "It's a bit colder this evening than it has been here in Port Elizabeth and there were a few spots of drizzle but I can see a full moon above and so not too many clouds around - don't think the weather is going to have too much of a bearing though!"

  34. 1830: 

    The consequences of that goal are massive, absolutely massive. As things stand Angola, who were bottom of Group A this morning, are going through and Morocco are out.

    South Africa would top the group.

  35. 1828: 
    GOAL- Morocco 1-1 South Africa - May Mahlangu

    Brilliant goal by May Mahlangu. The South African picks the ball up outside the box after good footwork by Tokelo Rantie and he curls it into the top corner.

  36. 1828: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Brice Staquet ‏on Twitter: "Come on bafana bafana don't lose in your own cup!"

    Sivan John ‏on Twitter: "South Africa is walking on tight rope and looks to be in trouble if they don't buck up soon."

  37. 1826: 
    Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    Kamal Chafni blazes a chance over for Morocco - either side could score in this game.

  38. 1825: 
    Cape Verde 0-1 Angola

    Heldon whips in a dangerous free-kick from 30 yards, which Lama spills before the Angolan defence clears, as Cape Verde try to push for an equaliser.

  39. 1824: 
    Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    Thuso Phala's curling free-kick might be heading into the goal for South Africa but Nadir Lamyaghri touches it around his post.

  40. 1824: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    Another booking for Morocco - Kamal Chafni going into the book for bringing down Thulani Serero.

  41. 1822: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Cape Verde 0-1 Angola

    Angola make a defensive change as well - holding midfielder Dede on for the creative Mateus. They need to hope for a South Africa equaliser or they are out regardless of their result.

  42. 1821: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    Morocco make a defensive change, midfielder Chahir Belghazouani coming off for full-back Zakaria Bergdich. If they concede a goal, they will be going out.

  43. 1819: 
    Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    South Africa have a couple of chances but Nadir Lamyaghri deals with them comfortably. Less than 30 minutes left in both games.

  44. 1818: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    That is an outstanding save again by Itumeleng Khune. Youssef El-Arabi charges in on goal and chips the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper - it looks all the world like that's 2-0 but Khune's long arm reaches up to deny the Morocco striker.

  45. 1817: 
    Cape Verde 0-1 Angola

    Cape Verde have a chance in Port Elizabeth - Tavares almost capitalises on confusion in the Angolan defence, as their two central defenders collide and almost let him in before Lama gathers to avert the danger.

  46. 1816: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Cape Verde 0-1 Angola

    More on that Angola chance - Manucho almost doubled their lead as he collected the ball in the box, turned well and fired low across Vozinha, only to see his effort cannon off the foot of the post.

  47. 1815: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Abdelilah Hafidi is the second Morocco player in the book - they'd better hope it doesn't end up coming down to yellow cards - for that to be a factor, they would need to concede and Cape Verder would need to level in their game.

  48. 1814: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    Morocco have made a change, with Abdelilah Hafidi coming on for Youssef Kaddioui.

  49. 1812: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Port Elizabeth

    "POST! Angola almost go 2-0 up Manucho's shot across the goal hits the post."

  50. 1811: 
    Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    Thuso Phala fires his free-kick on target for South Africa but it's well saved by veteran Nadir Lamyaghri in the Morocco goal.

  51. 1810: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    South Africa make a chance in their attacking line - Thulani Serero coming on for Katlego Mphela.

  52. 1809: 

    So just a reminder that as things stands, Morocco and South Africa go through. But a Bafana Bafana equaliser would put Morocco out and Angola through (if the scoreline remains the same in Port Elizabeth).

  53. 1804: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Cape Verde 0-1 Angola

    Couple of attacking changes for Cape Verde at the break as Lucio Antunes tries to get his side back into the game. Striker Platini makes way for Heldon and Djaniny comes on for Toni Varela.

  54. 1803: 
    Cape Verde 0-1 Angola

    This is the first time Cape Verde have been behind in the tournament - and the first time Angola have been ahead (or even scored).

  55. 1802: 
    KICK-OFF

    We are going ahead in both games.

  56. 1802: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dan Takyi on Twitter: "So what happens if both games are a draw and they end up with the same amount of yellow and red cards?"

    It would go down to lots but we need at least two goals for that to become a factor.

  57. 1759: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Port Elizabeth

    "The first-half got better towards the end - after a scrappy opening both sides tried to attack and push forward. One of the better moves of the opening 45 lead to the goal as Amaro went down the left wing and his cross hit the unfortunate Neves for the own-goal, he was under pressure from Neves.

    "Angola's goal came as they changed tactics from simply trying to find Manucho in the box - the delivery hadn't been good enough for him to create too many chances.

    "Cape Verde almost hit back immediately as Julio Tavares headed just wide - as the Blue Sharks seemed to find a little extra yard of space."

  58. 1755: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sang Mendy on the BBC Love African Football page on Facebook: "I believe the guys from the nation of Islands will claw themselves back into the match."

    Cape Verde need to score twice to go through - a draw would only be enough if Morocco and South Africa draw (and even then there are caveats - see my 1619 entry).

  59. 1752: 

    Group A as it stands.

    1. Morocco - 5 points
    2. South Africa - 4 points
    3. Angola - 4 points
    4. Cape Verde - 2 points

    South Africa beat Angola 2-0 when they met on Wednesday, which is why they would qualify rather than Angola, regardless of how many goals the Palancas Negras win by.

    Angola need South Africa to equalise, then they would finish second above Morocco.

  60. 1747: 
    HALF-TIME

    We're at half-time in both of our games in South Africa. As things stand, Morocco win the group on five points. South Africa will finish second ahead of Angola (both are on four points) because of the head-to-head rule. Cape Verde will be going out with two points.

  61. 1746: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Port Elizabeth

    "That goal has got the Angola brass band blowing a little harder and a little faster - how on earth do you blow a trumpet for 90 minutes non-stop!"

  62. 1745: 
    Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune saves South Africa. Kamel Chafni is charging forward on goal and the South Africa keeper flies 15 yards outside his box to deny the Moroccan by stopping the ball between his legs. Unorthodox but very effective.

  63. 1739: 
    BBC Sport's Seth Bennett in Durban

    "This is a great game, two teams who are desperate to progress. #Morocco having the better of things but #Bafana looking good on break."

  64. 1739: 

    The goal does not chance anything in terms of qualification - Morocco and South Africa would still go through, with Angola and Cape Verde heading home.

  65. 1736: 
    GOAL- Cape Verde 0-1 Angola - Neves own goal (36 mins)

    Angola lead, it's their first goal of the tournament but it's been scored by a Cape Verde player.

    Amaro was busy down the left flank and his perseverance paid off as he was fed by Campos and crossed a dangerous ball, which flicked in off defender Neves, under pressure from Mateus.

  66. 1736: 
    Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    South Africa waste a good chance, Tokelo Rantie does brilliantly to hurdle a tackle on the halfway line, runs 40 yards but is selfish and instead of picking out a team-mate he attempts a nutmeg on the edge of the box and loses the ball.

  67. 1734: 
    YELLOW CARD- Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    South Africa defender Anele Ngcongca is booked for a foul on Morocco's Chahir Belghazouani. The hosts are frustrated.

  68. 1732: 
    Cape Verde 0-0 Angola

    The ever-busy Platini is proving a handful for the Angolan defence as he refuses to allow them any time on the ball, but is unable to create an opening, having stolen the ball from them a couple of times in quick succession.

  69. 1731: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Port Elizabeth

    "Really a pretty scrappy game here - both teams are trying to out-muscle each other rather than trying to outplay each other. Don't think either keeper has had to make a save yet."

  70. 1730: 

    Half an hour gone in both games. Morocco are thriving, South Africa are frustrated, Cape Verde are poised, Angola are out.

  71. 1729: 
    GET INVOLVED

    James Ofori ‏on Twitter: "Looks as if the South Africa players are not match fit. Their body language and movement have been awful."

  72. 1728: 
    Cape Verde 0-0 Angola

    As things stand in Durban, Angola cannot go through even if they win in Port Elizabeth. Cape Verde would go through with a victory.

  73. 1727: 
    Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    South Africa have probably their first real chance and we're 27 minutes into the game, Bernard Parker just firing wide of Nadir Lamyaghri's left-hand post.

  74. 1725: 
    Cape Verde 0-0 Angola

    The Angolans look brighter than in their previous two group games so far, knowing they need a win to progress.

    The tactic, it seems, is simple: find Manucho. Cape Verde, meanwhile, are continuing to display the bright attacking play they showed against South Africa and Morocco.

  75. 1724: 
    Cape Verde 0-0 Angola

    Cape Verde have a free-kick in their game in Port Elizabeth but it's cleared well by Angola striker Manucho - a really powerful header clear.

  76. 1723: 
    Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    The ball doesn't even make it into the box, that really is terrible play by Bafana Bafana - has the occasion gotten to them?

  77. 1723: 
    Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    Free-kick to South Africa...

  78. 1722: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Linda Ariemu Yotamu on the BBC Love African Football page on Facebook: "South Africa wake up man! Furman and Khune are the only awake ones on the pitch. Substitute a striker!"

  79. 1720: 
    Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    The Atlas Lions almost add a second from the corner, Chahir Belghazouani forcing Khune to make a save down low at his near post.

    From the following corner Issam El Adoua heads just wide. Morocco are rampant here.

  80. 1719: 
    Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    Youssef El Arabi has another go for Morocco from outside the box but Bongani Khumalo deflects it over. Bafana Bafana have to be careful here not to concede another.

  81. 1718: 
    Morocco 1-0 South Africa

    South Africa have yet to create a real chance in Durban. Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi will be thrilled with his side's performance so far.

  82. 1714: 
    Cape Verde 0-0 Angola

    The islanders' defence almost gets them in trouble, as keeper Vozinha finds himself in no man's land with Manucho threatening, only for the referee to rescue them by deciding Manucho had fouled the Cape Verde custodian.

    Manucho threatens again, getting on the end of an excellent in-swinging free-kick from Gilberto, only to head just wide.

  83. 1714: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ato Amissah Wilson ‏on Twitter: "Khune should have attacked the corner with conviction. Poor goal to concede!"

  84. 1713: 

    Morocco's Mehdi Benatia is down with blood coming out of his mouth after a clash with Katlego Mphela of South Africa. I should point out it was accidental.

  85. 1712: 
    Cape Verde 0-0 Angola

    Cape Verde's other creative spark Ryan Mendes tries to curl one from the edge of the area which sails just over.

  86. 1711: 

    As things stand Morocco and South Africa go through. A Cape Verde goal would change all of that.

  87. 1709: 
    GOAL- Morocco 1-0 South Africa - Issam El Adoua (10 mins)

    I was just about to say Morocco's coach will be delighted with the opening - and he will ecstatic now. Issam El Adoua heads home a corner from close range but it was terrible goalkeeping by Itumeleng Khune who went to punch the ball after it had been headed past him.

  88. 1708: 
    Cape Verde 0-0 Angola

    Angola's Amaro has suffered a cut to the head after an elbow from Cape Verde's Tavares.

    The ever-creative Platini is busy again from the offset, finding himself just offside as the Blue Sharks attempt to create the first chance of the game.

  89. 1705: 
    Morocco 0-0 South Africa

    South Africa goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune does really well to deny Youssef El Arabi of Morocco. The Granada striker tries to chip the keeper from the corner of the box but it is a good save.

  90. 1703: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Port Elizabeth

    "I'm very pleased to announce that the Angolan fans have brought along what sounds like an entire brass band - and quite a tuneful one too - that is drowning out the vuvuzelas to a certain extent."

  91. 1702: 
    Morocco 0-0 South Africa

    First half-chance for Morocco but Youssef Kaddioui drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.

  92. 1701: 

    It's worth pointing out that Cape Verde, a group of 10 islands, have a population of just over 500,000.

  93. 1700: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Port Elizabeth

    "I think it's fair to say that we won't be getting a full house here in Port Elizabeth - and the Angola fans probably outnumber the Cape Verde fans by 10 to one!"

    Cape Verde
  94. 1700: 
    KICK-OFF

    We are under way in Durban and Port Elizabeth. These four teams will know their destiny in less than two hours.

  95. 1658: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Aaron Ng'ona Cabo has predicted today's scores on the BBC Love African Football page on Facebook: "Cape Verde 2-1 Angola, South Africa 0-1 Morocco."

    If that happens Cape Verde and Morocco go through and the hosts are out."

  96. 1654: 

    Nationals anthems in Durban and Port Elizabeth, I'd imagine these games will kick off simultaneously.

  97. 1651: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Port Elizabeth

    "Oh dear, no-one has told the poor stadium announcer that all the players on show today are known by single word nicknames - she has just read out the full names off all 46 players, some of whom have four names that do not resemble their nicknames in way at all!"

    Cape Verde and Angola have a large amount of Brazilian-style nicknames. Cape Verde keeper Vozinha is really called Josimar Dias, while Angola's Manucho is really Mateus Alberto Contreiras Goncalves.

  98. 1647: 

    African football teams have some very colourful nicknames and I'll let you know those of the four today because I'll be using them throughout this text.

    South Africa are Bafana Bafana, Morocco are the Atlas Lions, Cape Verde go by the name Blue Sharks and the Palancas Negras (Black Antelopes in English) are Angola.

  99. 1643: 
    GET INVOLVED

    You have been having your say on the BBC Love African Football page on Facebook about how today's games will go.

    Aaron Simumba: "Morocco pack and go RSA, it's your home."

    Ronald Richard Tola: "Manucho is going to display his talent today."

    Angola striker Manucho has scored eight goals in previous Cup of Nations tournaments but has yet to strike this time around.

  100. 1639: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Port Elizabeth

    "Not quite the blue skies we had this morning here in Port Elizabeth - but I'm not expecting rain - how's that for tempting fate!"

    Port Elizabeth
  101. 1637: 
    LINE-UPS

    Cape Verde Islands: Vozinha, Varela, Tony, Nando, Gege, Carlitos, Babanco, Platini, Marco Soares, Tavares, Ryan Mendes. Subs: Fredson, Stenio, Guy Ramos, Ze Luis, Nhuck, Josimar, Rony, Nivaldo, Pecks, Djaniny, David Silva, Rilly.

    Angola: Lama, Airosa, Dany Massunguna, Bastos, Amaro, Djalma, Manucho Dias, Gilberto, Pirolito, Manucho, Mateus. Subs: Landu, Lunguinha, Fabricio, Dede, Zuela, Miguel, Geraldo, Yano, Mingo Bile, Manuel, Guilherme, Neblu.

    Referee: Slim Jedidi (Tunisia)

    Carlitos is cousin of Manchester United and Portugal winger Nani, who was born in Cape Verde.

  102. 1635: 
    LINE-UPS

    Morocco: Lamyaghri, Achchakir, Kantari, El Kaoutari, El Adoua, Benatia, Barrada, Chafni, Kaddioui, El Arabi, Belghazouani. Subs: Zniti, Bergdich, Hermach, El Ahmadi, Belhanda, Assaidi, El Hamdaoui, Noussir, Hamdallah, Amrabat, Hafidi, Askri.

    South Africa: Khune, Ngcongca, Masilela, Khumalo, Sangweni, Furman, Mahlangu, Phala, Parker, Mphela, Rantie. Subs: Sandilands, Gaxa, Nthethe, Chabangu, Majoro, Tshabalala, Serero, Matlaba, Letsholonyane, Dikgacoi, Manyisa, Meyiwa.

    Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

  103. 1633: 

    Cape Verde have never been at a major international tournament before and coach Lucio Antunes, who is on leave from his job as an air-traffic controller, is eyeing their place in history.

    "This game is crucial for the two teams as victory could take us through to the quarter-finals," he said. "We will do our best to win the game, which will be difficult against a good Angola team, who parade some talented players who can create trouble for us."

    His captain, Nando, said: "For us, just to be here is an achievement. We're off to a good start and we now want to finish well. Finishing well means going to the quarter-finals."

  104. 1632: 

    Angola coach Gustavo Ferrin is not giving up hope even though a win would not guarantee them qualification: "It is not over for us in this tournament. We still have another match.

    "Anything can happen there. We have to monitor other results in the group and take it from there. We lost against South Africa and that didn't help us."

  105. 1629: 

    Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi says: "What is important for us is to reach the knockout stage.

    "We have talented footballers, but sometimes lack team-work. It is a bitter reality I am striving to change."

  106. 1627: 

    What do the managers involved have to say about their games today?

    Well, South Africa coach Gordon Igesund says they will not go gung-ho, knowing that a draw would be enough to see them into the quarter-finals.

    "Playing defensive football is not my style," he said. "However, I cannot go out there and open up, leaving us vulnerable to counter-attacks."

  107. 1626: 
    BBC Sport's Seth Bennett in Durban

    "Storm is a coming."

    Durban
  108. 1625: 

    The winner of this group will face the second-placed team in Group B next Saturday and vice-versa.

    Ghana lead that group, with Mali second and DR Congo and Niger also still in with a chance of qualification.

  109. 1624: 

    This is how the BBC will be reporting on the Africa Cup of Nations - we are covering the tournament on radio, TV, online and mobile from day one to the final.

    BBC World Service will bring commentary on all the key matches, with regular updates from the tournament being broadcast by BBC World News as well as the BBC's TV programmes for Africa. We will have a live text commentary of every game on the BBC Sport website just like this one.

    Lee James will present the weekly Sports World live from South Africa throughout the tournament. All the latest news, match reports and reaction will also be covered on the African Football section of the BBC Sport website.

    BBC Africa's social-media teams will be engaging with reporters, fans and footballers via #BBCAFCON (Twitter page @bbclovefootball), a new LoveAfricanFootball Facebook page as well as the Google+ community page Love African Football.

  110. 1624: 

    We're on day nine now but in case you need reminding what this tournament is all about - the Africa Cup of Nations features 16 of the continent's finest international sides.

    Johannesburg, Durban, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth and Rustenburg are the host cities in South Africa for the event which is being played 12 months after the previous finals because of a change in the event's timing from even to odd years.

    It was meant to be in Libya, but they swapped the tournament with South Africa's 2017 event because of violence in the North African country.

    The teams are split into four groups containing four countries, of which two teams from each pool qualify through to the quarter-finals. The tournament then concludes on 10 February with the final.

    Ivory Coast are the favourites again as they have been for each of the five tournaments since 2006, but Zambia are the holders following their shock win over 'Les Elephants' in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea last year.

  111. 1624: 
    GET INVOLVED

    We want your opinion on all things Africa Cup of Nations. Who do you think will qualify? Do you want it to come down to fair play points?

    Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcafcon, by text on 81111 (UK users only) or +44 77 86 20 50 75 (international) and on Facebook by using the new African Football BBC page.

  112. 1622: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Port Elizabeth

    "Cape Verde make one change - Carlitos replaces Nivaldo in a tactical change.

    "Angola make five changes and Uruguayan coach Gustavo Ferrin brings in some experience as Marco Airosa, Gilberto and Djalma all start as do Dias and Amaro with Lunguinha, Dede, Miguel, Geraldo and Guilherme on the bench."

  113. 1619: 

    I really hope both games do not end in a draw or else it gets complicated.

    If they do, South Africa will be through and Angola out - that's the simple part.

    If Cape Verde or Morocco have a higher scoring draw than the other, that team would go through to the quarter-finals. So if Cape Verde draw 0-0 and Morocco draw 1-1, Morocco go through and vice-versa.

    But if they both draw 0-0, 1-1, 2-2 etc, then it goes down to fair play. Morocco have five yellow cards at the moment, while Cape Verde have three from their opening two games. So we will try to keep up to date with all the bookings and/or red cards if it looks like qualification may come down that.

    If they were also level on cards, the qualifying team will be drawn from a hat. Probably not a physical hat, but I'd like to think it would be.

  114. 1618: 

    I will try to break down what every team needs to do to qualify here.

    South Africa know a draw or a win will see them into the quarter-finals. They can only go out if they lose to Morocco and Cape Verde beat Angola.

    Cape Verde and Morocco will both go through with a win and be out with a defeat. If they both draw their games it gets complicated (more on that in my next entry).

    Angola's only hope of qualification is with a victory. Even if they win, a Morocco victory would eliminate them.

  115. 1617: 

    Welcome to the final round of games from Group A of the Africa Cup of Nations.

    Morocco face hosts South Africa in Durban while Cape Verde face Angola in Port Elizabeth, with both games at 17:00 GMT.

    Any of the four teams are still able to qualify for the quarter-finals, while none of them are secured passage through to the knock-out stages.

  116. 1615: 

    You know a day is going to be confusing when you start checking how many players are on bookings in your pre-match research.

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