Africa Cup of Nations - day 12 as it happened

Live text commentary as Togo hold Tunisia to qualify for the quarter-finals, and Ivory Coast draw with Algeria.

30 January 2013 Last updated at 19:36

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As it happened

  1. 1900: 

    Thanks for joining me today for another thrilling conclusion to a Cup of Nations group. If you'd like to return on Saturday, I would love to talk you through the first two quarter-finals. I'll be here waiting. For you.

  2. 1900: 

    It will definitely be Burkina Faso v Togo, despite rumours of a Zambia reprieve.

    Thousands of Zambians celebrated on the streets on Wednesday as a rumour spread that Group C rivals Burkina Faso had been disqualified.

    "This is not true," Confederation of African Football secretary-general Hicham El Amrani told BBC Sport.

  3. 1859: 

    Next up in the Africa Cup of Nations is the quarter-finals.

    First up on Saturday at 15:00 GMT is Ghana against Cape Verde, who had never been in the tournament before this year. Hosts South Africa meet Mali at 18:30.

    Sunday's games will be between Ivory Coast and Nigeria, and two surprise packages in Burkina Faso v Togo.

  4. 1856: 

    So there will be no North African representation in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals, while Cape Verde and Togo are there for the first time in their history.

  5. 1853: 
    FULL-TIME- Algeria 2-2 Ivory Coast

    The other game in the group ends all square - Ivory Coast top the group with seven points, Togo second on four, Tunisia third, also on four, and Algeria bottom on one.

    Togo finish ahead of Tunisia on goal difference.

  6. 1852: 

    The Sparrow Hawks players charge onto the pitch to celebrate their historic point but some of Tunisia's players are in tears - they are going home.

  7. 1851: 
    FULL-TIME- Togo 1-1 Tunisia

    Togo are through to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

  8. 1851: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Togo make a chance with seconds left, Emmanuel Adebayor off for Dove Wome.

  9. 1851: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Moran Dan Chisenga on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Go Zambia, go!"

    Ibe Chukwudi Mofci on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Adebayor doing great job for the Togolese side."

    Adeniyi Kazeem Olorunloba on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "The pitches have taken theshine off what would have been a great tournament. It gives players like those ones from my country, Nigeria, excuses if they are eventually sent packing."

  10. 1850: 

    Jonathan Ayite just trying to keep the ball in the corner now for Togo.

  11. 1849: 

    Kossi Agassa denied Fakhreddine Ben Youssef brilliantly from the resulting corner. Late tension in Nelspruit.

  12. 1848: 

    Togo really are panicking in their own defence now. Can they hang on?

  13. 1847: 

    Fakhreddine Ben Youssef has a chance for Tunisia after some poor Togo defending but goalkeeper Kossi Agassa denies him.

  14. 1846: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Idowu Lawanson ‏on Twitter: "These African referees are going to kill this competition with incompetence."

    Eddie Kuh ‏on Twitter: "The play-acting and feigning of injury is a real turn-off at this tournament. Refs should make 'injured' players leave the pitch!"

    Fabious on Twitter: "Hopping between the two games and sadly it seems the drama starts the moment I shift. Sticking to Togo/Tunisia now."

  15. 1846: 
    INJURY TIME

    Five minutes added on for Tunisia to score.

  16. 1846: 

    For the fourth day in a row the battle for a quarter-final place comes down to the last minute. Unless Tunisia score, it is Togo who will be facing Burkina Faso on Sunday.

  17. 1845: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Togo defender Sadat Ouro-Akoriko comes on for the more attacking-minded Floyd Ayite.

  18. 1844: 

    Selfish play there, Jonathan Ayite lashes a shot wildly off target when he had an option in the box.

  19. 1843: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Tunisia go for it now - striker Fakhreddine Ben Youssef comes on for midfielder Mejdi Traoui.

  20. 1842: 

    A reminder that if the Carthage Eagles do go out, there will be no North Africa sides in the quarter-finals. Morocco and Algeria are already out, while Egypt never qualified.

  21. 1840: 

    Tunisia need a goal in the next six minutes or else they are going home. Will they get another chance anywhere near as good as Mouelhi had?

  22. 1838: 

    That goal by Didier Drogba is his 11th in his Africa Cup of Nations career. One of the all-time great African players, no doubt about that.

  23. 1837: 
    GOAL- Algeria 2-2 Ivory Coast - Wilfried Bony (81 mins)

    Wilfried Bony drives forward and lets fly from 25 yards, his shot appears to be going well wide before it takes a wicked deflection and leaves keeper Rais Mbolhi stranded. Ivory Coast's reserves back on level terms.

  24. 1837: 
    GOAL- Algeria 2-1 Ivory Coast - Didier Drogba (77 mins)

    Didier Drogba nets with an excellent header from 12 yards, rising high to meet a lofted cross and directing the ball into the bottom corner. Pure quality from the big striker.

  25. 1836: 
    YELLOW CARD

    In the build up to that penalty, three Togo players were booked. Jonathan Ayite was shown a yellow card moments after coming on for his angry reaction, while his captain Emmanuel Adebayor was then booked for knocking the yellow card out of referee's Daniel Bennett's hands. Goalkeeper Kossi Agassa was then shown a yellow card too before Mouelhi's kick.

  26. 1835: 

    That would have been a travesty for Togo after they were not given a penalty when goalkeeper Ben Cherifia brought down Adebayor.

  27. 1834: 
    MISSED PENALTY

    Khaled Mouelhi tries the same trick for his opener, walks up to the ball and hits the post. Massive chance wasted by the Carthage Eagles.

  28. 1831: 
    PENALTY- Penalty to Tunisia

    Saber Khlifa goes down following a touch from Dare Nibombe.

  29. 1831: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Togo bring off Serge Gakpe for a third game in a row. The goalscorer is replaced by Jonathan Ayite.

  30. 1830: 

    Some highly erratic refereeing in this game between Togo and Tunisia, both teams on the wrong end of decisions. Togo are unlucky not to be winning this, they've been the better team in the past 20 minutes and really should have had that spot-kick three minutes ago.

    Tunisia only need one goal, remember.

  31. 1828: 
    GOAL- Algeria 2-0 Ivory Coast - Hilal Soudani (70 mins)

    Substitute Sofiane Feghouli turns provider as he delivers an excellent cross from the right wing for Hilal Soudani to power in a header.

  32. 1827: 
    PENALTY APPEAL

    Togo should have a penalty, Adebayor steps around goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia, who brings him down. If it was a penalty, it was a red card. It should have been both but it's neither.

  33. 1826: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Emmanuel Adebayor almost puts Togo back in front, Floyd Ayite's cross picks out the Tottenham man brilliantly but his header hits the woodwork. Tunisia hanging on a bit here.

  34. 1822: 
    GOAL- Algeria 1-0 Ivory Coast - Sofiane Feghouli (64 mins)

    After handball is given against Arthur Bokam, Algeria get their first goal of the tournament courtesy of Sofiane Feghouli's excellent spot-kick.

    They will still finish bottom of the group nonetheless, while Ivory Coast are guaranteed top.

  35. 1822: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Dare Nibombe is booked for bringing down Youssef Msakni just outside the box. Unfortunately for him and referee Daniel Bennett, it was Serge Akakpo who commited the foul.

  36. 1820: 
    PENALTY- Penalty to Algeria
  37. 1819: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Olamide Abiola on Twitter: "We'll have a Ghana v Ivory Coast final, with Ghana winning on penalties."

    Gosten Jossard ‏on Twitter: "No Yaya Toure or Gervinho on the pitch and Ivory Coast look very weak."

    Ben Lund ‏on Twitter: "The pitch at the Togo match reminds me of Goodison Park in the early '90s."

  38. 1819: 

    Togo have a big chance, Emmanuel Adebayor squares the ball for Komlan Amewou, but he fails to make proper contact with the ball. I wonder if the sand might have been a factor there.

  39. 1818: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Tunisia coach Sabi Trabelsi makes an attacking change, Evian forward Zouheir Dhaouadi coming on for Wahbi Khazri.

  40. 1817: 
    PENALTY APPEAL

    Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor wants a penalty as he goes down under pressure from Walid Hichri. He was probably looking for it but there was contact and if the first penalty was given....

  41. 1815: 

    Really important tackle by Aymen Abdennour possibly saves Tunisia here. Floyd Ayite delays his shot and as he's pulling the trigger, the Carthage Eagles defender gets the block in.

  42. 1813: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Serge Gakpe, meet yellow card. The Togo man fouls Youssef Msakni and is booked.

  43. 1810: 

    In the Algeria v Ivory Coast game, terrible goalkeeping from Daniel Yeboah - who has not had a good game - as he wanders outside the box with ball in hand and the referee rightly awards a free-kick to Algeria. Ryad Boudebouz fires at the wall - he is also having a match to forget.

  44. 1810: 

    Just a reminder that a draw sees Togo through to the quarter-final against Burkina Faso. Tunisia need to win.

  45. 1808: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Let us know your thoughts on the #AFCON so far - tweet #BBCAFCON or text 81111 or +44 77 86 20 50 75 (international).

  46. 1807: 
    PENALTY APPEAL

    Tunisia should have a penalty as Vincent Bossou brings down Oussama Darragi in the penalty area but referee Daniel Bennett is not having any of it. Both players went down injured but now seem OK.

  47. 1806: 

    Algeria have another great chance to take the lead against Ivory Coast as Ryad Boudebouz's free-kick is flicked on to Essaid Belkalem at the back post but he heads straight at the keeper.

  48. 1803: 
    KICK-OFF

    We're under way in the Togo-Tunisia match at Nelspruit and between Ivory Coast and Algeria in Rustenburg.

  49. 1759: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Gibson A Lee on Twitter: "There's a power shift from North Africa to West Africa now. As a Nigerian that's good news indeed."

    William Yavoi ‏on Twitter: "Togo v Tunisia - where are the fans?? This is the emptiest stadium I have seen."

    Hafiz Braimah ‏on Twitter: "I hope this is the last game to be played on this pitch. It takes the flow from the game..."

  50. 1757: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Stella Bakibinga on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "This is beach soccer - a lot of sand!"

    Hammed Qassim on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "The underdogs have proved the pundits wrong. Togo are about to show that once again."

    Afam Christopher Alagbaoso on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "C'mon Togo! Complete the West African domination."

  51. 1756: 

    Not long to go until the second half now - Sami Trabelsi's Tunisia need a goal but I'd imagine he will wait a few minutes before making any changes after their impressive end to that half.

  52. 1748: 
    HALF-TIME- Algeria 0-0 Ivory Coast

    All square in Rustenburg. Algeria will be disappointed that they didn't score their first goal of the tournament and they won't get a better chance than a penalty. Ivory Coast are strolling, just a couple of Salomon Kalou chances and a Didier Drogba free-kick to show for their efforts.

  53. 1747: 
    Didier Drogba battles for possession

    Ivory Coast are still searching for the breakthrough against Algeria, but Didier Drogba is back in the side after sitting out their previous match and a goal for him could earn him a starting place for his side's quarter-final.

  54. 1746: 
    HALF-TIME- Togo 1-1 Tunisia

    Half-time in Nelspruit. Togo started the half by far the brighter, but Tunisia ended it in control. However it is still the Sparrow Hawks of Togo in position to qualify.

  55. 1743: 

    Brilliant play by Togo keeper Kossi Agassa, he catches a corner easily then lumps the ball forward to Floyd Ayite, who wins a free-kick 25 yards from goal. That is how to relieve pressure.

  56. 1741: 

    Tunisia are looking the better side, Sami Trabelsi will be pleased with how it's going so far - even if they do need to score another goal.

  57. 1739: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Youssef Msakni goes into the book for Tunisia. He brought down Komlan Amewou but if that's a booking, then we'd have several red cards in every game.

  58. 1738: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ben Lund on Twitter: "Tunisia lucky to have only conceded one so far. Too high a back line. They'll get punished if keep these tactics!"

  59. 1737: 

    Poor play by Togo, they have some momentum going in an attack but Komlan Amewou delays his pass and when he eventually plays it, Floyd Ayite mis-controls the ball and it goes out for a throw-in.

  60. 1735: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Nicolas Ibo on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "As it stands, other than South Africa, this championship is about to turn into a WAFU Cup."

    The WAFU Cup is for countries from West Africa.

  61. 1734: 

    Matt Graham on Twitter: "That penalty was softer than a marshmallow on a campfire."

  62. 1733: 

    As things stand, it is still Togo who would reach the quarter-finals. But Tunisia only need one goal now to go through instead of the Sparrow Hawks.

  63. 1732: 

    It was the kind of shove you see go unpunished dozens of times in a game - but if you don't want to concede a penalty, don't manhandle your opponents...

  64. 1730: 
    GOAL- Togo 1-1 Tunisia - Khaled Mouelhi (30 mins)

    Game on. Khaled Mouelhi lets goalkeeper Kossi Agassa make the first move and he side-foots the ball calmly into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

  65. 1729: 
    PENALTY- Penalty to Tunisia

    Tunisia have a way back into this game, Walid Hichri going down easily under pressure from Dare Nibombe.

  66. 1728: 
    BBC Sport's John Bennett at Algeria v Ivory Coast

    "Not far wide from Didier Drogba. This might just be the game he needs to get some sharpness back."

  67. 1727: 
    BBC Sport's John Bennett at Algeria v Ivory Coast

    "Didier Drogba starting to make an impact. Coming deep to get the ball. Just won a dangerous free-kick, which he will take."

  68. 1726: 
    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Togo may be leading, but they would have been 2-0 ahead if Emmanuel Adebayor had converted rather than shooting wide from inside the box.

  69. 1726: 

    Wahbi Kharzi has a go for Tunisia from 30 or 35 yards with a free-kick but it bounces into Kossi Agassa's arms. They are starting to look better.

  70. 1723: 

    Saber Khlifa thinks he's in here for Tunisia. But the referee deems he has nudged Vincent Bossou. I'm really not sure he did. Massive let-off for the Sparrow Hawks.

  71. 1721: 

    Tunisia are playing a ludicrously high line and they should be 2-0 down. They were all on the halfway line or higher up and a counter attack sees Serge Gakpe pull the ball back for Emmanuel Adebayor, who fires wide.

  72. 1719: 

    The sand is literally flying in the air as the tackles are coming in at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. It's like a waterlogged pitch. But with sand.

  73. 1718: 

    In Rustenburg, a long ball over the top hits the back of Didier Drogba and drops for Salomon Kalou, who jinks one way and then the other before lashing the ball high over the bar. A good chance wasted by Ivory Coast.

  74. 1718: 

    And as I type that Youssef Msakni has a chance for Tunisia but he fires into Kossi Agassa's hands.

    Msakni, known as Little Mozart, scored the Carthage Eagles' winner in the opening game with Algeria.

  75. 1717: 

    Tunisia will have to change something because at this moment in time Togo are in control in Nelspruit.

  76. 1714: 

    Tunisia now need to score two goals or else all the North African contingent will have gone out in the group stages of the Africa Cup of Nations.

  77. 1712: 
    GOAL- Togo 1-0 Tunisia - Serge Gakpe (13 mins)

    Emmanuel Adebayor may have missed a good chance a couple of minutes but he's set up Togo's opener. He plays through the pacy Serge Gakpe, who may have been offside, and the Nantes man fires home past Moez Ben Cherifia.

  78. 1712: 
    GET INVOLVED

    King Richard Makasi Lungile on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Algeria are just like Netherlands in Euro 2012 - they will bow out without a win in this Group of Death."

    Byakatonda Bosco on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Togo have now woken up but for a couple of minutes they were asleep."

    Sambou J Sinera on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "I'd love to see one of the West African teams win this competition. It's been a while since we won..."

  79. 1712: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Khaled Mouelhi is booked for Tunisia after ploughing down Mamah Gaffar.

  80. 1710: 

    Emmanuel Adebayor should have put Togo ahead. Floyd Ayite pulls the ball back to the Tottenham striker after some poor defending by Tunisia and he tries to pass the ball into the net. It goes wide.

  81. 1706: 
    MISSED PENALTY

    Algeria win a penalty in their game with the Ivory Coast but Ryad Boudebouz smashes the spot-kick against the post and the Elephants escape.

    Justice may have been done as Ismael Traore's challenge that brought down Hilal Soudani looked like it might have been just outside the box.

  82. 1706: 

    Togo have the first chance, Serge Gakpe crosses the ball to Floyd Ayite but the ball is cut out just in time.

  83. 1704: 

    It looks like a sandy pitch in Nelspruit, no knee-sliding celebrations on this pitch I predict.

  84. 1703: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dan Takyi ‏on Twitter: "Togo v Tunisia, the final group game of the tournament. Let's hope it's as good as the others."

    Joshua Munro ‏on Twitter: "I'm going to go for a 2-0 win for Ivory Coast. They've put out another strong team and will bring home the three points!"

    Okwoche ‏on Twitter: "The stadium is the emptiest I've seen during this tournament!"

  85. 1701: 

    Early need for Togo keeper Kossi Agassa to come out of his box to head the ball clear just before Saber Khlifa pounced.

  86. 1701: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Let us know your thoughts on the #AFCON so far - tweet #BBCAFCON or text 81111 or +44 77 86 20 50 75 (international).

  87. 1655: 

    National anthems time between Togo and Tunisia in Nelspruit.

  88. 1653: 
    LINE-UPS

    Togo: Agassa, Djene, Nibombe, Bossou, Akakpo, Mamah, Amewou, Floyd Ayite, Romao, Adebayor, Gakpe. Subs: Atsu, Wome, Salifou, Jonathan Ayite, Mani, Ouro-Akoriko, Segbefia, Placca, Ametepe, Donou, Damessi, Tchagouni.

    Tunisia: Ben Cherifia, Hichri, Abdennour, Chammam, Khazri, Mouelhi, Traoui, Hammami, Darragi, M'Sakni, Khelifa. Subs: Ben Mustapha, Ifa, Baratli, Dhaouadi, Gharbi, Harbaoui, Ben Youssef, Ben Yahia, Dhaouadi, Jemaa, Boussaidi, Mathlouthi.

    Referee: Daniel Bennet (South Africa)

  89. 1652: 
    LINE-UPS

    Algeria: M'Bolhi, Halliche, Mesbah, Belkalem, Mostefa, Boudebouz, Lemmouchia, Guedioura, Lacen, Soudani, Slimani. Subs: Doukha, Cadamuro, Feghouli, Bouazza, Medjani, Aoudia, Kadir, Bezzaz, Tedjar, Ghoulam, Rial, Si Mohamed.

    Ivory Coast: Yeboah, Boka, Ismael Traore, Toure, Lolo, Romaric, Razak, Kalou, Bony, Kone, Drogba. Subs: Barry, Zokora, Tiote, Gervinho, Konan, Gradel, Tiene, Lacina Traore, Toure, Eboue, Bamba, Ali Sangare.

    Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)

  90. 1651: 
    GET INVOLVED

    George Gitere on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Togo should go through. They have been a better side than Tunisia in this tournament. They deserve it."

    Nana Yaw Kesse on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Drogba is Drogba! He's not a spent force."

    Ugo Bernard on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "He is there to lead the younger ones."

  91. 1651: 

    So with the games approaching, just a reminder of who needs to do what. No complicated Fair Play coefficients will come into the equation today.

    If Togo win or draw their game with Tunisia they go through. If the Carthage Eagles win, they are into the quarter-finals and the Sparrow Hawks are out.

    Ivory Coast's match with Algeria will make no difference to the group - the Elephants have already won the group after winning their opening two games, while the Desert Foxes are bottom regardless of the result after losing both matches so far.

  92. 1647: 

    Another boost for the second-placed team in this group, Togo or Tunisia, is that Sunday's quarter-final opponents are without their star man.

    Burkina Faso striker Alain Traore has been ruled out of the tournament with a thigh injury he suffered in Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Zambia.

    "Alain's chances of continuing in this Nations Cup are minus 10%," team doctor Romaric Toe said.

    I'm no mathematician but that is a very low chance.

  93. 1641: 
    BBC Sport's John Bennett in Rustenburg

    "So is Drogba's inclusion in this reserve side an indication that he is no longer first choice? Or is it because he needs more game time?"

  94. 1640: 

    There had been rumours circulating that Burkina Faso could be kicked out of the quarter-finals after fielding an ineligible player.

    But BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon in South Africa has tweeted: "#Zambia fans hearing reprieve rumours are being misled: NO hint #Burkina used ineligible player + Zambia gone and NOT returning"

  95. 1637: 

    Striker Didier Drogba starts for the Ivory Coast, who have named a weakened squad with Sunday's quarter-final against Nigeria in mind.

    Algeria have dropped Sofiane Feghouli and Foued Kadir as they look for their first and only points of the tournament.

  96. 1636: 

    For Togo, Moustapha Salifou and Jonathan Ayite drop out. Vincent Bossou and Ayite's brother, Floyd, come in.

    There are three switches for Tunisia, with Oussama Darragi, Walid Hichri and Wahbi Khazri replacing Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Bilel Ifa and Anis Boussaidi. Youssef Msakni does start despite his angina problems.

  97. 1631: 

    For the fifth Africa Cup of Nations in a row, Ivory Coast are the favourites to win. It is likely to be the final international tournament for Didier Drogba, the BBC's African Footballer of the Year in 2009.

    The 34-year-old has scored 10 Cup of Nations goals but he has bad history with finals in this tournament - he missed penalties in the 2006 and 2012 deciders, both ending in shoot-out defeats.

    The Chelsea legend started the opening win over Togo but was unimpressive and was a substitute in the 3-0 win over Tunisia. Those are his only competitive games since the Chinese season ended in November.

  98. 1628: 

    Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi will rotate his side as they prepare for Sunday's quarter-final against Nigeria.

    Striker Didier Drogba, who has become the subject of a dispute between Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray while in South Africa, could return to the starting line-up.

    Algeria, who are already eliminated, have not reported any new injuries.

  99. 1627: 

    If you need reminding, 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 competition'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 for the quarter-finals. The tournament then concludes on 10 February with the final.

    Ivory Coast are the favourites again. Zambia are the holders, although they are already on their way home after finishing third in Group C.

  100. 1626: 
    GET INVOLVED

    This is around the time I ask you to feed me your thoughts, like I am a lamb and you have oats in your hand. (The oats are your opinions in this metaphor). Feel free to tell me anything - do you think Togo or Tunisia will be celebrating come 19:00 GMT? Who do you think is going to win the whole thing? How do you think the tournament has gone so far?

    You can try to send me the information through the power of your mind but I'm not particularly receptive to psychic information so it might be easier if you use social media or text messages. You can get through to me 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.

  101. 1624: 

    Tunisia are hopeful that midfielder Youssef Msakni, their hero in the 1-0 win over Algeria in their first fixture, will play despite suffering from angina.

    Coach Sami Trabelsi said: "All the team are fine, except Msakni, who had quite a strong case of angina.

    "He trained alone with the doctor when we arrived here (on Sunday). For Monday's session he trained with a group of injured players.

    "But I'm not worried about him."

  102. 1624: 

    Togo were nearly not at this tournament. They refused to play in 2010 after a machine gun attack on their bus two days before the tournament opener killed two members of their party and as a result they were banned by the Confederation of African Football for the 2012 and 2013 events. This was later overturned on appeal although they failed to qualify for last year's tournament.

    Even closer to missing this tournament was Adebayor. The 28-year-old Tottenham striker, who retired from international football following the 2010 bus attacks before returning a year later, was left out of Didier Six's initial squad for the tournament following a row about bonuses. He was included after their football federation's president stepped in.

  103. 1622: 

    Togo have never been to the quarter-finals in the Africa Cup of Nations before.

    Talismanic captain Emmanuel Adebayor will again be their key figure, while Dove Wome, who scored in their 2-0 win over Algeria last time out, is expected to shake off a knock.

    Their coach, Didier Six, said: "I don't have a team which plays defensive football, the spirit of my players on the pitch is to win. Yes, mathematically, we need only one point, but the reality of our football is not to be content with that. We'll be going for the win.

    "This is an extraordinary day for Togo. We must not hide from the reality that this is the group of death, and now we have a chance to progress on Tuesday."

  104. 1622: 

    How are the BBC covering the tournament, I hear you ask? You can follow every day of the Africa Cup of Nations on radio, TV, online and mobile.

    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 are running a live text, like this one, for every game on the BBC Sport website.

    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.

    If you've digested that information, let's power on.

  105. 1619: 

    All three groups have come down to the wire so far, a last-minute goal in any of the groups would have changed the fates of the teams involved - and indeed in one of the games it did.

    Group A was won by South Africa and they were joined by Cape Verde, courtesy of a Heldon goal in the 90th minute. That group for 60 seconds in the last 10 minutes was set to be decided by which team had the fewest bookings.

    Ghana won Group B, with Mali finishing second thanks to their draw against DR Congo, who would have qualified had they scored a winner.

    Burkina Faso finished top of Group C thanks to their goalless draw with Zambia. The holders would have gone through had they won that game. Nigeria finished second courtesy of Victor Moses' two late penalties against Ethiopia - without the Chelsea winger's brace, they would have gone out because they had more yellow cards than Zambia.

  106. 1618: 

    As a result I will be focusing on the Togo v Tunisia game, while bringing you the key events from Algeria and Ivory Coast, including the thoughts of my colleague, John Bennett, who is at the game in Rustenburg.

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    We have two games on Wednesday - Ivory Coast v Algeria and Togo against Tunisia, with both matches kicking off at 17:00 GMT.

    Ivory Coast are already through as group winners (they will face Nigeria in the knockout stages), while Algeria are already out - making their game effectively a dead rubber.

    However, Togo's game against Tunisia in Nelspruit is a winner-takes-all affair as both teams are on three points in the group. A draw will do Togo as they have a better goal difference.

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    Welcome to day 12 of the Africa Cup of Nations and the conclusion of Group D. We know seven of the eight quarter-finalists but will it be Togo or Tunisia making up the octet?

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