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Nigerians erupt with joy after long wait for title

Nigerians frustrated by years of waiting for their football team to again play to its potential erupted with screams of joy and celebration Sunday as the country clinched the African Cup of Nations.

POWER HEADER: Aristide Bance of Burkina Faso beats Ghana’s Derek Boateng to the ball in their Africa Cup of Nations semifinal match at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Wednesday. The Burkinabe meet Nigeria in Sunday’s final in Johannesburg after winning 3-2 on penalties. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Stallions gallop on

BURKINA Faso’s extraordinary progress to the Nations Cup is the stuff of fairytale, exemplified by the personal trauma of their coach, the loss of their best player, a bizarre refereeing experience and having to play on a virtual sandpit.


The finale for Nigeria

THE superior Super Eagles of Nigeria demolished the Mali’s Eagles 4-1 to book a place in the Africa Cup of Nations final for the first time since cohosting the tournament with Ghana 13 years ago.

KNOCKOUT BLOW: Dejected Bafana Bafana players at the end of their Africa Cup of Nations hope when Mali fired their way through to the semifinal stage after a penalty shootout. South Africa took an early lead, only to  see the match drawn at full time when they were forced to play extra time and  suffered defeat in the shootout. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Vanquished with dignity

BAFANA Bafana coach Gordon Igesund sees a bright future for the current group of players who exited the Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-1 penalties defeat against Mali in Saturday night’s quarterfinal at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

SA’s moment of  truth has arrived

SA’s moment of truth has arrived

BEFORE the Africa Cup of Nations began, few people predicted that South Africa would make it to the quarterfinals let alone the spirited manner in which they qualified.


Duo back for a gunfight

SIBONISO Gaxa and Kagisho Dikgacoi are ready to step into the breach for Bafana Bafana against a big, physical Mali in Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal at Moses Mabhida Stadium.


No easy ride for Bafana

BAFANA should regard their next opponents, Mali, as a Cape Verde with more experience, but mentally fragile.

KEY STRIKE: Dove Wome of Togo scores a goal while challenged by Djamel Mesbah of Algeria during their match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Wome’s goal could prove pivotal to Togo’s hopes. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Togolese have the edge over Tunisia

HE PROBABLY wasn’t aware of it at the time, but substitute Dove Wome’s goal in the third minute of injury time in Togo’s 2-0 win over Algeria could prove priceless.

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