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Real_Mardin

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Jan 13, 2024, 8:11:04 AMJan 13
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The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations starts today in the year 2024 as it was postponed due to adverse summer flooding in the host nation Ivory Coast.

The opening match is tonight at 8pm GMT (9pm CET, 3pm EST) when Ivory Coast take on Guinea-Bissau in the 60000 capacity Alassane Ouattara Stadium (also known as the Olympic Stadium of Epimbe).

The AFCON, more than any other international tournament I can think of, feels like it should be granted the REAL FOOTBALL seal of approval. Closely fought matches between teams usually not blessed with super star players, fans in the stadium playing traditional music and beating drums, stadiums with running tracks around them which give a sort of 70's to 90's World Cup retro appeal.

Except every AFCON I remember watching of late has been mainly played to largely empty stadiums as they price ticket prices so high as to effectively shut locals out from paying to attend any game not involving the host nation, so perhaps not. Let's hope the ticket prices suit local wallets better this time.

Let's use this thread for match reports and scores.

Happy AFCON, everyone!


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 13, 2024, 12:31:42 PMJan 13
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Real_Mardin wrote:

> Except every AFCON I remember watching of late has been mainly played to largely empty stadiums as they price ticket prices so high as to effectively shut locals out from paying to attend any game not involving the host nation, so perhaps not. Let's hope the ticket prices suit local wallets better this time.

For the group stages the cheapest ticket is 5000 FCFA (up from 3000 in 2022) but the most expensive ticket is 15000 FCA (down from 20000). Hard to find a lot of information about the average salary in Ivory Coast but from what I can find online and doing some admittedly rough calculations the cheapest ticket would appear to be many more times the average daily wage.

Or to look at it another way: the cheapest ticket is equivalent to $8 in a country where 11% of people live off less than $2.15 per day and 75.6% live off less than $6.85 per day.

I think this points to a lot of empty stadiums in the matches not involving Ivory Coast? Perhaps some neighbouring nations like Ghana, Guinea, Mali and Burkina Faso might take enough travelling support to make the ground fuller, as might a continental power house like Egypt?


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 13, 2024, 1:56:02 PMJan 13
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STOP PRESS

Ivory Coast v Guinea Bissau is live on BBC 3 (free to air)

BBC showing selected matches, apparently.

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Real_Mardin

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Jan 13, 2024, 3:02:02 PMJan 13
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Alassane Ouattara Stadium looks great, as good as any ground you’d see in Western Europe.


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 13, 2024, 3:16:59 PMJan 13
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And Ivory Coast go 1-0 up when Fofana shields the ball from two defenders and finds the back of the net from just inside the area! 5 minutes played.


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 13, 2024, 4:32:06 PMJan 13
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59 minutes, Krasso basically plays keepy up in the area then does a sort of falling side volley (?) to put Ivory Cosst 2-0 up!

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Real_Mardin

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Jan 13, 2024, 5:21:05 PMJan 13
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FT: Ivory Coast 2 - Guinea Bissau 0


Tomorrow's fixtures:

Nigeria - Equatorial Guinea

Egypt - Mozambique

Ghana - Cape Verde


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Futbolmetrix

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Jan 14, 2024, 7:06:07 AMJan 14
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Real_Mardin wrote:

> FT: Ivory Coast 2 - Guinea Bissau 0


Thanks for the report and posting the results. Will try to catch some games if possible.

Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 9:37:32 AMJan 14
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Group A

Nigeria 0 - Equatorial Guinea 0 33 minutes

After yesterday’s near full house we’re back to the usual AFCON image of a near empty stadium. The tickets ate just priced too expensive for local people to go to a match they don’t have a vested interest in.

Believe it or not this is the same 60000 capacity stadium from yesterday, not that you would recognise it from today’s rows of empty seats.

Osimhen has come close for Nigeria a couple of times. Is it only a matter of time before the Super Eagles take the lead?


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 9:46:59 AMJan 14
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And as soon as I suggest Nigeria will take the lead Equatorial Guinea work the ball into the box, Edu shoots from just inside the area to put the National Thunder (not it’s not a heavy metal band name, it’s their nickname) 1-0 up.

Then Nigeria respond with a cross from the left which Osimhen heads in at the far post to equalise!

39 minutes Nigeria 1 - Equatorial Guinea 1. Who needs fans?


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 9:56:11 AMJan 14
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HT:

Nigeria 1 - Equatorial Guinea 1


Equatorial Guinea’s kit would make a great Italy away kit: white with blue trim, and the Tricolore colours under the collar.


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 10:31:08 AMJan 14
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65 minutes- still 1-1 but Nigeria have forced a couple of good saves from the Equatorial Guinea keeper.


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 10:37:29 AMJan 14
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The cameras show fans of both sides partying in the stands, there just seems to be hardly any local fans to make up the numbers.


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 10:41:04 AMJan 14
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75 minutes- Nigeria put Osmhen through one on one, somehow he puts his shot wide. How did he miss that?


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 11:02:16 AMJan 14
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FT: Nigeria 1 - Equatorial Guinea 1

It was all Nigeria in the second half but they just couldn’t put away their chances.

A result that gives Ivory Coast the advantage in Group A.


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 12:01:17 PMJan 14
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Welcome to a largely empty Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium for an AFCON 2023(4) Group B double header! Egypt v Mozambique followed by Ghana v Cape Verde! What better way to spend a Sunday evening?

Egypt are in their traditional red shirts with black trim, Mozambique are wearing a Borussia Dortmund style yellow shirts with black trim.


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 12:06:05 PMJan 14
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Only a minute gone and the former Galatasaray forward Mostafa Mohammed turns and shoots in the area to put Egypt 1-0 up!


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 12:26:33 PMJan 14
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Mozambique are having some attacking possession here. Is an equaliser on the cards?

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Binder Dundat

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Jan 14, 2024, 12:34:19 PMJan 14
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Very quiet stadium, I thought maybe more Egyptians would have traveled.

I actually just switched over from the #ManuTOT match. Lily White would
be happy to see Spurs are at least trying to play Spurs football. Timo
Werner started and he has not missed a beat.

Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 12:56:04 PMJan 14
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HT: Egypt 1 - Mozambique 0


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 1:02:09 PMJan 14
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Please don’t pollute the AFCON thread by talking about Premier League matches. We’re trying to cover REAL FOOTBALL here!

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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 1:21:10 PMJan 14
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Quembo has the ball crossed to him from the right and heads powerfully into the net! 1-1 57 minutes!


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 1:26:04 PMJan 14
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And now it’s 2-1 to Mozambique! Baque (sp?) received a low pass from midfield, rides a sliding tackle and shoots low past the keeper!

60 minutes.

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Binder Dundat

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Jan 14, 2024, 1:29:31 PMJan 14
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Whaaat EGY 1 - 2 Moz?

Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 1:39:01 PMJan 14
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Yes, the Mambas are strangling the Pharaohs!

Mozambique’s AFCON record before today: P 12 W 0 D 2 L 10

Can they make history?


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 1:57:02 PMJan 14
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VAR to Egypt’s rescue? Penalty awarded in injury time for a high tackle, although as far as I could see both plays went in high and took each other out.

Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 2:01:11 PMJan 14
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Salah’s penalty hits the post but bounces in to make it 2-2.

Lucky Egypt, thst didn’t look a penalty to me.

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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 2:06:07 PMJan 14
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Injustica!

FT: Egypt 2 - Mozambique 2

Mozambique can hold their heads high, they were only minutes from their first AFCON win, and against the most successful AFCON team too.

Egypt lucky but have still given Ghana a great chance to take the lead in Group B tonight.


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 3:02:33 PMJan 14
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The Black Stars of Ghana are about to take on the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde. The stadium looks a little fuller for the second part of this Group B double header.

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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 3:21:08 PMJan 14
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It’s been all Cape Verde so far and they’re rewarded with a goal on 16 minutes when the keeper parried Cabrao’s shot into the path of Montero for a comfortable finish! The Blue Sharks are 1-0 up!

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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 3:47:29 PMJan 14
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Ghana looked to have equalised with a shot outside the area but VAR says there was a Ghana player in the box impeding the keeper’s view - no goal!

Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 3:56:03 PMJan 14
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HT: Ghana 0 - Cape Verde 1

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Jesper Lauridsen

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Jan 14, 2024, 4:19:58 PMJan 14
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Mozambique has Ratifo, of 1. CfR Pforzheim in Oberliga
Baden-Württemberg, up front. Who does Egypt have?

Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 4:21:06 PMJan 14
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59 minutes Djiku heads in a free kick to equalise.

Ghana 1 - Cape Verde 1


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 4:32:16 PMJan 14
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Cape Verde bring on former Galatasaray and current Ankaragücü winger Garry Rodrigues- can he make the difference?

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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 4:36:06 PMJan 14
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72 minutes, Garry Rodrigues crosses, Bebe shoots.........Djiku clears off the line! So close for Cape Verde!

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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 4:47:10 PMJan 14
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In the last 10 minutes it’s Cape Verde knocking on Ghana’s door! This would be a great opportunity to take the lead in Group B over Egypt - can they make the breakthrough?


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 4:51:08 PMJan 14
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89 minutes Garry Rodrigues through one on one but the Ghana keeper parries his shot away! So close!

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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 4:56:04 PMJan 14
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The Blue Sharks bite in injury time! Ghana make a mess of clearing the ball from their area and it falls to Garry Rodrigues for a simple tap in! Ghana 1 - Cape Verde 2! The Cape Verde players celebrate by climbing the stairs of the stand as if they have just won the FA Cup!


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 14, 2024, 5:06:05 PMJan 14
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It’s over! We’ve seen the first shock result of the tournament as Cape Verde beat Ghana 2-1. Cape Verde now lead Group B!

This was a double header played at the same stadium, Egypt- Mozambique was pretty deserted but travelling fans from both sides seemed to fill out the stands a bit more for this one.

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Werner Pichler

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Jan 15, 2024, 5:12:22 AMJan 15
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Real_Mardin <realma...@proton.me> wrote:
> Real_Mardin wrote:
>
>> Except every AFCON I remember watching of late
>> has been mainly played to largely empty stadiums
>> as they price ticket prices so high as to effectively
>> shut locals out from paying to attend any game
>> not involving the host nation, so perhaps not.
>> Let's hope the ticket prices suit local wallets
>> better this time.
>
> For the group stages the cheapest ticket is 5000
> FCFA (up from 3000 in 2022) but the most
> expensive ticket is 15000 FCA (down from 20000).
> Hard to find a lot of information about the average
> salary in Ivory Coast but from what I can find online
> and doing some admittedly rough calculations the
> cheapest ticket would appear to be many more
> times the average daily wage.
>
> Or to look at it another way: the cheapest ticket is
> equivalent to $8 in a country where 11% of people
> live off less than $2.15 per day and 75.6% live off
> less than $6.85 per day.
>
> I think this points to a lot of empty stadiums in the
> matches not involving Ivory Coast? Perhaps some
> neighbouring nations like Ghana, Guinea, Mali and
> Burkina Faso might take enough travelling support
> to make the ground fuller, as might a continental
> power house like Egypt?


I’m sorry, but in a stadium that has seen two fatal
crowd crushes in the last 15 years, and just two years
after eight people have been trampled to death at the same competition, I
cannot help but be rather
relieved to see the stands less than packed.

Ciao,
Werner

Real_Mardin

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Jan 15, 2024, 6:06:14 AMJan 15
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Ouch.

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Real_Mardin

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Jan 15, 2024, 9:06:09 AMJan 15
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Welcome to the Charles Konan Banny Stadium in Yamoussoukro for an AFCON 2023(4) Group C double header! First up we have Senegal v The Gambia and those of you who don’t like to see CAF grounds overcrowded will be delighted to hear the newly built 20000 capacity stadium is largely empty!


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 15, 2024, 9:11:06 AMJan 15
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Senegal take the lead after 3 minutes after the pass the ball around in the box and Gueye shoots low past the keeper!


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Ion Saliu

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Jan 15, 2024, 9:26:43 AMJan 15
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On Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 3:11:04 PM UTC+2, Real_Mardin wrote:
> The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations starts today in the year 2024 as it was postponed due to adverse summer flooding in the host nation Ivory Coast.
>
> The opening match is tonight at 8pm GMT (9pm CET, 3pm EST) when Ivory Coast take on Guinea-Bissau in the 60000 capacity Alassane Ouattara Stadium (also known as the Olympic Stadium of Epimbe).
>
> The AFCON, more than any other international tournament I can think of, feels like it should be granted the REAL FOOTBALL seal of approval. Closely fought matches between teams usually not blessed with super star players, fans in the stadium playing traditional music and beating drums, stadiums with running tracks around them which give a sort of 70's to 90's World Cup retro appeal.
>
> Except every AFCON I remember watching of late has been mainly played to largely empty stadiums as they price ticket prices so high as to effectively shut locals out from paying to attend any game not involving the host nation, so perhaps not. Let's hope the ticket prices suit local wallets better this time.
>
> Let's use this thread for match reports and scores.
>
> Happy AFCON, everyone!
>
>
> RM

Africa Cup of Nations will become the best competition in the world of football (soccer). Maybe in a decade. I’m watching Senegal v Gambia. 1-0 Sadio Mané. Plenty of stars from European top championships (some in Saudi Arabia now… for huge money!)

Ion Saliu

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Jan 15, 2024, 9:48:27 AMJan 15
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OK, OK. The West Europeans will continue their sports colonialism. They simply naturalize the great African footballers! Look at Team France! All “French” Africans should be playing for the African nations of their ancestors. The same in the case of England… and all European nations with a colonial past. Maybe FIFA can implement a different policy, as radical as it might look.

Granted, the best coaches will be European for some time to come! Tradition, mind you!

Technical issues now Senegal v Gambia. Yup, it’ll take a while for Africa to catch up technologically. May Almighty Number give them a divine hand!

Ion “Axiomatic Parpaluck” Saliu
Founder of Philosophical Science of Sport
• • https://saliu.com/almighty_number.html

Blueshirt

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Jan 15, 2024, 10:05:44 AMJan 15
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When they can sort out the problem of people pulling the cables out
of the broadcasting feed! ;-)

Real_Mardin

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Jan 15, 2024, 10:11:12 AMJan 15
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The Sky Sports broadcast lost picture about 20 minutes or so in and googling it seems Supersport in Africa has had the same problem. Google is reporting the half time score as Senegal 1 - The Gambia 0.

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Ion Saliu

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Jan 15, 2024, 10:23:23 AMJan 15
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On Monday, January 15, 2024 at 5:11:12 PM UTC+2, Real_Mardin wrote:
> The Sky Sports broadcast lost picture about 20 minutes or so in and googling it seems Supersport in Africa has had the same problem. Google is reporting the half time score as Senegal 1 - The Gambia 0.
>
> RM

Problems solved. Senegal v Gambia is back with the second half. Senegal 2-0. Game over.

Blueshirt

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Jan 15, 2024, 10:30:48 AMJan 15
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The broadcast feed for everyone went down... I missed a red card, a
second Senegal goal and Nicholas Jackson coming off the bench!

Real_Mardin

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Jan 15, 2024, 10:32:23 AMJan 15
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Sky Sports has the picture back and Camara shoots diagonally low past the keeper to put Senegal 2-0 up after 52 minutes!

There might not be many attendance but one group of supporters are playing Jazz style music which is making up for it, the unique sound which makes the AFCON!

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Real_Mardin

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Jan 15, 2024, 10:56:07 AMJan 15
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Camara places a beautiful shot from outside the area into the top corner to put Senegal 3 - 0 up!


87 minutes played.


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 15, 2024, 11:06:10 AMJan 15
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FT: Senegal 3 - The Gambia 0

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Real_Mardin

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Jan 15, 2024, 11:56:07 AMJan 15
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The stadium has filled out a little more for the second part of this Group C double header as Cameroon play Guinea (just how many Guineas are there in this tournament?!?). It’s the Indomitable Lions against the National Elephants!


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 15, 2024, 12:17:01 PMJan 15
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Guinea had just forced a save, Cameroon fail to clear the biall, some high pressing wins Guinea the ball back and Bayo fires past the keeper to put Guinea 1-0 up. 12 minutes played.


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Real_Mardin

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Jan 15, 2024, 1:02:06 PMJan 15
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HT Cameroon 0 - Guinea 1


Not been able to watch much of this but have seen enough to know it’s not going the Indomitable Lions’ way!

The Guinea captain has been sent off, which could be a bit of a leveller in the second half.


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