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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 January 2008, 21:36 GMT


Senegal 1-3 Angola
Match report

Tunisia 3-1 South Africa
Match report


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By Russell Barder

2132: That's your lot from me folks for this Africa Cup of Nations.

Paul Fletcher will be back to guide you through tomorrow's final Group A games, while I rest my aching hands after writing close to 20,000 words over these four days.

It's still all to play for in Group D, but that win over South Africa sees Tunisia climb to the top on goals scored.

Angola are still right in the hunt and a draw with the Tunisians in their final group game will see both teams qualify for the last eight.

Enjoy the rest of the tournament.

2123: "This Tunisian team have laid down a marker to all other teams in this tournament with this dominant performance."
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2119: FULL-TIME Tunisia 3-1 South Africa
Tunisia really did the damage in the first half with those three goals. Better performance from the South Africans in the second half but they were lacking a bit of spark up front and never really looked like getting themselves back into it.

2115: Three added minutes for South Africa to find two more goals.

2113: GOAL Tunisia 3-1 South Africa
Katlego Mphela pulls a goal back for South Africa as he prods home from close range. Surely too late for a comeback with only two minutes remaining?

2112: Majdi Traoui is carried off the pitch with what appears to be a stomach injury. He doesn't look in good shape, but Tunisia have used all their substitutions.

2107: The South Africa fans are doing all they can to will the ball into the back of the net. Unfortunately for them Elrio van Heerden can't find the target as he sends his right- foot shot over the bar when well placed.

2106: That's the last we'll see of Chikhaoui tonight as he is replaced by Issam Jemaa. Although he didn't score today, I'm sure we'll be hearing more of his name in the future.

2104: South Africa just can't get close enough to the Tunisian goal to cause any problems at the moment. Another long range effort goes sailing over the bar. They've only got just over 10 minutes to rescue something here.

2101: "Did Efan Ekoku ever score a goal for Nigeria throughout his career?"
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Our stats man comes up trumps again. Apparently, Ekoku scored six times in 20 appearances for Nigeria.

2059: The 21-year-old Chikhaoui is toying with South Africa at the moment. He's showing some neat little touches and flicks. On the evidence of this performance I don't think he'll be playing his club football in Zurich for much longer.

2052: Dos Santos will never have a better chance to score a hat-trick and he's now being replaced by Mehdi Ben Dhifallah.

2050: Dos Santos has a great chance to make it 4-0 to Tunisia. Yassine Chikhaoui powers down the right hand side and plays the ball back across goal for Dos Santos to tap into an empty net. Somehow he doesn't get a great connection on the ball and it is cleared.

2047: "The South African fans are still making noise and waving flags. Even a couple of goals will help South Africa reduce their goal difference and make their job easier in the final game."
BBC World Service's Nick Cavell in Tamale

2044: Just a glimmer of a chance for South Africa. Zuma nods the ball down to Thembinkosi Fanteni whose snap shot hits the side netting. That's his last action as Katlego Mphela comes on to replace him.

2040: Another interesting Africa Cup of Nations fact for you. The most goals scored in a single game is five, scored by Laurent Pokou as the Ivory Coast beat Ethiopia 6-1 in 1970.
Africa Cup of Nations records

2038: "Our hotel will be interesting tonight, The Senegal and Tunisia teams are both staying with us!"
BBC World Service's Nick Cavell in Tamale

2037: Sabeur Ben Frej is booked for time wasting as he deliberates over what to do with a free-kick. In the end he sends it straight into the wall.

2035: It's difficult to see South Africa coming back into this if they keep playing the way they are. Yassine Chikhaoui is causing all sorts of problems at the moment and South Africa are being restricted to long range efforts.

2032: (See 2010) Our resident statistician has found the answer to Torminator's earlier question on 606.

Mohamed Diab El-Attar (nickname al-Diba) scored four goals in the 1957 final for Egypt as they beat Ethiopia 4-0 in Khartoum. And that, we believe, is the first ever hat-trick scored at the Cup of Nations.

Only four teams (Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa and Sudan) entered the tournament, but South Africa were disqualified because of apartheid before the start, giving Ethiopia a bye to the final.

2030: One change for South Africa at half-time as Elrio van Heerden comes on for Lerato Chabangu. Tunisia are unchanged as the second-half gets under way.

2029: "I think it will be an advantage for African teams to have the chance to play in the Africa Cup of Nations before playing in the World Cup a few months later"
Former Nigeria striker and BBC pundit Efan Ekoku during the half-time 606 interactive forum

2015: HALF-TIME Tunisia 3-0 South Africa

2010: "Russell, who scored the first ever hat trick in the African cup of nations?"
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I'm working on it, in the meantime does anybody else know the answer?

2005: Morris nearly makes amends for his earlier mistake, but his flicked header clips the top of the bar.

2002: Goal Tunisia 3-0 South Africa
It's South Africa who having a "Lemerre" as they take a leaf out of Zambia's book of defending. A sloppy back pass from Nasief Morris allows an alert Dos Santos to steal in, round the keeper and coolly slot home for his second and Tunisia's third.

2000: GOAL Tunisia 2-0 South Africa
Chaouki Ben Saada makes it 2-0 to Tunisia. Dos Santos's shot across goal rebounds off the post and Ben Saada is on hand to tap the ball in.

1959: "Can you ever get such a party-like carnival in an European stadium? Viva Africa!"
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1956: Here's one to get you debating via the text and on 606: Will Euro 2008 be able to match the Cup of Nations for the sheer amount of goals and excitement that we have seen in Ghana?

1953: South Africa seem to have settled down after conceding that early goal, but they're yet to really test Hamdi Kasraoui in Tunisia's goal.

1951: "By the sound of things here in the stadium the local fans are cheering for South Africa."
BBC World Service's Nick Cavell in Tamale

1947: One final plug for what is happening at half-time.

We will be streaming a live forum from the BBC's Africa Cup of Nations TV coverage in the UK. Former Nigeria international Efan Ekoku and former Sierra Leone international Leroy Rosenior will be answering a selection of your questions.

Amongst other things they'll be discussing the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

You could get your question asked by simply posting it on our 606 forum.
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1943: "I see Tunisia beating SA and drawing with Angola in the last game"
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1936: GOAL Tunisia 1-0 South Africa
A great start for Tunisia as the Brazilian-born Francileudo Dos Santos gives them the lead inside 10 minutes. Another corner is cleared by the South Africa defence but the ball is whipped back in and met with a great diving header from Dos Santos. Moeneeb Josephs had no chance.

1935: South Africa's Sibusiso Zuma is the first to test Hamdi Kasraoui in Tunisia's goal.

1932: Good early pressure from Tunisia as they force three corners in quick succession.

1931: "The fans are so loud you could barely hear the national anthems. There is quite a big contingent of supporters from South Africa, while not many Tunisians have made the trip."
BBC World Service's Nick Cavell in Tamale

1930: The second of today's game is under way.

1925: The question on everyone's lips tonight is whether or not Tunisia are going to have a "Lemerre".

1918: TEAM NEWS:
Tunisia: Kasraoui, Haggui, Mikari, Ben Fredj, Jaidi, Ben Saada, Nafti, Mnari, Traoui, Chikhaoui, Santos.
Subs: Mathlouthi, Nefzi, Ghezal, El Bekri, Felhi, Meriah, Abdi, Zouaghi, Zaiem, Jemaa, Ben Dhifallah.

South Africa: Josephs, Masilela, Mokoena, Morris, Mhlongo, Moon, Modise, Pienaar, Chabangu, Zuma, Fanteni.
Subs: Fernandez, Khune, Fransman, Nhlapo, Evans, Dikgacoi, Van Heerden, Tshabalala, Davids, Mphela, Moriri, Walaza.

1908: Tunisia play South Africa in the final fixture of the day - and both sides go into the match with one point.

Carthage Eagles, of course, won the tournament on home soil in 2004 while Bafana Bafana host the next World Cup, in 2010.

Tunisia striker Armine Chermiti will be missing. Midfielder Mehdi Nafti is back in the squad after missing the opening game through injury.

South Africa are likely to replace Surprise Moriri and Siphwe Shabalala with Thembinkosi Fanteni and Lerato Chabangu.

1857: At half-time in the Tunisia-South Africa game, we will be streaming a live forum from the BBC's Africa Cup of Nations TV coverage in the UK.

Presenter Manish Bhasin will be joined in the studio by former Nigeria international Efan Ekoku and former Sierra Leone international Leroy Rosenior.

Amongst other things they'll be discussing the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

You could get your question asked by simply posting it on our 606 forum.
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1852: FULL-TIME Senegal 1-3 Angola
A great win for Angola. It's only their second ever victory at the Africa Nations Cup and it's fully deserved. I suppose you could say that was your typical game of two halves.

Senegal were the better side in the first period and went in 1-0 up, but cue Manucho and Angola's fight back after the break.

1847: Angola aren't happy to settle for three goals. Flavio shows some neat touches before trying to tee up Mateus, but Diawara is on hand to head clear. Four minutes of added time.

1845: No hat-trick for Manucho today as he is replaced by Manuel "Loco" Cange for the final few minutes.

1842: Souleymane Diawara chops down Mateus Costa as he bursts down the left. Yellow card for Diawara and a sore ankle for Mateus.

1840: "We're in the commentary box and the Senegal flag that is hanging blow their fans is the biggest I have seen."
BBC World Service's Nick Cavell at the Tamale Sports Stadium

1835: GOAL Senegal 1-3 Angola
That's surely it as far is this game is concerned as Yamba Asha's brilliant cross is headed in by Flavio. Senegal need something special now.

1834: Niang tries one from distance, but it flies well wide. He got plenty of power behind it but it was never in danger of finding the back of the net.

1831: Sylva comes out flapping again, but this time he gets away with it.

1824: GOAL Senegal 1-2 Angola
A terrible error from Senegal's keeper gifts Manucho his second goal. Sylva's attempts to punch the ball clear but it hits Manucho and after a scramble he's on hand to tap the ball in. Seems like Sir Alex Ferguson has found a little gem.

1822: A stunning effort from Maurito. He shows some excellent skill out on the left before absolutely hammering the ball towards goal, only a great save from Sylva prevents that from going in.

1820: First change of the game as Senegal bring on Babacar Gueye to replace Frederic Mendy.

1817: One of colleagues sat to my right wrote a feature before the tournament began of some of the players to look out for. Not surprisingly Manucho was one of them and he is now crowing about his recommendation.
Players under the radar

1815: There's a break in play as Angola goalkeeper Lama is receiving some treatment on the pitch. Nuno is warming up on the sidelines.

1813: A great move by Senegal ends with Niang blazing the ball over the bar. Moments later a great ball is fizzed across goal but just evades Diouf who was lunging in.

1812: "MANUCHO...he's going to light up the Premier League!"
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1809: Bayal Sall clatters into Ze Kalanga and leaves the Angolan writhing on the floor in agony. It was an awful challenge as he dived in over the ball and is booked by the referee. We've seen some brutal challenges in this game. Ze Kalanga is ready to come back on the pitch.

1807: GOAL Senegal 1-1 Angola
Manchester United bound Manucho draws his side level with a powerful header. A great cross by Ze Kalanga is met superbly by the striker who gives the goalkeeper no chance.

1805: Diouf's free-kick causes a bit of trouble in the area and Mamadou Niang wins his header but can't direct it goalwards.

1803: Both teams are unchanged as the second period gets under way.

1752: Keep those questions coming for our live forum from the BBC's Africa Cup of Nations TV coverage in the UK that will be happening at approximately 2015 GMT.

It will be streamed live on this here website during half-time of the Tunisia-South Africa game.

You can pose a question to the two studio guests, former Nigeria international Efan Ekoku and former Sierra Leone international Leroy Rosenior.

Amongst other things they'll be discussing the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and you could get your question asked by simply posting it on our 606 forum.
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1747: HALF-TIME Senegal 1-0 Angola

1745: Manucho dives dangerously into a tackle and is lucky to escape a booking for that one.

1744: "Angola are finding it hard to pick out the HOLES in Senegal's defence. Looks like they're confined to having long-range POTS at goal."
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1741: A great tackle by Rui Marques stops Diouf getting a shot in on goal. In the process he collides with his goalkeeper Luis Lama Joao who needs some treatment. He's up again and looks ok, apart from a slight limp.

1737: The tackles are flying in here and it's mainly Senegal who are dishing out the treatment.

1732: (See 1705) "The pot holes are worse in Cameroon than Ghana - whilst travelling to Mamfe in 2006 in eight hours worth of driving we travelled 19km. The pot-holes were the size of the truck."
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To see what sregorcinimod is talking about check out his picture on 606. Senegal's problems aren't anything compared to this guy's.

1728: Souleymane Diawara is for some reason, unbeknown to us, wearing gloves. It's 32 degrees out in Tamale, how hot does it have to be for that man not to wear gloves? I'd like to see how he would get on playing in the Ukraine in the middle of winter.

1726: A lovely ball by Diouf finds Pape Bouba Diop who shows some neat skill to get into the area but he can't get his shot away quick enough and the chance is gone. Senegal are looking dangerous now.

1723: Angola's Gilberto tries his luck from a free-kick from all of 30 yards, but not surprisingly he fires it straight into the wall.

1719: GOAL Senegal 1-0 Angola
They're 1-0 up now. Diouf's deep free-kick is headed back across goal Souleymane Diawara and Newcastle United's Abdoulaye Faye is on hand to nod the ball home from six yards.

1718: Great chance for El-Hadji Diouf. He's completely free at the far post but sends an easy header over the bar. Should have been 1-0 to Senegal.

1716: Senegal seem to have weathered that early storm and have settled down.

1714: "Perhaps the weight of expectancy on Senegal caused the bus to create the pot-hole? Just a thought."
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1713: "I back Manucho to score but Senegal to be too strong for Angola."
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1711: Tony Sylva in Senegal's goal is asked to change his shirt by the referee. i can only think it clashes with his team-mates' attire.

1710: Angola are really piling on the pressure now, but Senegal just about hold firm and keep them out.

1707: For those of you interested in the action actually on the pitch, you're not missing much as both teams struggle to get a foot hold in the game.

Senegal team coach stuck in Tamale
1705: Our first glimpse of the Senegal coach firmly stuck in either pot-hole or drain. You website users can make your own minds up as to what it is actually stuck in.

1703: If anybody in Tamale can shed any light on the breaking coach story, then that would be much appreciated. Maybe you have your own coach/car pot-hole story.

1701: Our man in the stadium has informed us that the Senegal team coach got stuck in a pot-hole en route to the stadium. But hang on...conflicting reports are coming in that the coach driver actually reversed into a drain.

1700: We're under way in Tamale.

1656: The stadium announcer announces the Senegal national anthem, only for the Angolan one to be played instead. A good start to today's proceeding's.

1648: Not long to go now before we see the Teranga Lions take on the Palancas Negras (the Black Antelopes). Senegal reached the semi-finals two years ago in Egypt, while Angola are yet to progress past the first round.

1642: "Tunisia real dark horses for this tournoi because of their good defence."
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1640: TEAM NEWS:
Senegal: Sylva, Guirane, Beye, Diawara, Abdoulaye Faye, Sall, Mendy, Diop, Diouf, Niang, Kamara.
Subs: Ndiaye, Coundoul, Ba, Camara, Diatta, Ibrahima Faye, Gueye, N'Doye, Papa Waigo, Sarr, Sonko, Sougou.

Angola: Lama, Airosa, Marques, Kali, Yamba Asha, Gilberto, Macanga, Ze Kalanga, Manucho, Maurito, Flavio.
Subs: Nuno, Mario, Dede, Delgado, Edson, Figueiredo, Jamba, Loco, Love, Machado, Mateus, Mendonca.

Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)

1636: At half-time in the Tunisia-South Africa game, we will be streaming a live forum from the BBC's Africa Cup of Nations TV coverage in the UK.

Presenter Manish Bhasin will be joined in the studio by former Nigeria international Efan Ekoku and former Sierra Leone international Leroy Rosenior. Amongst other things they'll be discussing the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

You could get your question asked by simply posting it on our 606 forum.
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1630 GMT: Hello again everyone, we return to Tamale today to complete the second round of group games.

Senegal and Angola take centre stage in around half an hour, before Tunisia and South Africa battle it out in today's late Group D game.

Both opening games ended in a draw so none of the four teams can book their place in the last eight with victory today.

In fact only the Ivory Coast are guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals and Benin are the only team that have no chance of qualifying.

The leaves us with 14 teams with the potential to progress and trying to figure out the different permutations has left everyone in this office with a bit of a headache.

After the poems and chat yesterday, I'm once again expecting big things via the text and the 606 forum so get involved and have your say.
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