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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 January 2008, 21:27 GMT
Cup of Nations as it happened

South Africa 1-1 Angola
Match report

Tunisia 2-2 Senegal
Match report


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By Paul Fletcher

2130: More action from Ghana on Wednesday as the host nation are back in action, taking on Namibia.
Ghana v Namibia match preview

Morocco beat Namibia 5-1 in their opener and will be looking to replicate that form against Guinea.
Guinea v Morocco match preview

2128: Not a bad first day in Tamale. A vast improvement in stadia from the ground that I visited there several years ago. The press facilities meant sitting down on a patch of red earth on the half-way line and the local journalists were doing live commentaries into their mobile phones.

"I'm really pleased for South Africa, they really had a go and deserved a draw."
BBC Sport pundit Leroy Rosenior

2123: Full-time South Africa 1-1 Angola

2122: The last minute in Tamale. It has been a decent game but nowhere near as good as Tunisia-Senegal earlier in the day. We have now had a look at all 16 teams.

2118: Five minutes of stoppage time. Will we get a winner after all? Zuma forces Lama into action. I kind of like the Angola keeper, that element of the unknown.

Flavio goes close with yet another spectacular hit. These boys can shoot.

2115: GOAL South Africa 1-1 Angola
A match ambling to full-time is enlivened by yet another brilliant, brilliant strike, this time from Bafana Bafana sub Elrio van Heerden.

The Bruges player knocks the ball across the face of goal and then creams a left-footed strike into the onion bag. This tournament might be inconsistent in terms of quality but it has been top drawer for goals.

2113: Manucho has had a very quiet second half and shoots wide with a rare opportunity. Talking of the seldom seen - a great, commanding punch by Lama under pressure from Fanteni.

2109: He might not be good at crosses but Angola keeper Lama does well to parry a shot away to safety from Fanteni.

Moments later Lama is back to form, flapping at a low cross that takes a slight deflection past him and into the net but the goal is ruled out. I have no idea why.

2107: And the band plays on. The ref in this game is happy to let the odd shove go unpunished, prompting Carlos Alberto Parreira to use body language to suggest the man in black cannot see properly. Oh, the universal language of football.

Still no real indication South Africa are going to equalise.

2104: Zuma has a shot at goal but he uses a hand to control a cross and the effort is ruled out. He missed the target anyway. About 15 minutes left.

2102: Flavio strikes the ball into the side netting. Some people inside the stadium in Tamale clearly think he has scored. Terrible thing the parallax error.

2100: I have to be honest, this game could do with a goal. I don't care who scores it, I just want one. You get the feeling Angola could be doing a little bit more while Bafana Bafana hardly seem to be going all out as they pursue an equaliser.

Steven Pienaar makes way for Elrio van Heerden. Perhaps Pienaar wants to watch the second half from Goodison Park.

2055: "Manucho is a ledgebomb to be topscorer in the Africa Cup of Nations."
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What on earth is a ledgebomb? Perhaps some of you hip kids out there can enlighten me?

2051: Almost another brilliant goal but Ze Kalanga's ferocious strike swerves wide at the last moment. That could have been curtains for Bafana Bafana.

2049: Finally some sustained pressure. Modesi forces a save and, shortly afterwards, Benson Mhlongo contrives to head well wide from eight yards. The best spell of the game for South Africa.

2047: Another superb punch from Lama in the Angola goal. This guy knows how to commit himself without having any real idea of whether he will reach the ball.

Thembinkosi Fanteni should have a crack at goal for South Africa after controlling a long punt forward but opts to pass instead. More conviction please.

2045: Believe me, I wish there was but, as yet, no real chances of any note to tell you about in this half. Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira is encouraging his players from his technical area.

2042: Angola skipper Figueiredo is withdrawn and Andre comes on to replace him. Given that coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves is known as The Professor I assume that he knows what he is doing.

2041: "Is it just me or can none of these African keepers come for a cross to save their lives? It's a bit like an army of Paul Robinsons - but worse 'shudders'."
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Perish the thought.

2034: Back under way in Tamale. The South Africa players were in most earnest discussion before the restart. Bafana Bafana have made a double substitution.

2032: "Manchester's Manucho - a tailor made name."
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"Is Manucho related to the musician?"
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Not a Scooby.

2030: (See 1900) "Yes, Carlos Alberto Parreira, the Brazilian who is now managing South Africa, won the Asian Nations Cup in 1980 with Kuwait and in 1988 with Saudi Arabia and the World Cup in 1994 with Brazil. So, if South Africa wins this one, it will be three continents for the guy from Brazil.
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I bet you own a Blue Peter badge.

2030: Some great chat in the BBC interactive studio with Garth Crooks and Leroy Rosenior explaining the importance for Africa of their players succeeding in Europe. There will be another forum on Thursday. Visit the African football page on Thursday for more details.

2017: Half-time South Africa 0-1 Angola
If the score remains the same at the end of the second half then Angola will end the day at the top of Group D, which would be nice for them.

2013: It has been a very even game over the last 15 minutes or so. Bafana Bafana have not had as much joy down the flanks as earlier in the match, but Angola have not created much since scoring.

2011: "The stadium is three-quarters full and the Angolan fans are celebrating with song and dance"
BBC Sport's Durosimi Thomas in Tamale

2010: Apparently Angola has the second highest birth rate in the world - so expect plenty more footballers over the next few decades. They just need to tidy up on corruption, wars and land mines, or so I'm told.

2006: In the stands at Tamale mellifluous, sweet-sounding trumpets are competing with the nasal whine of horns. I know which I prefer.

2003: Zuma (the South Africa striker and not the Neil Young album) heads wide after beating his marker to a cross. He does well to get there and should probably score. Angola keeper Lama? MIA once again. Not great on crosses this lad.

1959: GOAL South Africa 0-1 Angola
Man Utd bound (probably) Manucho puts Angola ahead with a spectacular diving header from Flavio's cross. Slightly against the run of play but just ask them Angolans if they are bothered.

1959: Surprise Moriri is, well, surprised when the ball drops to him from Kali's poor defensive header and he rather rushes his shot, which flies high and wide.

1957: Angola striker Flavio tries his luck from distance but his effort is easily saved. Flavio then whips out the well-known hand wave of appeasement to a team-mate who may well have been better placed.

1955: Finally, some comedy goalkeeping as Angola's Lama comes for a cross and executes a flap-cum-punch. As he makes contact with the ball his legs inexplicably fly off in all directions.

1954: (See 1900) "What about Big Phil.(Solari) won the World Cup in 2002 for Brazil, go to the final for Portugal in Euro 2004 and semi final in World Cup 2006."
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Close, but no cigar.

1951: "Come on Bafana Bafana, today you will become men."
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Now, now Ambrose. They need to be concentrating on their football.

1950: Not seen too much of Manucho, who is wearing number 23, though whether by accident or design I have no idea.

1947: Panic stations. A long ball up field causes problems for Bafana Bafana. Bryce Moon beats Flavio to the ball but almost gets too much purchase on his header and keeper Moeneeb Josephs does well to stop the ball looping over his head. Flavio is flattened in the process.

1946: Pienaar opens up Angola with a dangerous ball across goal. A pity for him that none of his colleagues showed sufficient anticipation. SA have been bagged left, right and centre coming into this tournament but they have started well.

By the final whistle in this match we will have seen all 16 teams.

1945: "This game is boring - going on the precedent set in the last few days there should be at least two goals by now."
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Give peace a chance.

1942: Steven Pienaar is operating down the right for Bafana Bafana while his club team Everton are playing a Carling Cup semi-final against Chelsea at the same time.

1938: The first decent effort of the match is by South Africa's Teko Modise, who forces a good save from Lama with a strike that swerves. These balls just cannot stay still through the air. Manucho, who will join Man Utd subject to a work permit, tries his luck from distance but his effort is well wide.

1935: (See 1900) "Australia have won the Oceania Nations Cup in 2000 and 2004, but they were both when Frank Farina was in charge, so Guus is a no go!"
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"Vicente Italo Feola won two different Championships in two different continents technically - the World Cup in 1958 in Sweden and the Campeonato Paulista in Brazil in 1948 and 49."
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I think this counts at international level only, though I'm not quite sure who competes in the Campeonato Paulista.

1930: The match is under way in Tamale with the 2010 World Cup hosts playing the team that will stage the Nations Cup in the same year.

1928: "The stadium has filled up a bit since the earlier game here, with quite a few South Africa and Angola fans having just come in."
BBC Sport's Nick Cavell in Tamale

Just as well.

1927: A reminder on what we have happening later. At half-time in the South Africa-Angola fixture, approximately 2015 GMT, we will be streaming a live forum from the BBC's Africa Cup of Nations TV coverage.

The big issue being discussed today is the success of African players in the Premier League and the extent to which they are suited to football in Europel. You could get your question asked by simply posting it on our 606 forum.
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1927: It will be fascinating to see how Bafana Bafana get on with Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira in charge. Two years ago they lost all three of their group games without scoring. They did not qualify from their group.

The national anthems are being played in Tamale. The microphone is too close to the players, painful. They have yet to hit one note in tune. Let us just hope their finishing is better.

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

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

Referee: Koman Colubaly (Mali)

1915: (See 1900) "Just a guess, but maybe Hiddink with Korea and Australia (although I don't know whether there is an Oceania championship?)."
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1905: Just under 30 minutes to go before South Africa meet Angola in the second Group D game.

To whet your appetite have a look at Ben Wyatt's profile of South Africa's Teko Modise and Angola's Manucho.
Modise and Manucho in profile

If he gets his work permit Manucho is due to join Manchester United.

1900: "Fletch, has any other coach won major championships on two different continents as Roger Lemerre has done?"
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Very good question - anyone got any ideas?

1850: Full-time Tunisia 2-2 Senegal
Both teams had spells on top but I guess the most disappointed will be Senegal, who dominated after equalising and had chances to extend their lead after going ahead.

It is the first draw of the tournament.

1847: The match ends as it started, with a player taking a belting, this time Diomansy Kamara scythes Wissem Bekri to the deck and is booked for his troubles.

1846: The clock ticks down until I go for dinner, erm, the final whistle sounds in Tamale. A free-kick is floated into the Senegal area but even the gigantic Jaidi cannot reach it.

1842: Urgency shown from Senegal but Henri Camara cannot keep his header on target and Tunisia slow the game down by subbing Issam Jomaa.

1840: Tunisia 2-2 Senegal
The Ternaga Lions pay for their failure to kill off the game as Mejdi Traoui scores a stunning late equaliser, smashing the ball into the top corner from long range. It comes very much against the run of play.

1840: (See 1733) "Hey Paul, would that be women seducing or getting seduced by men? If it is the latter I could do with a visit as Senegal is not too far from Kenya."
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I really don't know.

1835: "I Hope Premier League referees are taking note. It's a yellow card for simulation - not a stern word and a shake of the head."
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The problem is that these games could end up as five-a-side contests if Premier League referees were in charge. One aspect of the Nations Cup that I love is that you are guaranteed some meaty tackles, unlike that non-contact sport known as the Premier League.

1833: The sting has gone out of this game but, on balance, I think that Senegal look the most likely to score next. Tunisia forward Yassine Chikhaoui is cutting an isolated figure up front following the withdrawal of Dos Santos.

1826: "Was just wondering if the commentators are actually at the games or are they sitting in a studio in London?"
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I can safely inform you that the BBC commentators are out in Ghana and loving being out of the English winter. I don't think they are dealing with too many flood warnings.

1823: GOAL Tunisia 1-2 Senegal Tunisia fail to clear the danger after Papa Bouba Diop and El-Hadji Diouf have shots blocked and Diomansy Kamara smashes the ball home from close range.

Tunisia coach Roger Lemerre looks on aghast, he has a face like a...

1820: Substitutions on both sides. The one that interests me is the introduction of Papa Bouba Diop for Senegal. Good to see The Wardrobe getting a piece of the action. Henri Camara also comes on for them, while Dos Santos is withdrawn for Tunisia.

"I think Senegal are on top and I'm not sure they have made the substitutions at the right time."
BBC Sport pundit Mark Bright

1816: Senegal are missing a few chances - will they be made to pay? Niang really should slot home a dangerous ball across the face of goal but makes a poor, poor contact. It is head in hands time - and rightly so.

The miss was so bad that someone a few desks away from me shrieked.

1813: Mejdi Traoui goes down after contact with Abdoulaye Faye and also goes into the book for diving. It is another correct decision as the Tunisia player has lost control of the ball and is fishing for a penalty. I have to say, though, that there is no shame in coming off second best in collision terms with some of these Senegal lads.

1810: The Teranga Lions are on it now - and nobody more so than Diouf, who is becoming increasingly influential. He forces a double save from Kasraoui, the second a scrambling effort from the Tunisia keeper. This game has perked up, thankfully.

1809: Tunisia's Francileudo dos Santos is booked for diving. Not clever thinking on a pitch that must be rock hard.

"The referee has got that absolutely spot on."
BBC Sport pundit Mark Bright

1807: Senegal must score after Diouf's cracking reverse through ball sends Kamara running towards goal. Problem is Kamara shoots across goal and narrowly wide. A cracking chance wasted.

1806: "I for one believe Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye are great defenders and can solve Newcastle's problems. Are they huge names in Senegal?"
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Can anyone enlighten us?

1803: The second-half starts and an early chance for El-Hadji Diouf, who rather scuffs his shot.

1758: Now, I'm just hoping that the Senegal goal does not lead to the game becoming something of a stalemate in the second half. If the Teranga Lions are serious about their "revenge mission" (see 1730) then they need to keep attacking.

1753: An early shout on what we have happening later. At half-time in the South Africa-Angola fixture, approximately 2015 GMT, we will be streaming a live forum from the BBC's Africa Cup of Nations TV coverage.

The big issue being discussed today is the success of African players in the Premier League and the extent to which they are suited to football in Europel. You could get your question asked by simply posting it on our 606 forum.
Post your questions on 606

1747: Half-time Tunisia 1-1 Senegal
Would you Adam 'n Eve it. Senegal equalising with the last action of what was a decent if far from sensational opening half.

1746: GOAL Tunisia 1-1 Senegal
What was that about great Tunisian defending? A clumsy attempt by Jaidi to cut out Ousmane Ndoye's through ball gifts possession to Moustapha Sall and he fully capitalises with a well-placed finish.

1744: "A little bit less interesting this one than previous games. My mind is wandering towards tonight's action at Goodison Park. Go Chelsea!"
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That will be the Carling Cup semi-final between Everton and Chelsea.
Match preview - Everton v Chelsea

1742: Tunisia looked like an extremely well-drilled team, superbly organised and very solid at the back. They don't lack for power either with the likes of Jaidi and Felhi in the backline. Coach Roger Lemerre, in charge since 2002, must be pleased with the opening 40 minutes or so his team have made.

1735: Very little in the way of clear openings. The odd half-chance here and there but a heavy touch or a poor pass is undermining both teams' attacking ambitions.

1733: In front of me is an information book that has been put together for this tournament with a section on each team. In addition to footballing info there is a general section on each country. There is a list of Senegal's famous exports, one of which is "the art of seduction". Felt I had to share that with you.

1730: Diouf is the skipper of Senegal - that news may come as a slight surprise to avid viewers of the English Premier League. He has also described this game as a "revenge mission" following Tunisia's victory over them in 2004. The north Africans are looking very solid at the moment though. Perhaps, given that Star Wars was partly filmed in Tunisia, they are feeling the force.

1727: Nice move from Senegal, working some space down the right. Newcastle's Habib Beye in plenty of space. Just knock in a decent ball, mate. Oh, OK then, smash it about 30 yards out of play.

1724: Niang comes close to an equaliser with a low shot across goal from 20 yards that just misses.

Tunisia are not afraid to put a few big tackles about - with Radhi Jaidi flooring former Bolton team-mate Eh-Hadji Diouf.

1721: Most of the pitch is now in shade but I cannot think that the stifling heat is slowing the pace of the game down. Slow, slow, slow then, bang, a few seconds of frenetic action. Then back to slow. A bit like a Sunday league team I used to play minus the occasional burst of action.

1717: Senegal threaten but a heavy touch from Diomansy Kamara allows Tunisia keeper Hamdi Kasraoui to collect the ball. I know someone who only ever refers to speed cameras as Diomansy's. Not clever is it.

1716: Honestly, why is this stadium not packed to the rafters? There cannot be that much to do in Tamale on a Wednesday except seek solace out of the sun.

1713: "There are some basics defensive errors being made in this match."
BBC Sport pundit Mark Bright

1710: GOAL Tunisia 1-0 Senegal
A cracking finish from Issam Jomaa, who smacks the ball home from a tight angle after running on to a teasing pass from Wissem Bekri. Great stuff, though Tony Sylva in the Senegal goal might not agree.

1709: "Once spent a few weeks in Tamale, not a friendly place for hasty movement. The sun is so hot it evaporates the sweat right off your body."
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1708: The stadium in Tamale is brand new. It was built by a Chinese company. Apparently one of their number was on the pitch an hour before kick-off with a tin of green paint. Cannot beat the Chinese for attention to detail. Expect a high level of organisation at the Olympics.

1705: Senegal, who have never won the tournament, have made the better start, with Niang shooting wide after one very strong run at goal.

1701: Seconds into the game and Mamadou Niang is on the deck holding his leg after a bruising challenge. A little bout of pushing and shoving follows. Not only Elephants with long memories, it would seem (see 1630).

1700: The first match of the day is under way in Tamale. Unfortunately exciting Tunisian prospect Mohamed Amine Chermiti is suspended for the first two games.

Perhaps a lot of people have been told the wrong kick-off time because there are empty seats aplenty. Pitch looks half decent though.

1655: TEAM NEWS:
Tunisia: Kasraoui, Haggui, El Bekri, Jaidi, Felhi, Mnari, Zouaghi, Traoui, Santos, Jemaa, Chikhaoui. Subs: Mathlouthi, Nefzi, Ghezal, Abdi, Ben Saada, Nafti, Zaiem, Ben Fredj, Mikari, Meriah, Ben Dhifallah, Chermiti.

Senegal: Sylva, Diawara, Abdoulaye Faye, Beye, Guirane, N'Doye, Sall, Mendy, Kamara, Niang, Diouf. Subs: Ndiaye, Coundoul, Sonko, Sarr, Ibrahima Faye, Camara, Gueye, Diatta, Papa Waigo, Sougou, Diop, Ba.

Referee: Yuichi Nichimura (Japan)

1651: "This spanking new stadium is like a flying saucer that's landed in the desert of the Sahel here."
BBC Sport's Durosimi Thomas in Tamale

When I went to watch Real Tamale United a couple of years ago there was no grass on the pitch, no proper stands, no decent changing facilities for the players but plenty of atmosphere. So much atmosphere, in fact, that it boiled over into something of a riot and the match was abandoned after 70 minutes. You could say that I became slightly apprehensive when the gates were locked with me on the inside.

1647: "I'm particularly looking forward to seeing Chikhaoui and Chermiti playing against Senegal. Those two are the future of Tunisian football and I wouldn't be surprised if one of them becomes African Footballer of the Year fairly soon."
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1640: An early shout on what we have happening later. At half-time in the South Africa-Angola fixture, approximately 2015 GMT, we will be streaming a live forum from the BBC's Africa Cup of Nations TV coverage.

The big issue being discussed today is the success of African players in the Premier League and the extent to which they are suited to European football. You could get your question asked by simply posting it on our 606 forum.
Post your questions on 606

1630 GMT: Day four of the Nations Cup and two cracking matches in store - with both taking place in Tamale in the hot, steamy north of Ghana.

First up is Tunisia against Senegal, which those of you with a good memory of previous tournaments will recall produced a very feisty encounter indeed in 2004 which the north African team - that's Tunisia for you lot with dodgy African geography - won 1-0.

Then we have South Africa against Angola. Bafana Bafana have been dreadful of late while the Palancas Negras are seen by many as dangerous outsiders.

I'm looking for lots of action on the pitch and plenty of chat off it so make sure you get involved via the text or on 606.
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