Afcon 2019: Kenya vs Senegal Preview

BY STEVE AYOO  Senegal boss Aliou Cisse must have had some unpleasant words to say to Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe at the end of the 1-0 defeat to Algeria last Thursday. Cisse looked livid on the touchline as a number of decisions went against his side, the biggest one perhaps being a

Congo Thrash Zimbabwe, Revive Hopes

BY STEVE AYOO  The Democratic Republic of Congo emerged from the abyss and gave themselves a chance to enter the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations with a ruthless 4-0 whitewash of Zimbabwe in Cairo. The Leopards, written off after losing their first two Group A matches, finally gave the

Uganda Reach Last 16 Despite Egypt Loss

BY STEVE AYOO  Uganda reached the knockout rounds of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations despite being beaten 2-0 by hosts Egypt in Cairo. Goals from Mohamed Salah and Ahmed El Mohamady gave the Pharaohs the victory that was by no means easy. Had they taken their chances, the Cranes could have won

Afcon 2019: Tanzania vs Algeria Preview

BY STEVE AYOO  Tanzania couldn't have exited their first Afcon appearance in 39 years more painfully than being kicked out by neighbors Kenya. The two East African neighbors met in Cairo last Thursday and left everything on the pitch but it was Kenya who got rewarded after twice rallying from behind to

Afcon 2019: South Africa vs Morocco Preview

BY STEVE AYOO  Frenchman Herve Renard steered Morocco to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations last 16 with a game to spare as he orchestrated a third straight victory for the Atlas Lions over his former side Ivory Coast last Friday. Youssef En-Nesri netted the lone goal halfway through the first half

Afcon 2019: Namibia vs Ivory Coast Preview

BY STEVE AYOO  For a third successive game, Herve Renard got the better of his former employers Ivory Coast as he led Morocco to victory in the battle of Group B titans last Friday. The Frenchman helped Ivory Coast end years of waiting for the Africa Cup of Nations title by leading

Guinea Whip Burundi, Hold Last 16 Breath

BY STEVE AYOO  Guinea put themselves in a fine position to reach the Africa Cup of Nations knockout rounds after beating 10-man Burundi 2-0 in Al Salam to finish third in Group B with four points. Mohamed Yattara scored both goals for Syli Nationale either side of half time. Guinea needed to win

Madagascar Stun Nigeria, Reach Last 16

BY STEVE AYOO  Debutants Madagascar caused the biggest upset of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations after claiming a shock 2-0 win over four-time champions Nigeria who they joined in the round of 16. The Barea, who many thought had achieved enough by reaching the finals, scored either side of half time

Bissau Hold Benin as Group Goes to the Wire

BY STEVE AYOO  Benin and Guinea-Bissau played out to a barren draw in Ismailia as both sides remained with a chance to progress to the last 16 ahead of the final matchday. The Group F underdogs, who have never won a match at the Africa Cup of Nations, battled evenly in a

Afcon 2019: Egypt vs Uganda Preview

BY STEVE AYOO  Hosts Egypt will be playing for reasons other than a do-or-die affair when they take on Uganda in their final Group A match in Cairo. The Pharaohs confirmed their last 16 spot with a 2-0 victory over the Democratic Republic of Congo, having opened the tournament with a hard-fought