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 By Nick Ames

Burkina Faso misfire again in scoreless draw with Equatorial Guinea

Plenty of chances but no goals against Equatorial Guinea showed Burkina Faso's lack of coherence.

BATA, Equatorial Guinea -- Three quick thoughts from Wednesday's 0-0 draw between Equatorial Guinea and Burkina Faso in Group A of the 2015 African Nations Cup.

1. Something isn't right with Burkina Faso

The first two games of Burkina Faso's African Nations Cup was neatly summed up by a passage of play six minutes before half-time.

Alain Traore had already hit the post with an 18th-minute free-kick when, located on the left corner of the penalty area by a cross from the right, he attempted...

African Nations' Cup week one slowed by cautious play, logistical issues

Ivory Coast captain Yaya Toure expects his side to recover from the disappointing 1-1 draw against Guinea in their opening match.

While five draws headlined the action on the field in the first round of matches at the 2015 African Nations' Cup, several off-field issues came to light in the tournament's first week.

In regards to the actual football being played, Gabon, Algeria and Senegal emerged as the early leaders after a cagey first round. The five draws from the first eight matches may not serve as the best advertisement for the tournament, and it largely speaks to the cautiousness of teams too nervous to put a foot...

 By Nick Ames

Senegal lay out their trophy credentials by stunning Ghana

Senegal opened their African Nations Cup campaign with a dramatic late winner against Ghana in Group C.

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea -- Moussa Sow's injury-time goal gave Senegal a stunning 2-1 win over Avram Grant's Ghana in the opening game of Group C at the 2015 African Nations Cup. Here are three quick points on Tuesday's game.

1. Senegal must now be taken seriously

Senegal have been tipped as a sneaky bet to win this tournament by some, and it's not hard to see why. Alain Giresse has put their house in order and they conceded only once in qualifying; in attack, they are able to call upon an...

 By Nick Ames

Equatorial Guinea open the African Nations Cup with a flourish

Africa Cup of Nations hosts Equatorial Guinea were held to a 1-1 draw by Congo in the opening match of the tournament.

It was an incredible moment and one that would certainly have been impossible to envision just 10 weeks ago. Equatorial Guinea had started well against Republic of Congo, with their largely Spanish-educated team flicking, darting and pirouetting around tentative, lumping opponents and delighting a crowd that needed little invitation to raise the roof.

Sixteen minutes in, the style gained substance. Right-winger Kike spun free on the right, not for the first time, and cleaved into a defence that...

Under-the-radar players at the African Nations Cup

The Confederation of African Football have played down fears that new host nation Guinea could be affected.

We already expect Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi and Wilfried Bony to evade defenses at the 2015 African Nations Cup. That's what they have been doing in Germany, Portugal and the United Kingdom over the past few months.

We've already backed Kennedy Mweene, Robert Kidiaba and Moez Ben Cherifia to pull off stunning saves. We've seen all three do it before.

We already know Yaya Toure will stand out. At 6-foot-2, how could the African footballer of the year, crowned by CAF for the...

African Nations Cup preview Group C: Heavyweights ready to impress

Algeria and Getafe midfielder on his side's chances in the forthcoming AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.

Overview

Africa's highest-ranked team, Algeria -- who sit 15th in the world -- four-time former champions Ghana, previous winners South Africa and a Senegal side that seems to have found its soul make up the group of death. This is the pool to watch and it is expected the best football from the first round will come from here.

Projected finish

Too tough to call but here's an attempt: Algeria should advance, given the way they dominated the continental game over the last 12 months. Anything...