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 By Nick Ames

Equatorial Guinea's feel-good story soured by dubious penalty

Security guards separate referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn from Tunisia's players at the end of Saturday's quarterfinal.

BATA, Equitorial Guinea -- At least the security forces in Estadio de Bata had ample warning.

It had been clear for over half an hour that there was no chance of the Tunisians going quietly, and when Rajindraparsad Seechurn blew the final whistle it was time to move fast. First it was Seechurn himself who took off, sprinting towards the tunnel as a line of players in white kits pursued. They were not going to stop and, for a couple of heart-in-mouth moments, it seemed as if the force of their ire...

 By Nick Ames

Football is DR Congo's focus before Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal

DR Congo qualified for the quarterfinals with a 1-1 draw in their final group game vs. Tunisia.

BATA, Equatorial Guinea -- Villa Celotti is an unusual team hotel. It is situated a five-minute walk from Bata's airport terminal and has the feel of a holiday camp, with small, prefabricated chalets sitting several rows deep, spreading back from a mediocre stretch of beach.

It is a somewhat seedy, discomfiting place and hardly the venue in which you would expect to find a professional sports team. For the 23 players and 15 backroom staff from Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), though, the...

Draws dominate in African Nations Cup, but chaotic nature shines through

Ivory Coast manager Herve Renard joked about making Algeria cry ahead of their quarter final in the African Cup of Nations.

If you can see past the draws at the African Nations Cup, the group stage showed where the strength of the continent's football lies, where the rumblings of resurgence are coming from and where the stagnation still stews.

The first of those, where the powerful are, is in the north. Although only two countries from the region are competing in this edition of the tournament, both Tunisia and Algeria will feature in the quarterfinals.

The second, where the power could lie, is among two western heavyweights...

 By Nick Ames

Equatorial Guinea rise to occasion in African Nations Cup big Sunday

Equatorial Guinea's 2-0 shock win versus Gabon put the hosts improbably into the quarterfinals.

BATA, Equatorial Guinea -- Burkina Faso's band of travelling supporters has been a reassuringly constant presence around the Hotel Federaciones, in the grounds of Bata's stadium, during the first eight days of this African Nations Cup. Whatever might happen on the pitch, they outstayed their team: coach Paul Put was appalled that his players were lodged here, among fans and a constantly revolving door of journalists and sundry others, at the start of the competition and after likening conditions...

 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...