Cape Verde Islands
The point from a goalless draw at the Estadio de Ebebiyin was not enough to secure Cape Verde a place in the last eight of the African Nations Cup, while 2012 champions Zambia also bowed out.
Had Tunisia beaten the Democratic Republic of Congo in the other Group B decider, Cape Verde would have progressed with their three points from three draws, but it instead finished 1-1 in Bata and DR Congo therefore reached the quarterfinals based on goals scored.
Heavy rain did nothing to aid Zambia's cause...
Cape Verde and the Democratic Republic of Congo each picked up their second draw of the African Nations Cup after sharing a 0-0 stalemate in Ebebiyin.
In a game full of attacking endeavour but lacking in quality in the final third, Cape Verde should really have snatched the win in the closing stages but were denied by some brave goalkeeping by veteran Robert Kidiaba.
First, Kidiaba pushed out a header from Odair Fortes before superbly blocking Admilson Gege from the follow-up, then the 38-year-old...
Tunisia and Cape Verde began their African Nations Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw in Group B.
Tunisia, the 2004 champions, went ahead through Mohamed Ali Moncer in the 70th minute but Nhuck Heldon earned Cape Verde a point with a penalty 13 minutes from time.
Cape Verde should have opened the scoring inside the first minute when Fernando Varela found himself all alone in the centre of the area to meet Elvis Babanco's free-kick only to head the ball against the post.
Tunisia responded and forged their...
Three former champions -- Zambia (2012), Tunisia (2004) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (1974 and 1968) -- and Cape Verde, the darlings of the last edition of the tournament who reached the quarterfinals in 2013, make up a group that will attract much interest. Although it contains neither outright favourites nor obvious underdogs, the potential for tough tussles should make for exciting clashes.
Tunisia and Cape Verde are ranked third and fourth on the continent...