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 By Sam Crocker

Gradel provides the difference to hand Group D to Ivory Coast

Max Gradel delivered a timely winner for Ivory Coast versus Cameroon.
Max Gradel delivered a timely winner for Ivory Coast versus Cameroon.

Three things learned from Ivory Coast's Group D-clinching 1-0 triumph over Cameroon at the African Nations Cup.

Gradel comes to life

A frequently featured substitute of recent times, with former coaches Francois Zahoui and Sabri Lamouchi using him sparingly as cover for Gervinho and Salomon Kalou, Max Gradel has slowly come to life in this tournament, as some playing time for his country is proving what a useful player he can be.

Missing out in the first match against Guinea, spending the whole...

 By Sam Crocker

Group D stands for 'draw' in Africa Cup of Nations as drawing of lots looms

The drawing of lots is something that rarely happens in football, but it's exciting when it does.

Four matches in and it's neck and neck. In fact, it couldn't be closer. After four 1-1 draws in the first two matchdays in Group D of the Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast, Mali, Cameroon and Guinea all find themselves in the same situation.

That's the same points, same goals scored, same goals conceded. No wins, no losses -- just four draws in the opening two matchdays. At the moment the teams can't be separated: they all deserve to go through and all deserve to go out.

This, of course, means...

 By Sam Crocker

Asamoah Gyan hands Ghana last-gasp victory

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea -- Three thoughts on Ghana's 1-0 win vs. Algeria in Group C of the African Cup of Nations.

1. Gyan returns to save Grant

Asamoah Gyan, who missed Ghana's opening game vs. Senegal having contracted malaria, was the Black Stars' hero with an injury-time winner that secured Avram Grant's team their first points of the tournament, and very much saved the Israeli some blushes.

Ghana had seemed content with a 0-0 draw from the start, before Gyan's late, late strike -- a...

Ivory Coast star Gervinho punches opponent, gets sent off

The Ivory Coast made an unconvincing start to their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations campaign after they drew 1-1 against Guinea and finished the match with 10-man following Gervinho's dismissal.

Long considered a punch line because of his poor form at Arsenal, Gervinho became the puncher at Ivory Coast's African Nations Cup opener vs. Guinea on Tuesday.

After a nasty foul by Naby Keita, Gervinho responded with a strike of his own, arguably better than any he managed at the Emirates.

It seems unfair to mock Gervinho given some fine form this season for AS Roma, but this foolish decision cost Ivory Coast a...

African Nations Cup preview Group D: Tough and unpredictable

Ivory Coast and Cameroon will both expect to go deep in the tournament.

Overview

Nearly-there teams over the past decade make up this group, all of whom come from the same region. West Africa is more than well-represented at the tournament -- 10 of the 16 teams hail from that side of the continent, with four in this group. Although both Ivory Coast (1992) and Cameroon (1984, 1988, 2000 and 2002) have won the competition before, none of the quartet has had the recent success even though they have all threatened to.

Ivory Coast have finished in the final four in the...

Road to the African Nations Cup is seldom easy

Algeria head coach Christian Gourcuff has admitted he needed more time to prepare his team for their African Cup of Nations Group B qualifying match against Ethiopia on Saturday.

African teams have begun their journeys to the next year's African Nations Cup (ANC) as the first group of away teams jetted off to their respective destinations ahead of the opening round of matches this weekend. Some travelling parties contained notable absentees, others struggled to get off the ground, and one left carrying little more than hope for a dream to come true.

Two goalkeepers are among the men missing out on the initial exchanges and one, Itumeleng Khune, could face a longer period...