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Posted on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 18:58

Football: An Africa Cup made in heaven and hell

National chauvinism and football are bedfellows. As the Africa Cup of Nations (ACN) football tournament kicks off in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, the phenomenon brought out the best and the worst. 


Workers fear eviction once the Nations Cup is finished. Photo: Joan Bardeletti for JAWith 12 of the winners of the past 14 tournaments not taking part, the ACN 2012 is an open stage for first-time minnows and seasoned under-performers to make sporting history and become national heroes.

The increased presence of home-grown managers shows a confidence in national talent: seven African managers will be at the tournament, compared to two in 2010. From first-time qualifiers Botswana, led by Stanley Tshosane, to tournament-favourites Côte d'Ivoire, led by François Zahoui, this year's participants have been trained by up-and-coming African tacticians.

Senegal's Amara Traoré, Tunisia's Sami Trabelsi and Angola's 'Lito' Vidigal, are former players who were successful in the 1980s and 1990s, for both their clubs and their countries. As managers, they are now bringing that experience to bear.


More sinister are the rumours of the xenophobic ejection of African immigrants post-Cup. Gabon and Equatorial Guinea are both oil exporters, and host large numbers of immigrants from West and Central Africa.

While Communauté Economique et Monétaire de l'Afrique Centrale (CEMAC) regulations call for the free circulation of people in Central Africa, immigrants in Gabon say that the government has stopped issuing new residence permits and still demands visas for CEMAC residents.


The Groupe de Recherche et d'Action sur les Migrations en Afrique Centrale notes that both countries regularly expel migrants and has called for a boycott of the ACN. While the co-hosts issued joint visas for the tournament, immigrants were leaving in their hundreds before 21 January, fearing an immigration crackdown as the festivities reached their end.

 

Groupe A
Rank Country MPWDLGFGAGDPts*
1Zambia32105327
4Senegal300336-30
3Libya31114404
2Equatorial Guinea32013216

*Legends : MP : matches played, W : matches won, D : draws, L : matches lost, GF : Goals for, GA : Goals against

Groupe B
Rank  CountryMP
WDLGFGAGDPts*
1Côte d'Ivoire22003036
4Burkina Faso200214-30
3Sudan201123-11
2Angola21104314

*Legends : MP : matches played, W : matches won, D : draws, L : matches lost, GF : Goals for, GA : Goals against 

Groupe C
Rank Country MPWDLGFGAGDPts*
3Morocco200235-20
2Tunisia22004226
1Gabon22005236
4Niger200214-30

*Legends : MP : matches played, W : matches won, D : draws, L : matches lost, GF : Goals for, GA : Goals against

Groupe D
Rank  CountryMPWDLGFGFGDPts.*
1Ghana22003036
4Botswana200217-60
3Mali210112-13
2Guinea21016243

*Legends : MP : matches played, W : matches won, D : draws, L : matches lost, GF : Goals for, GA : Goals against

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2012 18:11

Gemma Ware

Gemma Ware

Gemma Ware is business editor of The Africa Report magazine, where she has worked since 2008. She coordinates the magazine's business pages and writes on a range of subjects from the continent's telecoms revolution, to private equity and African stock markets.

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