Africa Cup of Nations

From Angola to Tunisia

Bafana Bafana take on Tunisia on Sunday with some confidence after their 1-1 draw with Angola in the opening game of their Group D contest against Angola. While the team will be glad to get away from Southern African opposition and even if it is to take on one of the giants of North African…

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A night with the African stars

Tuesday January 22 — Lawson Naidoo Arriving in Sekondi after a fascinating yet arduous road trip from the capital, Accra, I am bewildered by the sight of the brand-spanking-new Sekondi Sports Stadium. It is an oasis in the desert that is Sekondi. The stadium resembles a space ship dropped in the middle of nowhere. Built…

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Kick-off

Monday January 21 — Lawson Naidoo The city of Accra exploded into colour and cacophony this weekend in anticipation of the start of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament being staged in this dynamic, robust and bustling metropolis. Most cars, taxis, buses, bicycles and wheelchairs on the streets of the capital were adorned with the…

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Arriving in a war zone

Saturday January 19 — Richard Calland As you sweep into the centre of Accra, the sight is uplifting. The Black Star. It adorns the Arc de Triomphe-like building around which the traffic spins. Actually, there are four stars, facing out north, south, east and west. Which is convenient: the Ghana football team are known as…

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