2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group A

Group A of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations was played from 17 January until 25 January in Equatorial Guinea. The group consisted of the hosts Equatorial Guinea, Burkina Faso, Gabon, and Congo.[1] Congo and Equatorial Guinea advanced as group winners and runners-up respectively, while Gabon and Burkina Faso were eliminated.

TeamsEdit

Draw position Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
CAF Rankings
Points[nb 1]
FIFA Rankings
Start of event
A1   Equatorial Guinea Hosts 14 November 2014 2nd 2012 Quarter-finals (2012) 9 118
A2   Burkina Faso Group C runners-up 15 November 2014 10th 2013 Runners-up (2013) 40 64
A3   Gabon Group C winners 15 November 2014 6th 2012 Quarter-finals (1996, 2012) 22 62
A4   Congo Group A runners-up 19 November 2014 7th 2000 Winners (1972) 13 61
Notes
  1. ^ The CAF rankings were used for seeding for the final draw.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Congo 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Equatorial Guinea (H) 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
3   Gabon 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
4   Burkina Faso 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host

In the quarter-finals:

  • Congo advanced to play DR Congo (runner-up of Group B).
  • Equatorial Guinea advanced to play Tunisia (winner of Group B).

MatchesEdit

All times local, WAT (UTC+1).

Equatorial Guinea vs CongoEdit

The first goal of the tournament was scored by Emilio Nsue. Receiving a through ball from Kike, he slotted the ball low past the goalkeeper with his right foot from six yards out to open the scoring for the hosts after 16 minutes. Thievy Bifouma scored the equalizer for Congo with three minutes left, after being played in by Dominique Malonga, he slotted it low into the net from the right of the six yard box.[2][3]

Equatorial Guinea  1–1  Congo
Nsue   16' Report Bifouma   87'
Attendance: 40,245
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Equatorial Guinea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congo
GK 1 Felipe Ovono   81'
RB 22 Pablo Ganet   46'
CB 5 Diosdado Mbele   26'
CB 4 Rui
LB 16 Sipo
RM 11 Javier Balboa   89'
CM 21 Iván Zarandona
CM 8 Randy
LM 14 Kike   59'
CF 15 Ibán   90+2'
CF 10 Emilio Nsue (c)
Substitutions:
MF 18 Viera Ellong   46'
MF 7 Rubén Belima   59'
FW 12 Iván Bolado   90+2'
Manager:
  Esteban Becker
 
GK 1 Christoffer Mafoumbi
RB 2 Francis N'Ganga
CB 4 Boris Moubhibo   24'
CB 5 Arnold Bouka Moutou   78'
LB 18 Marvin Baudry
RM 21 Sagesse Babélé
CM 7 Prince Oniangué (c)
CM 14 Césaire Gandzé   60'
LM 8 Delvin N'Dinga
CF 10 Férébory Doré   65'
CF 13 Thievy Bifouma
Substitutions:
FW 11 Fabrice Ondama   60'
FW 15 Ladislas Douniama   65'
FW 19 Dominique Malonga   78'
Manager:
  Claude Le Roy

Man of the Match:
Emilio Nsue (Equatorial Guinea)[4]

Assistant referees:
Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
Marwa Range (Kenya)
Fourth official:
Hamada Nampiandraza (Madagascar)

Burkina Faso vs GabonEdit

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the 19th minute, as after his initial shot was saved, he collected the rebound and calmly slotted home from seven yards out with his right foot. Gabon sealed the win in the 72nd minute with Malick Evouna's header from Frédéric Bulot's cross.[5][6]

Burkina Faso  0–2  Gabon
Report Aubameyang   19'
Evouna   72'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Burkina Faso
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gabon
GK 23 Germain Sanou
RB 5 Mohamed Koffi
CB 2 Steeve Yago
CB 4 Bakary Koné
LB 13 Narcisse Bambara
RM 19 Bertrand Traoré
CM 18 Charles Kaboré (c)
CM 6 Djakaridja Koné   77'
LM 17 Jonathan Zongo   66'
CF 10 Alain Traoré
CF 11 Jonathan Pitroipa
Substitutions:
FW 15 Aristide Bancé   66'
MF 22 Préjuce Nakoulma   77'
Manager:
  Paul Put
 
GK 1 Didier Ovono
RB 8 Lloyd Palun
CB 5 Bruno Ecuele Manga
CB 4 Yrondu Musavu-King
LB 6 Johann Obiang   77'
DM 11 Lévy Madinda   83'
RM 9 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (c)
CM 17 André Biyogo Poko
CM 22 Didier Ibrahim N'Dong   40'   63'
LM 10 Frédéric Bulot   53'
CF 7 Malick Evouna   87'
Substitutions:
MF 12 Guélor Kanga   63'
MF 13 Samson Mbingui   83'
FW 3 Johann Lengoualama   87'
Manager:
  Jorge Costa

Man of the Match:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)[7]

Assistant referees:
Angesom Ogbamariam (Eritrea)
Zakhele Thusi Siwela (South Africa)
Fourth official:
Med Said Kordi (Tunisia)

Equatorial Guinea vs Burkina FasoEdit

In the first goalless draw of the tournament, Burkina Faso hit the post twice, first through a free kick by Alain Traoré, then later when his shot was tipped to the post by Felipe Ovono.[8][9]

Equatorial Guinea  0–0  Burkina Faso
Report
Attendance: 39,867
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Equatorial Guinea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Burkina Faso
GK 1 Felipe Ovono
RB 8 Randy
CB 5 Diosdado Mbele   28'
CB 4 Rui
LB 16 Sipo
DM 21 Iván Zarandona
RM 14 Kike   81'
CM 18 Viera Ellong
CM 11 Javier Balboa   83'
LM 15 Ibán   71'
CF 10 Emilio Nsue (c)
Substitutions:
MF 6 Juvenal   71'
FW 12 Iván Bolado   81'
FW 9 Raúl Fabiani   83'
Manager:
  Esteban Becker
 
GK 23 Germain Sanou
RB 5 Mohamed Koffi
CB 4 Bakary Koné
CB 2 Steeve Yago
LB 9 Issa Gouo   23'
DM 6 Djakaridja Koné
CM 18 Charles Kaboré (c)
RW 11 Jonathan Pitroipa   82'
AM 10 Alain Traoré
LW 19 Bertrand Traoré
CF 15 Aristide Bancé
Substitutions:
MF 22 Préjuce Nakoulma   82'
Manager:
  Paul Put

Man of the Match:
Emilio Nsue (Equatorial Guinea)[10]

Assistant referees:
Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
Ali Waleed Ahmed (Sudan)
Fourth official:
Mohamed Said Kordi (Tunisia)

Gabon vs CongoEdit

Congo secured their first win in the Africa Cup of Nations since 1974, as Prince Oniangué scored the only goal in the 48th minute after the Gabon defence failed to clear a corner.[11][12]

Gabon  0–1  Congo
Report Oniangué   48'
Attendance: 34,782
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gabon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congo
GK 1 Didier Ovono
RB 8 Lloyd Palun
CB 5 Bruno Ecuele Manga
CB 2 Aaron Appindangoyé
LB 6 Johann Obiang
DM 11 Lévy Madinda   84'
RM 22 Didier Ibrahim N'Dong   56'
CM 10 Frédéric Bulot   89'
CM 17 André Biyogo Poko   74'
LM 9 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (c)
CF 7 Malick Evouna
Substitutions:
MF 12 Guélor Kanga   56'
MF 13 Samson Mbingui   84'
FW 3 Johann Lengoualama   89'
Manager:
  Jorge Costa
 
GK 1 Christoffer Mafoumbi
RB 18 Marvin Baudry
CB 21 Sagesse Babélé
CB 4 Boris Moubhibo   45+1'
LB 6 Dimitri Bissiki
RM 14 Césaire Gandzé   74'
CM 8 Delvin N'Dinga
CM 7 Prince Oniangué (c)
LM 5 Arnold Bouka Moutou   87'
CF 13 Thievy Bifouma
CF 10 Férébory Doré   75'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Fabrice Ondama   74'
MF 17 Chris Malonga   75'
DF 2 Francis N'Ganga   87'
Manager:
  Claude Le Roy

Man of the Match:
Prince Oniangué (Congo)[13]

Assistant referees:
Peter Edibe (Nigeria)
Tahssen Abo El Sadat Bedyer (Egypt)
Fourth official:
Gehad Grisha (Egypt)

Gabon vs Equatorial GuineaEdit

Equatorial Guinea took the lead in the 55th minute through Javier Balboa's penalty, awarded after he was brought down by Lloyd Palun. They sealed the win in the 86th minute, as Ibán converted the rebound after Emilio Nsue's shot was saved, confirming their qualification to the knockout stage and eliminating Gabon.[14][15]

Gabon  0–2  Equatorial Guinea
Report Balboa   55' (pen.)
Ibán   85'
Attendance: 39,230
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gabon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Equatorial Guinea
GK 1 Didier Ovono
RB 8 Lloyd Palun   54'
CB 5 Bruno Ecuele Manga
CB 2 Aaron Appindangoyé
LB 6 Johann Obiang   16'   83'
DM 11 Lévy Madinda
RM 12 Guélor Kanga   76'
CM 9 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (c)
CM 17 André Biyogo Poko   69'
LM 10 Frédéric Bulot
CF 7 Malick Evouna
Substitutions:
MF 22 Ibrahim N'Dong   69'
FW 21 Romaric Rogombé   76'
FW 3 Johann Lengoualama   83'
Manager:
  Jorge Costa
 
GK 1 Felipe Ovono
RB 8 Randy   19'
CB 2 Dani Evuy
CB 4 Rui
LB 16 Sipo
RM 14 Kike   68'
CM 18 Viera Ellong
CM 21 Iván Zarandona   50'
LM 11 Javier Balboa
CF 10 Emilio Nsue (c)   89'
CF 9 Raúl Fabiani   76'
Substitutions:
MF 15 Ibán   86'   68'
MF 6 Juvenal   76'
FW 17 Rubén Darío   89'
Manager:
  Esteban Becker

Man of the Match:
Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea)[16]

Assistant referees:
Djibril Camara (Senegal)
Aboubacar Doumbouya (Guinea)
Fourth official:
Bernard Camille (Seychelles)

Congo vs Burkina FasoEdit

Congo took the lead in the 51st minute, when Férébory Doré crossed for Thievy Bifouma to convert from close range. Burkina Faso equalized in the 86th minute, after Aristide Bancé scored from Issiaka Ouédraogo's cross, but Congo retook the lead one minute later, as from a Congo free kick, Burkina Faso goalkeeper Germain Sanou punched the ball and it hit Fabrice Ondama and went into the net. As a result, Congo qualified as group winners while Burkina Faso were eliminated.[17][18]

Congo  2–1  Burkina Faso
Bifouma   51'
Ondama   87'
Report Bancé   86'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Burkina Faso
GK 1 Christoffer Mafoumbi
RB 18 Marvin Baudry
CB 21 Sagesse Babélé
CB 2 Francis N'Ganga
LB 6 Dimitri Bissiki
DM 8 Delvin N'Dinga
RM 5 Arnold Bouka Moutou
CM 7 Prince Oniangué (c)
LM 12 Francis Litsingi   89'
CF 13 Thievy Bifouma   63'
CF 10 Férébory Doré   75'
Substitutions:
FW 15 Ladislas Douniama   63'
FW 11 Fabrice Ondama   75'
MF 14 Césaire Gandzé   89'
Manager:
  Claude Le Roy
 
GK 23 Germain Sanou
RB 5 Mohamed Koffi
CB 4 Bakary Koné
CB 2 Steeve Yago
LB 9 Issa Gouo   59'
CM 18 Charles Kaboré (c)
CM 10 Alain Traoré
CM 6 Djakaridja Koné
RW 22 Préjuce Nakoulma   58'
LW 11 Jonathan Pitroipa
CF 21 Abdou Traoré   73'
Substitutions:
MF 19 Bertrand Traoré   58'
FW 15 Aristide Bancé   59'
FW 20 Issiaka Ouédraogo   73'
Manager:
  Paul Put

Man of the Match:
Fabrice Ondama (Congo)[19]

Assistant referees:
El Hadji Malick Samba (Senegal)
Oamogetse Godisamang (Botswana)
Fourth official:
Victor Gomes (South Africa)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ghana, Algeria, South Africa, Senegal in Group of Death". CAF. 4 December 2014.
  2. ^ "BBC Sport – Equatorial Guinea 1-1 Congo". BBC Sport. 17 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Equatorial Guinea – Congo". Youtube. 17 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Match report: Equatorial Guinea 1–1 Congo" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  5. ^ "BBC Sport – Burkina Faso 0-2 Gabon". BBC Sport. 17 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Burkina Faso – Gabon". Youtube. 17 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Match report: Burkina Faso 0–2 Gabon" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  8. ^ "BBC Sport – Equatorial Guinea 0-0 Burkina Faso". BBC Sport. 21 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Equatorial Guinea – Burkina Faso". Youtube. 21 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Match report: Equatorial Guinea 1–1 Burkina Faso" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  11. ^ "BBC Sport – Gabon 0-1 Congo". BBC Sport. 21 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Gabon – Congo". Youtube. 21 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Match report: Gabon 0–1 Congo" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  14. ^ "BBC Sport – Gabon 0-2 Equatorial Guinea". BBC Sport. 25 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Gabon – Equatorial Guinea". Youtube. 25 January 2015.
  16. ^ "Match report: Gabon 0–2 Equatorial Guinea" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  17. ^ "BBC Sport – Congo 2-1 Burkina Faso". BBC Sport. 25 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Congo – Burkina Faso". Youtube. 25 January 2015.
  19. ^ "Match report: Congo 2–1 Burkina Faso" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.

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