The African Cup of Nations, AFCON, the continent’s biggest football showpiece is underway in Egypt. It kicked off on June 21 after a spectacular opening ceremony.
Hosts, Egypt, went on to beat Zimbabwe by a lone goal in the first game of the tournament. Matches continue to played across the six groups and Africanews is keeping you up to date with the very latest.
GROUP A: Egypt – DR Congo – Uganda – Zimbabwe
GROUP B: Nigeria – Guinea – Madagascar – Burundi
GROUP C: Senegal – Algeria – Tanzania – Kenya
GROUP D: Morocco – Ivory Coast – South Africa – Namibia
GROUP E: Tunisia – Mali – Angola – Mauritania
GROUP F: Cameroon – Ghana – Benin – Guinea-Bissau
June 23: Results from Day 3 fixtures
Algeria vs. Kenya
Senegal vs. Tanzania 2 – 0
Morocco vs. Namibia 1 – 0
June 23: Senegal secures full marks against Tanzania
Tanzania’s Taifa Stars failed to shine in their return to the AFCON when the Ternaga Lions of Senegal proved too strong for them in their first fixture at the tournament.
Two goals – one in each half – ensured that Aliou Cisse’s charges secured three points. The goals were scored by Balde (28’) and a screamer by Diatta (65’).
Diatta was named man of the match in a game that analysts say underlines the potential of the Senegalese team as potential contenders for the trophy.
It was a game with two African coaches, Senegal’s Cisse and Tanzania’s Emmanuel Amunike but at the end of proceedings, it was Cisse who took home the three points.
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June 23: Namibian hearts broken by own goal
The Atlas Lions of Morocco could only count on an own goal to secure three points against Namibia on Sunday in their Group D fixture at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo.
When Keimuine hit the ball past his own goalie in the 89th minute, Moroccans celebrated but for a resolute Namibian side, it was a case of heartbreak on Day 1 of their return to the AFCON.
Two Group C matches are expected later as Senegal take on Tanzania and Algeria face off with Kenya.
June 22: Results from Day 2
Uganda vs. DR Congo 2 – 0
Nigeria vs. Burundi 1 – 0
Guinea vs. Madagascar 2 – 2
June 22: Uganda vs Democratic Republic of Congo
It’s over. Uganda scores two goals, earns three points and takes the top slot in Group A.
48’ Emmanuel Okwi doubles Uganda’s lead.
16’ Patrick Kaddu has given Uganda the lead in the 16th minute, scoring with a header from a corner kick.
June 22: Nigeria vs Burundi
Nigeria’s Super Eagles who have won the Africa Cup of Nations three times are facing tournament debutants Burundi.
Guinea vs Madagascar
At 20:00 hours GMT, Guinea will take on Madagascar, who are also featuring at Africa’s continental showpiece for the first time. All eyes will be on Liverpool’s star midfielder Naby Keita, who might play for the first time since he got injured in a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona in May.
June 21: Upcoming matches
Tomorrow, DR Congo take on Uganda to complete matchday one in Group A, Egypt are tops now with three points and a goal.
Over in Group B, two-time champions, Nigeria take on Burundi and Guinea face debutants Madagascar.
Key facts and figures about Group B
June 21: Egypt win cagey opener
Hosts Egypt recorded a slim victory against Zimbabwe in the opening fixture of the African Cup of Nations, AFCON, which kicked off in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Friday.
The first half strike came on the 41st minute mark through Mahmoud Trezeguet after a series of attacking waves on the Zimbabweans.
The Zimbabweans had their goalie Edward Sibanda to thank for thwarting the initial Egyptian inroads even as the Brave Warriors also carved out moments of brilliance threatening the hosts during exchanges.