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Friday, January 20, 2012


This coming weekend sees the start of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Finals, which will be jointly hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, and which will take place between 21/1/12-12/2/12. Sixteen nations will take part; it will be Equatorial Guinea's début appearance in the competition, while Gabon will be competing in the final stages for the fifth time, having previously appeared in 1994, 1996 (when they reached the quarter-finals), 2000 and 2010.

The draw for the final tournament of the 2012 edition took place in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, and the details are below, with the hosts in capital letters. Two stadiums in Libreville, the capital of Gabon, will host matches, along with stadia in Malabo and Bata, which lies on the coast of the Equatorial Guinean mainland.

Several African nations are notable by their absence, including Nigeria, Algeria, Cameroon, holders Egypt, who were drawn, and eliminated, together with South Africa (eliminated partly through the incompetence of the SAFA, and partly through the arrogance of their own players; kindly go to a previous article detailing Niger's qualification for the final stages of the tournament:

Please find below the fixture-list for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.


EQUATORIAL GUINEA, Libya, Senegal, Zambia

21/1/12 19:30 Equatorial Guinea : Libya (Bata)
21/1/12 22:00 Senegal : Zambia (Bata)
25/1/12 17:00 Libya : Senegal (Bata)
25/1/12 20:00 Equatorial Guinea : Senegal (Bata)
29/1/12 19:00 Equatorial Guinea : Zambia (Malabo)
29/1/12 19:00 Libya : Senegal (Bata)


Côte d'Ivoire, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Angola

22/1/12 17:00 Côte d'Ivoire : Sudan (Malabo)
22/1/12 20:00 Burkina Faso : Angola (Malabo)
26/1/12 17:00 Sudan : Angola (Malabo)
26/1/12 20:00 Côte d'Ivoire : Burkina Faso (Malabo)
30/1/12 19:00 Sudan : Burkina Faso (Bata)
30/1/12 19:00 Côte d'Ivoire : Angola (Malabo)


GABON, Niger, Morocco, Tunisia

23/1/12 17:00 Gabon : Niger (Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville)
23/1/12 20:00 Morocco : Tunisia (Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville)
27/1/12 17:00 Niger : Tunisia (Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville)
27/1/12 20:00 Gabon : Morocco (Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville)
31/1/12 19:00 Gabon : Tunisia (Stade de Franceville, Franceville)
31/1/12 19:00 Niger : Morocco (Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville)


Ghana, Botswana, Mali, Guinea

24/1/12 17:00 Ghana : Botswana (Stade de Franceville, Franceville)
24/1/12 20:00 Mali : Guinea (Stade de Franceville, Franceville)
28/1/12 17:00 Botswana : Guinea (Stade de Franceville, Franceville)
28/1/12 20:00 Ghana : Mali (Stade de Franceville, Franceville)
1/2/12 19:00 Botswana : Mali (Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville)
1/2/12 19:00 Ghana: Guinea (Stade de Franceville, Franceville)


4/2/12 17:00 QF1 Winner Group A : Runner-up Group B (Bata)
4/2/12 20:00 QF2 Winner Group B : Runner-up Group A (Malabo)
5/2/12 17:00 QF3 Winner Group C : Runner-up Group D (Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville)
5/2/12 20:00 QF4 Winner Group D : Runner-up Group C (Stade de Franceville, Franceville)


8/2/12 17:00 SF1 Winner QF1 : Winner QF4 (Bata)
8/2/12 20:00 SF2 Winner QF2 : Winner QF3 (Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville)


11/2/12 20:00 Losers SF1 : Losers SF2 (Malabo)


12/2/12 20:00 Winners SF1: Winners SF2 (Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville)

NOTE: The Africa Cup of Nations can be seen on Eurosport in those areas covered by the network; most of the games are advertised as being live on (British) Eurosport, together with highlights and the occasional game on (British) Eurosport 2. This will also ensure that Australian football fans will enjoy live coverage of the tournament. British television network ITV4 will be showing 4 of the games live, including Côte d'Ivoire : Burkina Faso, plus one game from the quarter-finals, a semi-final and the final itself, with all matches apparently being simulcast on the ITV football website. Highlights from the rest of the matches are due to be shown on the channel. No Irish TV stations are covering the tournament. It is as yet unclear as to whether ESPN wil be broadcasting coverage from the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. All kick-off times shown above are under local time.

LIST OF STADIA (capacities are approximate):

BATA: Estadio de Bata (35700)
LIBREVILLE: Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville (40000)
LIBREVILLE: Stade de Franceville, Franceville (35000)
MALABO: Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo (15250)
AUTHOR'S NOTE: The CAF, plus the organising commitees in both Equatorial Guinea and Gabon were approached with a request that permission be granted to publish the above information. No response was forthcoming. Therefore, it was assumed that none of the organisations had objected to the fixture-list being published on this blog.

1 comment:

  1. There have been some good games already, this is going to be the best Africa Cup of Nations ever