The women’s teams in all categories are doing an excellent job, and now have to support the Under 20, which is two qualifiers away from getting into World Canada 2014.
It’s official: the finalists of the Africa Cup of Nations 2012 are the national teams of Ivory Coast and Zambia, who will be facing off this Sunday, February 12 at the Libreville stadium in Gabon. Ivory Coast most recently beat Mali 1-0 and Zambia was victorious over Ghana’s Black Stars, ending the match at 1-0 as well.
The finalists are the only two teams that won against Equatorial Guinea’s Nzalang Nacional, granting even more prestige to the team’s stellar performance this year.
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The Comoequa takes its name from the river Como, whose waters cross the two host countries: Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Its technology is the same that has been used to manufacture the Tango 12, the ball designed for the 2012 Eurocup and its predominant color is yellow, with details in the colors of the flags of the host countries.
The African Nations Cup begins in January and Ghana has been handed a fairly difficult draw for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. West African rivals Mali and Guinea will be in Group D alongside Botswana. With champions Egypt and some of Africa’s other major powers not qualifying, the tournament also sees former World Cup qualifiers Angola paired with Ivory Coast, Sudan and Burkina Faso in Group B. Morocco and Tunisia will clash in Group C, with debutants Niger and Gabon; while hosts Equatorial Guinea will play the newly liberated Libya, along with Senegal and Zambia.
Kwadwo Asamoah, a midfielder for Ghana’s Black Stars, admits he must improve his performance for the tough matches coming up over the next two years. The team has set a goal of winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. First, however, they must qualify for the tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. The 2014 World Cup draw pits Ghana with Zambia, and Sudan. If the team is to excel, Asamoah is expected to play a key role. Recently, however, he has recieved some criticism over his performances as the playmaker for the Black Stars. Asamoah, who is currently based in Italy, says he must improve his performance when playing for Ghana, blaming his ineffectiveness on the difficult terrain in Africa.According to Asamoah, the way football is played in Europe and Africa is quite different. African football is also different with the pitches. “With my style of play I want to take off with the ball. In Africa it is always difficult to play that way. When I am with Ghana I want always to do my best and help Ghana,” Asamoah said.
Last season, Asamoah was one of the key players for Udinese who qualified for the Champions League.