The Africa Cup of Nations is upon us, and while it hasn’t exactly started off with a bang, at least the goals haven’t been scares. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks out five key points from the opening weekend.
In the shadow of the Premier League, the African Cup of Nations kicked off on Saturday night. Gabon tops group A after beating Burkina Faso 2-0, while hosts Equatorial Guinea were held to a 1-1 draw against Congo. In Group B, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo also played out a 1-1 draw, while underdogs Cape Verde eked out a 1-1 draw against Tunisia.
It was very much a slow and steady start, with the biggest “impact” from an African player occurring without said player even touching a ball. Manchester City looked completely at ease without Ivorian Yaya Toure. They lost 0-2 to Arsenal, meaning they have not won a single match that Toure has missed this season. Whether he can be as influential for his country remains to be seen, though.
From the tournament, the biggest news was not related to football, either. Those who were paying close attention might have noticed that DRC had very small font printed on their shirts….
Source : Daily Maverick