African Cup of Nations 2008: Quarter Finals pt.1

24 games, 70 goals and four appetising quarter finals on the way. To this point the 2008 African Cup of Nations has been simmering nicely; now is the time for it to be brought to the boil starting with the West African derby between Nigeria and hosts Ghana. The relative comfort of the group stage […]

Nigeria Qualify…just

Nigeria have sneaked into the quarter finals of the 2008 African Cup of Nations with a competent if unconvincing 2-0 win over Benin. Second half goals from John Obi Mikel and Yakubu secured the Super Eagles’ passage to the knockout phase, but Berti Vogts’ men also owe their progress to Côte d’Ivoire, who beat Mali […]

African Cup of Nations 2008: Observations

Côte d’Ivoire are the best team in the competition Nigeria were not very impressive in their opening group game against the Elephants, but they were not that bad either. Tactically Berti Vogts made some odd decisions (Yakubu operating down the left hand side? Kanu as a roaming midfielder??) but one obvious lapse aside they defended […]

Not the Usual Suspects, but off to Wembley regardless

‘And like that…*pfff*…he was gone.’ Verbal Kint is referring to other matters entirely when he utters this defining quote in The Usual Suspects, but the abruptness he so skilfully captures with that gesture could just as easily be describing the cathartic release of tension experienced by Tottenham fans at White Hart lane after the 5-1 […]

African Cup of Nations 2008 Preview: Group D

Group D Angola Senegal South Africa Tunisia It is now tantalisingly close. Just four days before Ghana kick off the 2008 African Cup of Nations with their game against Guinea in Accra let us now cast our eyes over the final quartet, in Group D. If Group B is considered the ‘Group of Death’ then […]