2015 Africa Cup of Nations

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2015 Africa Cup of Nations
Copa Africana de Naciones 2015
AFCON 2015
CAN 2015
2015 Africa Cup of Nations logo.png
Tournament details
Host country  Equatorial Guinea
Dates 17 January – 8 February
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 4 host cities)
2013
2017

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, also known as the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 for sponsorship reasons, is scheduled to be the 30th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the international football championship of Africa. It is organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and held from 17 January to 8 February 2015.[1][2]

The tournament was initially scheduled to be hosted by Morocco, who previously hosted it in 1988, but Morocco refused to host the tournament at the scheduled dates because of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.[3] The host country was later changed to Equatorial Guinea.[4]

Hosting[edit]

Bids[edit]

The following countries expressed an interest in hosting the tournament:

Nation Last hosted
 Botswana[5] -
 Cameroon[6] 1972
 Congo DR[7] -
 Guinea[8] -
 Morocco[9] 1988
 South Africa[10] 2013
 Zambia[11] -
 Zimbabwe[12] -

CAF received 3 bids before 30 September 2010, the deadline, to host either the 2015 or 2017 Africa Cup of Nations from DR Congo, Morocco and South Africa. All three bids were originally put on a short list.[13] However, Morocco was considered to be the most favorite to host the competition because of its highly developed infrastructure and advanced stadiums.[citation needed] CAF then began an inspection procedure, on November and December 2010, intending to visit each bidding country to view stadiums, infrastructure, and football interest. They inspected the DR Congo first.[14] Shortly after the inspection, DR Congo informed CAF that they would be withdrawing their bids for both the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.[15] Morocco was the next country to be inspected.[16] South Africa was inspected last.[original research?]

On 29 January, during the 2011 CAF Super Cup, the CAF Board decided that Morocco would host the 2015 African Cup of Nations.[17] The four Morocco host cities which were scheduled to host the tournament were Rabat, Marrakesh, Agadir and Tangier, as announced by the CAF Executive Committee on 23 September 2013.[18] Casablanca would serve as an alternative venue.[19]

Moroccan withdrawal[edit]

In October 2014, the government of Morocco requested a postponement of the tournament due to the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.[20] After the matter was discussed at the Executive Committee meeting on 2 November 2014, CAF decided to keep the date of the tournament, while also asking for a clarification from the Royal Moroccan Football Federation of whether they still wish to host the tournament.[21] On 8 November, Morocco failed to meet this deadline to confirm it would host the tournament.[22] Three days later CAF confirmed that Morocco would not host the tournament and a new host would be chosen from a list of countries which have expressed interest. Morocco, who had previously qualified as hosts, were disqualified from participation at the tournament.[3][23] CAF confirmed legal action against Morocco due to a contract signed in April 2014.[24] Moroccan Sports Minister Mohamed Ouzzine said that CAF had falsely accused his country of "refusing" to host the tournament when it wanted it postponed, and justified the decision by citing that the World Health Organization gives every country the right to protect its citizens.[24]

Egypt, Ghana, South Africa and Sudan all declined to take over as hosts.[25] Angola, the hosts of the 2010 edition, were spoken of as a potential replacement due to existing stadia and infrastructure in the country. However, a member of the Angolan Football Federation stated that it could not be possible as the new government budget did not include any tournaments.[24]

On 14 November 2014, CAF announced that Equatorial Guinea would host the tournament.[4]

Qualification[edit]

Qualification for the tournament were made up of four stages, three preliminary rounds and a final group stage. The 21 best-ranked teams were given a bye to the group stage, while the next 26 teams began play in the second preliminary round, and four lowest ranked teams started at the first round. The three preliminary rounds were a series of playoffs, with the winners advancing.

51 teams entered the tournament (excluding initial hosts Morocco). It was the competitive debut of South Sudan. Teams of Djibouti and Somalia declined to enter.

Morocco would have automatically qualified as hosts; however, after their refusal to host, they were expelled from the tournament by the CAF.[3][23] Equatorial Guinea was chosen as the new host, and despite having played in the qualifiers and been disqualified due to fielding an ineligible player, they now qualify for the tournament automatically.[4]

The defending champions Nigeria failed to qualify for the tournament.[26]

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA ranking
at start of event
 Equatorial Guinea 00Hosts 14 November 2014 2nd 2012 Quarter-finals (2012)
 Cape Verde Group F winners 15 October 2014 2nd 2013 Quarter-finals (2013)
 Algeria Group B winners 15 October 2014 16th 2013 Winners (1990)
 Tunisia Group G winners 14 November 2014 17th 2013 Winners (2004)
 South Africa Group A winners 15 November 2014 9th 2013 Winners (1996)
 Zambia Group F runners-up 15 November 2014 17th 2013 Winners (2012)
 Cameroon Group D winners 15 November 2014 17th 2010 Winners (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002)
 Gabon Group C winners 15 November 2014 6th 2012 Quarter-finals (1996, 2012)
 Burkina Faso Group C runners-up 15 November 2014 10th 2013 Runners-up (2013)
 Senegal Group G runners-up 15 November 2014 13th 2012 Runners-up (2002)
 Ivory Coast Group D runners-up 19 November 2014 21st 2013 Winners (1992)
 Ghana Group E winners 19 November 2014 20th 2013 Winners (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982)
 Guinea Group E runners-up 19 November 2014 11th 2012 Runners-up (1976)
 Mali Group B runners-up 19 November 2014 9th 2013 Runners-up (1972)
 Congo Group A runners-up 19 November 2014 7th 2000 Winners (1972)
 DR Congo Best third placed team 19 November 2014 17th 2013 Winners (1968, 1974)

Venues[edit]

The four Equatorial Guinean cities selected to host the tournament are Malabo, Bata, Mongomo and Ebebiyín.[27]

Malabo and Bata were also host venues for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Bata Malabo
2015 Africa Cup of Nations is located in Equatorial Guinea
Mongomo
Mongomo
Bata
Bata
Malabo
Malabo
Ebebiyín
Ebebiyín
Mongomo Ebebiyín
Estadio de Bata Nuevo Estadio de Malabo Estadio de Mongomo Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín
Bata Stadium Equatorial Guinea.JPG Estadio de Malabo Equatorial Guinea.JPG Stade-Mongomo.jpg
1°49′23″N 9°47′17″E / 1.823°N 9.788°E / 1.823; 9.788 3°43′30″N 8°46′08″E / 3.725°N 8.769°E / 3.725; 8.769
Capacity: 35,700 Capacity: 15,250 Capacity: c. 10,000 Capacity: c. 5,000

Format[edit]

Only the hosts will get an automatic qualification spot, the other 15 teams will qualify through qualification tournament. At the finals, the 16 teams will be drawn into four groups of four teams each. The teams in each group play a single round robin. After group stage, the top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals. The semifinal losers will play in third place match, while winners will play in final.[28]

Draw[edit]

The finals draw was held on 3 December 2014 in Malabo.[27][29] It was initially to be held on 26 November 2014 in Rabat before the change of host country.[1][30]

The 16 teams were divided into four pots based on the CAF Ranking, with the hosts Equatorial Guinea placed in Pot 1 automatically.[31] The ranking is computed using the teams' results in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers (weighted by 2), 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals (weighted by 3) and qualifiers, the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals (weighted by 2) and qualifiers (weighted by 0.5), and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[32]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 Equatorial Guinea (host; assigned to A1)
 Ghana (48 pts)
 Ivory Coast (44 pts)
 Zambia (41 pts)

 Burkina Faso (40 pts)
 Mali (38 pts)
 Tunisia (32.5 pts)
 Algeria (28 pts)

 Cape Verde (26.5 pts)
 South Africa (23.5 pts)
 Cameroon (23.5 pts)
 Gabon (22 pts)

 Guinea (19 pts)
 Senegal (19 pts)
 DR Congo (18 pts)
 Congo (13 pts)

Match officials[edit]

The following referees were chosen for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Referees
Assistant referees

Squads[edit]

Each team can register a squad of 23 players.[28]

Group stage[edit]

The group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals.

Tiebreakers

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[28]

  1. Number of points obtained in games between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference in games between the teams concerned;
  3. Goals scored in games between the teams concerned;
  4. If, after applying criteria 1 to 3 to several teams, two teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the two teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 7 apply;
  5. Goal difference in all games;
  6. Goals scored in all games;
  7. Drawing of lots.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Equatorial Guinea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Burkina Faso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Gabon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Congo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 17 January 2015. Source: CAF
17 January 2015
Equatorial Guinea   Congo Estadio de Bata, Bata
Gabon   Burkina Faso Estadio de Bata, Bata
21 January 2015
Equatorial Guinea   Burkina Faso Estadio de Bata, Bata
Gabon   Congo Estadio de Bata, Bata
25 January 2015
Congo   Burkina Faso Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
Gabon   Equatorial Guinea Estadio de Bata, Bata

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Zambia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Tunisia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Cape Verde 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  DR Congo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 18 January 2015. Source: CAF
18 January 2015
Zambia   DR Congo Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
Tunisia   Cape Verde Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
22 January 2015
Zambia   Tunisia Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
Cape Verde   DR Congo Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
26 January 2015
DR Congo   Tunisia Estadio de Bata, Bata
Cape Verde   Zambia Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Ghana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Algeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Senegal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 19 January 2015. Source: CAF
19 January 2015
Ghana   Senegal Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
Algeria   South Africa Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
23 January 2015
Ghana   Algeria Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
South Africa   Senegal Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
27 January 2015
Senegal   Algeria Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
South Africa   Ghana Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Ivory Coast 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Mali 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Cameroon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Guinea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 20 January 2015. Source: CAF
20 January 2015
Ivory Coast   Guinea Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Mali   Cameroon Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
24 January 2015
Ivory Coast   Mali Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Cameroon   Guinea Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
28 January 2015
Guinea   Mali Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
Cameroon   Ivory Coast Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time shall be played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by kicks from the penalty mark to determine the winner, except for the play-off for third place where no extra time shall be played.[28]

Quarter-finals[edit]

31 January 2015
17h00
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[ Report]
Estadio de Bata, Bata
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31 January 2015
20h00
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1 February 2015
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1 February 2015
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Semi-finals[edit]

4 February 2015
20h00
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[ Report]
Estadio de Bata, Bata
Referee: ()

5 February 2015
20h00
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[ Report]

Third place play-off[edit]

7 February 2015
17h00
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[ Report]

Final[edit]

8 February 2015
20h00
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[ Report]
Estadio de Bata, Bata
Referee: ()


Media[edit]

Broadcasting[edit]

Territory Channel Ref
 Australia beIN Sports
 Europe Eurosport
 South Africa SABC
 Arab world beIN Sports
 Senegal RTS
 Mali ORTM
 France Canal+ Group
 Ghana GTV
 Sub-Saharan Africa SuperSport
 United Kingdom ITV4
 United States beIN Sports
 Japan NHK
 Colombia Senal Colombia, Win Sports
 New Zealand SKY Sports
 Brazil SporTV
Asia Fox International Channels

Official Mascot[edit]

Match Ball[edit]

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