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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) 4 (in 4 host cities)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 18
Goals scored 35 (1.94 per match)
Attendance 344,850 (19,158 per match)
Top scorer(s) Republic of the Congo Thievy Bifouma
(2 goals)
2013
2017
Result of countries participating in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, also known as the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 for sponsorship reasons, is the 30th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the international football championship of Africa. It is organized 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 shortlist.[13] 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]

  Qualified
  Failed to qualify
  Withdrew, disqualified or did not enter
  Not part of CAF

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 nations entered the tournament (excluding initial hosts Morocco). It was the competitive debut of South Sudan. 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 qualified for the tournament automatically.[4]

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

Qualified teams[edit]

The following sixteen teams qualified for the tournament.

Country Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearance in tournament12
 Equatorial Guinea Hosts 14 November 2014 1 (2012)
 South Africa Group A winners 15 November 2014 8 (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2013)
 Congo Group A runners-up 19 November 2014 6 (1968, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1992, 2000)
 Algeria Group B winners 15 October 2014 15 (1968, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2013)
 Mali Group B runners-up 19 November 2014 8 (1972, 1994, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
 Gabon Group C winners 15 November 2014 5 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2010, 2012)
 Burkina Faso Group C runners-up 15 November 2014 9 (1978, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2013)
 Cameroon Group D winners 15 November 2014 16 (1970, 1972, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Ivory Coast Group D runners-up 19 November 2014 20 (1965, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
 Ghana Group E winners 19 November 2014 19 (1963, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
 Guinea Group E runners-up 19 November 2014 10 (1970, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1994, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012)
 Cape Verde Group F winners 15 October 2014 1 (2013)
 Zambia Group F runners-up 15 November 2014 16 (1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
 Tunisia Group G winners 14 November 2014 16 (1962, 1963, 1965, 1978, 1982, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
 Senegal Group G runners-up 15 November 2014 12 (1965, 1968, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012)
 DR Congo Best third placed team 19 November 2014 16 (1965, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2013)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year.
2 Italic indicates host for that year.

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.

Screening for Ebola was given to all spectators attending matches.[28]

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
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 15,250 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 10,000
Bata Stadium Equatorial Guinea.JPG Estadio de Malabo Equatorial Guinea.JPG Stade-Mongomo.jpg

Format[edit]

Only the hosts got an automatic qualification spot, the other 15 teams qualified through qualification tournament. At the finals, the 16 teams are 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.[29]

Draw[edit]

The finals draw was held on 3 December 2014 in Malabo.[27][30] It was initially to be held on 26 November 2014 in Rabat before the change of host country.[1][31]

The 16 teams were divided into four pots based on the CAF Ranking, with the hosts Equatorial Guinea placed in Pot 1 automatically.[32] 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.[33]

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.[29]

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:[29]

  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 teams concerned, two or three teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between these teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 7 will 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  Congo (A) 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Equatorial Guinea (H, A) 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
3  Gabon (E) 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
4  Burkina Faso (E) 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(A) Advances to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (H) Host.
17 January 2015
Equatorial Guinea  1–1  Congo Estadio de Bata, Bata
Burkina Faso  0–2  Gabon Estadio de Bata, Bata
21 January 2015
Equatorial Guinea  0–0  Burkina Faso Estadio de Bata, Bata
Gabon  0–1  Congo Estadio de Bata, Bata
25 January 2015
Gabon  0–2  Equatorial Guinea Estadio de Bata, Bata
Congo  2–1  Burkina Faso Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Tunisia 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4 Advance to knockout stage
2  Cape Verde 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
3  DR Congo 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
4  Zambia 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1
Updated to match(es) played on 22 January 2015. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
18 January 2015
Zambia  1–1  DR Congo Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
Tunisia  1–1  Cape Verde Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
22 January 2015
Zambia  1–2  Tunisia Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
Cape Verde  0–0  DR Congo Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
26 January 2015
Cape Verde  Match 19  Zambia Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
DR Congo  Match 20  Tunisia Estadio de Bata, Bata

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Senegal 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4 Advance to knockout stage
2  Ghana 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
3  Algeria 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
4  South Africa 2 0 1 1 2 4 −2 1
Updated to match(es) played on 23 January 2015. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
19 January 2015
Ghana  1–2  Senegal Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
Algeria  3–1  South Africa Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
23 January 2015
Ghana  1–0  Algeria Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
South Africa  1–1  Senegal Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
27 January 2015
South Africa  Match 21  Ghana Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
Senegal  Match 22  Algeria Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Cameroon 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2 Advance to knockout stage
2  Guinea 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
3  Ivory Coast 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
4  Mali 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
Updated to match(es) played on 24 January 2015. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
20 January 2015
Ivory Coast  1–1  Guinea Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Mali  1–1  Cameroon Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
24 January 2015
Ivory Coast  1–1  Mali Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Cameroon  1–1  Guinea Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
28 January 2015
Cameroon  Match 23  Ivory Coast Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Guinea  Match 24  Mali Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo

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.[29]

 
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 
                   
 
31 January – Bata
 
 
 Congo
 
4 February – Bata
 
Runner-up Group B
 
Winner Match 25
 
1 February – Malabo
 
Winner Match 28
 
Winner Group D
 
8 February – Bata
 
Runner-up Group C
 
Winner Match 29
 
1 February – Mongomo
 
Winner Match 30
 
Winner Group C
 
5 February – Malabo
 
Runner-up Group D
 
Winner Match 27
 
31 January – Ebebiyín
 
Winner Match 26 Third Place
 
Winner Group B
 
7 February – Malabo
 
 Equatorial Guinea
 
Loser Match 29
 
 
Loser Match 30
 

All times local, WAT (UTC+1).

Quarter-finals[edit]

31 January 2015
17:00
Congo  Match 25 Runner-up Group B
Report
Estadio de Bata, Bata
Referee: ()

31 January 2015
20:00
Winner Group B Match 26  Equatorial Guinea
Report

1 February 2015
17:00
Winner Group C Match 27 Runner-up Group D
Report

1 February 2015
20:00
Winner Group D Match 28 Runner-up Group C
Report

Semi-finals[edit]

4 February 2015
20:00
Winner Match 25 Match 29 Winner Match 28
Report
Estadio de Bata, Bata
Referee: ()

5 February 2015
20:00
Winner Match 27 Match 30 Winner Match 26
Report

Third place play-off[edit]

7 February 2015
17:00
Loser Match 29 Match 31 Loser Match 30
Report

Final[edit]

8 February 2015
20:00
Winner Match 29 Match 32 Winner Match 30
Report
Estadio de Bata, Bata
Referee: ()

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Discipline[edit]

In the final tournament, a player was suspended for the subsequent match in the competition for either getting red card or accumulating two yellow cards in two different matches. The disciplinary panel has the ability to increase the automatic one match ban for a red card (e.g. for violent conduct). Single yellow card cautions were erased at the conclusion of the group stage, and were not carried over to the knockout stage.[29] The following players were or are suspended during the final tournament – for one or more games – as a result of red cards or yellow card accumulations:

Player Offence Suspension
Burkina Faso Florent Rouamba Carried over from qualification Group A vs Gabon[34]
Zambia Donashano Malama Group B vs DR Congo[35]
South Africa Eric Mathoho Group C vs Algeria[36]
South Africa Reneilwe Letsholonyane
Guinea Seydouba Soumah Group D vs Ivory Coast[37]
Ivory Coast Gervinho Red card vs Guinea Group D vs Mali
Group D vs Cameroon[38]
Equatorial Guinea Diosdado Mbele Booked vs Congo
Booked vs Burkina Faso
Group A vs Gabon
Republic of the Congo Boris Moubhibo Booked vs Equatorial Guinea
Booked vs Gabon
Group A vs Burkina Faso
Ivory Coast Cheick Tioté Booked vs Guinea
Booked vs Mali
Group D vs Cameroon

Tournament team rankings[edit]

Marketing[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations has one title sponsor and seven official sponsors as shown below.[39]

Title sponsor Official sponsors

Media[edit]

Broadcasting[edit]

Territory Channel Ref
 Australia beIN Sports
 Europe Eurosport
 South Africa SABC
 Arab world beIN Sports
 Senegal RTS
 Benin ORTB
 Mali ORTM
 France Canal+ Group
 Ghana GTV
 Sub-Saharan Africa SuperSport
 United Kingdom British Eurosport

ITV

 United States beIN Sports
 Japan NHK
 Colombia Senal Colombia, Win Sports
 New Zealand SKY Sports
 Brazil SporTV
 Asia Fox International Channels
 India Sony SIX

Match ball[edit]

The new Adidas Africa Cup Ball is called Adidas Marhaba (meaning Welcome, in Arabic) - The Africa Cup 2015 Ball was unveiled November 26, 2014 following the controversy about the host situation for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.[40]

Mascot[edit]

The official mascot of the tournament is "Chuku Chuku", a squirrel.[41]

Opening ceremony[edit]

The opening ceremony of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations took place on 17 January, at the Estadio de Bata, before the opening match of the tournament between hosts Equatorial Guinea and Congo.

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