2015 Africa Cup of Nations

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2015 Africa Cup of Nations
Copa Africana de Naciones 2015
Campeonato Africano das Nações de 2015
Coupe d'Afrique des Nations 2015
AFCON 2015
CAN 2015
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Tournament details
Host countryEquatorial Guinea
Dates17 January – 8 February
Teams16
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast (2nd title)
Runners-upFlag of Ghana.svg  Ghana
Third placeFlag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo
Fourth placeFlag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored68 (2.13 per match)
Attendance617,374 (19,293 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Tunisia.svg Ahmed Akaïchi
Flag of Ghana.svg André Ayew
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg Javier Balboa
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Thievy Bifouma
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Dieumerci Mbokani
(3 goals each)
Best player(s) Flag of Ghana.svg Christian Atsu
Best goalkeeper Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Sylvain Gbohouo
Fair play awardFlag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo
2013
2017
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Champion
Runner-up
Third place
Fourth place
Quarter-finals
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  Champion
  Runner-up
  Third place
  Fourth place
  Quarter-finals
  Group stage

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, known as the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea 2015 for sponsorship reasons, was the 30th staging of the Africa Cup of Nations, the international men's football championship of Africa. It was organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and was held from 17 January to 8 February 2015. [1] [2]

Contents

The tournament was initially scheduled to be hosted by Morocco who later demanded postponement of the event because of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa; [3] subsequently Morocco was ruled out as a host country and replaced by Equatorial Guinea. [4]

Ivory Coast won the tournament for their second Africa Cup of Nations title, defeating Ghana 9–8 in a penalty shoot-out after the final finished goalless following extra time. The DR Congo came third and the hosts Equatorial Guinea fourth, while defending champions Nigeria did not qualify.

Host selection

Bids:

BidderLast hosted
Botswana [5] -
Cameroon [6] 1972
DR Congo [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, with CAF visiting the country in early November 2010. [16] South Africa was inspected in December 2010.

NationLast hosted
Morocco 1988
South Africa 2013 [17]

On 29 January, during the 2011 CAF Super Cup, the CAF Board decided that Morocco would host the 2015 African Cup of Nations, while the 2017 edition would be held in South Africa. [18] 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. [19] Casablanca would serve as an alternative venue. [20]

Moroccan withdrawal

In October 2014, the government of Morocco requested a postponement of the tournament due to the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. [21] 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. [22] On 8 November, Morocco failed to meet this deadline to confirm it would host the tournament. [23] 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] [24] CAF confirmed legal action against Morocco due to a contract signed in April 2014. [25] 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. [25] On 6 February 2015, CAF announced that Morocco had been banned from the next two AFCON tournaments, fined 1 million US dollars, as well as demanding 9 million US dollars in compensation. [26] [27] However, the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning Morocco may enter the tournaments. [28]

Egypt, Ghana, South Africa and Sudan all declined to take over as hosts. [29] 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. [25]

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

Qualification

Qualified
Failed to qualify
Withdrew, disqualified or did not enter
Not part of CAF 2015 ACN Qualification.png
  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] [24] 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. [30]

Qualified teams

The following sixteen teams qualified for the tournament.

CountryQualified asQualified onPrevious appearance in tournament 12
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea Hosts14 November 20141 ( 2012 )
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Group A winners15 November 20148 ( 1996 , 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2013 )
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo Group A runners-up19 November 20146 (1968, 1972 , 1974, 1978, 1992, 2000)
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria Group B winners15 October 201415 (1968, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990 , 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2013)
Flag of Mali.svg  Mali Group B runners-up19 November 20148 (1972, 1994, 2002 , 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
Flag of Gabon.svg  Gabon Group C winners15 November 20145 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2010, 2012 )
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso Group C runners-up15 November 20149 (1978, 1996, 1998 , 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2013)
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon Group D winners15 November 201416 (1970, 1972 , 1982, 1984 , 1986, 1988 , 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000 , 2002 , 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast Group D runners-up19 November 201420 (1965, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1980, 1984 , 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992 , 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana Group E winners19 November 201419 ( 1963 , 1965 , 1968, 1970, 1978 , 1980, 1982 , 1984, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000 , 2002, 2006, 2008 , 2010, 2012, 2013)
Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea Group E runners-up19 November 201410 (1970, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1994, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012)
Flag of Cape Verde.svg  Cape Verde Group F winners15 October 20141 (2013)
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia Group F runners-up15 November 201416 (1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 , 2013)
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia Group G winners14 November 201416 (1962, 1963, 1965 , 1978, 1982, 1994 , 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 , 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal Group G runners-up15 November 201412 (1965, 1968, 1986, 1990, 1992 , 1994, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012)
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo Best third placed team19 November 201416 (1965, 1968 , 1970, 1972, 1974 , 1976, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2013)
1Bold indicates champion for that year.
2Italic indicates host for that year.

Venues

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The four Equatorial Guinean cities selected to host the tournament were Malabo, Bata, Mongomo and Ebebiyín. [31]

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

Screening for Ebola was given to all spectators attending matches. [32]

Bata Malabo
Equatorial Guinea adm location map.svg
Red pog.svg
Mongomo
Red pog.svg
Bata
Red pog.svg
Malabo
Red pog.svg
Ebebiyín
Mongomo Ebebiyín
Estadio de Bata Nuevo Estadio de Malabo Estadio de Mongomo Estadio Mannuel Enguru
Capacity: 41,000Capacity: 15,250Capacity: 15,000Capacity: 8,000
Estadio de Bata (15896737884).jpg Estadio de Malabo Equatorial Guinea.JPG Stade-Mongomo.jpg

Format

Only the hosts got an automatic qualification spot, the other 15 teams qualified through qualification tournament. At the finals, the 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams each. The teams in each group played a single round robin. After the group stage, the top two teams from each group advanced to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal winners advanced to the semifinals. The semifinal losers played in the third place match, while the semifinal winners played in the final. [33]

Draw

The finals draw was held on 3 December 2014 in Malabo. [31] [34] It was initially to be held on 26 November 2014 in Rabat before the change of host country. [1] [35]

The 16 teams were divided into four pots based on the CAF Ranking, with the hosts Equatorial Guinea placed in Pot 1 automatically. [36] The ranking was 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 (weighted by 1), the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals (weighted by 2) and qualifiers (weighted by 0.5), the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations finals (weighted by 1), and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. [37]

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4

Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea (host; assigned to A1)
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana (48 pts)
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast (44 pts)
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia (41 pts)

Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso (40 pts)
Flag of Mali.svg  Mali (38 pts)
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia (32.5 pts)
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria (28 pts)

Flag of Cape Verde.svg  Cape Verde (26.5 pts)
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa (23.5 pts)
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon (23.5 pts)
Flag of Gabon.svg  Gabon (22 pts)

Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea (19 pts)
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal (19 pts)
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo (18 pts)
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo (13 pts)

Match officials

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

Referees
Assistant referees

Squads

Each team could register a squad of 23 players. [33]

Group stage

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: [33]

  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

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo 321042+27Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea (H)312031+25
3Flag of Gabon.svg  Gabon 31022313
4Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso 30121431
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host
17 January 2015
Equatorial Guinea  Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg 1–1 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo Estadio de Bata, Bata
Burkina Faso  Flag of Burkina Faso.svg 0–2 Flag of Gabon.svg  Gabon Estadio de Bata, Bata
21 January 2015
Equatorial Guinea  Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg 0–0 Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso Estadio de Bata, Bata
Gabon  Flag of Gabon.svg 0–1 Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo Estadio de Bata, Bata
25 January 2015
Gabon  Flag of Gabon.svg 0–2 Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea Estadio de Bata, Bata
Congo  Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg 2–1 Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 312043+15Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo 30302203
3Flag of Cape Verde.svg  Cape Verde 30301103
4Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia 30212312
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
18 January 2015
Zambia  Flag of Zambia.svg 1–1 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
Tunisia  Flag of Tunisia.svg 1–1 Flag of Cape Verde.svg  Cape Verde Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
22 January 2015
Zambia  Flag of Zambia.svg 1–2 Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
Cape Verde  Flag of Cape Verde.svg 0–0 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
26 January 2015
Cape Verde  Flag of Cape Verde.svg 0–0 Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
DR Congo  Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg 1–1 Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia Estadio de Bata, Bata

Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 320143+16Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 320152+36
3Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 31113414
4Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 30123631
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
19 January 2015
Ghana  Flag of Ghana.svg 1–2 Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
Algeria  Flag of Algeria.svg 3–1 Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
23 January 2015
Ghana  Flag of Ghana.svg 1–0 Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
South Africa  Flag of South Africa.svg 1–1 Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
27 January 2015
South Africa  Flag of South Africa.svg 1–2 Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
Senegal  Flag of Senegal.svg 0–2 Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo

Group D

Guinea and Mali finished level on the second spot after the group stage, making the first drawing of lots needed at the tournament since 1988. Unlike some other international tournaments, 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament regulations would not use fair-play criteria or a penalty shoot-out after the teams met on the last match day to determine the final group ranking. Both head coaches have openly criticised the regulations. [38]

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 312032+15Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea 30303303 [lower-alpha 1]
3Flag of Mali.svg  Mali 30303303 [lower-alpha 1]
4Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 30212312
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Guinea and Mali were tied on head-to-head record, overall goal difference, and overall goals scored. A drawing of lots took place on 29 January 2015, 16:00 local time at the Hilton Malabo. Guinea selected the lot for 2nd place and advanced to the quarter-finals as the group runner-up. [39] [40] [41]
20 January 2015
Ivory Coast  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 1–1 Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Mali  Flag of Mali.svg 1–1 Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
24 January 2015
Ivory Coast  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 1–1 Flag of Mali.svg  Mali Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Cameroon  Flag of Cameroon.svg 1–1 Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
28 January 2015
Cameroon  Flag of Cameroon.svg 0–1 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Guinea  Flag of Guinea.svg 1–1 Flag of Mali.svg  Mali Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo

Knockout stage

Match Ghana vs Guinea ACON 2015 GHA GUI (16511976922).jpg
Match Ghana vs Guinea
2015 Africa Cup of Nations Champions Ivory Coast Acon final 2015 (16331506630).jpg
2015 Africa Cup of Nations Champions Ivory Coast

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. [33]

On 27 January 2015, the CAF announced that they had relocated the venues of two of the quarter-finals: [42]

The kick-off time of quarter-finals 2 and 4 are also changed from 20:00 to 20:30 local time.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
31 January – Bata
 
 
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo 2
 
4 February – Bata
 
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo 4
 
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo 1
 
1 February – Malabo
 
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 3
 
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 3
 
8 February – Bata
 
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 1
 
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast (pen.)0 (9)
 
1 February – Malabo
 
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 0 (8)
 
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 3
 
5 February – Malabo
 
Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea 0
 
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 3
 
31 January – Bata
 
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea 0 Third place
 
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 1
 
7 February – Malabo
 
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea (a.e.t.)2
 
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo (pen.)0 (4)
 
 
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea 0 (2)
 

Scores after extra time are indicated by (a.e.t.), and penalty shoot-out are indicated by (pen.).

All times local, WAT (UTC+1).

Quarter-finals

Congo  Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg 2–4 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo
Doré Soccerball shade.svg55'
Bifouma Soccerball shade.svg62'
Report Mbokani Soccerball shade.svg65', 90+1'
Bokila Soccerball shade.svg75'
Kimwaki Soccerball shade.svg81'
Estadio de Bata, Bata
Attendance: 31,670
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)

Tunisia  Flag of Tunisia.svg 1–2 (a.e.t.)Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea
Akaïchi Soccerball shade.svg70' Report Balboa Soccerball shade.svg90+3' (pen.), 102'
Estadio de Bata, Bata
Attendance: 41,000
Referee: Rajindraparsad Seechurn (Mauritius)

Ghana  Flag of Ghana.svg 3–0 Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea
Atsu Soccerball shade.svg4', 61'
Appiah Soccerball shade.svg44'
Report
Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Attendance: 14,500
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)

Ivory Coast  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 3–1 Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
Bony Soccerball shade.svg26', 68'
Gervinho Soccerball shade.svg90+4'
Report Soudani Soccerball shade.svg51'
Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

Semi-finals

DR Congo  Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg 1–3 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast
Mbokani Soccerball shade.svg24' (pen.) Report Y. Touré Soccerball shade.svg20'
Gervinho Soccerball shade.svg41'
Kanon Soccerball shade.svg68'
Estadio de Bata, Bata
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Sidi Alioum (Cameroon)

Ghana  Flag of Ghana.svg 3–0 Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea
J. Ayew Soccerball shade.svg42' (pen.)
Wakaso Soccerball shade.svg45+1'
A. Ayew Soccerball shade.svg75'
Report

Third place play-off

Note: no extra-time was played

Final

Statistics

Goalscorers

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Awards

Pepsi Highest Scorer
Player nameGames playedGoals scoredAssistsMinutes playedSource
Flag of Ghana.svg André Ayew 632 [43]
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Thievy Bifouma 43
Flag of Tunisia.svg Ahmed Akaïchi 43
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Dieumerci Mbokani 631
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg Javier Balboa 63
Orange Man of the Competition
Best Goalkeeper
Nissan Goal of the tournament
Samsung Fair Player of the Tournament
Fair Play of the tournament
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo [44]
CAF Team of the Tournament [45]
GoalkeeperDefendersMidfieldersForwards
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Sylvain Gbohouo
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Robert Kidiaba (tie)
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Serge Aurier
Flag of Ghana.svg Harrison Afful
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Kolo Touré
Flag of Ghana.svg André Ayew
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Yaya Touré
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Max Gradel
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Yannick Bolasie
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Gervinho
Flag of Ghana.svg Christian Atsu
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Wilfried Bony

Discipline

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. [33] 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:

PlayerOffenceSuspension
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg Florent Rouamba Carried over from qualification Group A vs Gabon [46]
Flag of Zambia.svg Donashano Malama Group B vs DR Congo [47]
Flag of South Africa.svg Eric Mathoho Group C vs Algeria [48]
Flag of South Africa.svg Reneilwe Letsholonyane
Flag of Guinea.svg Seydouba Soumah Group D vs Ivory Coast [49]
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Gervinho Red card.svg vs Guinea Group D vs Mali
Group D vs Cameroon [50]
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg Diosdado Mbele Yellow card.svg vs Congo
Yellow card.svg vs Burkina Faso
Group A vs Gabon
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Boris Moubhibo Yellow card.svg vs Equatorial Guinea
Yellow card.svg vs Gabon
Group A vs Burkina Faso
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Cheick Tioté Yellow card.svg vs Guinea
Yellow card.svg vs Mali
Group D vs Cameroon
Flag of Guinea.svg Naby Yattara Red card.svg vs Ghana Africa Cup of Nations qualifying
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg Ibán Yellow card.svg vs Tunisia
Yellow card.svg vs Ghana
Third place play-off vs DR Congo

Tournament team rankings

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsFinal result
1Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 633094+512Champions
2Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 6411103+713Runner-up
3Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo 61417707Third place
4Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea (H)62315509Fourth place
5Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo 42116607Eliminated in
Quarter-finals
6Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 420265+16
7Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 41215505
8Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea 40313633
9Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 31113414Eliminated in
Group stage
10Flag of Mali.svg  Mali 30303303
11Flag of Cape Verde.svg  Cape Verde 30301103
12Flag of Gabon.svg  Gabon 31022313
13(T)Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 30212312
13(T)Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia 30212312
15Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 30123631
16Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso 30121431
Source: [ citation needed ]
(H) Host

Marketing

Sponsorship

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations has one title sponsor and seven official sponsors as shown below. [51]

Title sponsorOfficial sponsors

Match ball

The new Adidas Africa Cup Ball is called Adidas Marhaba (meaning Welcome, in Arabic). The Africa Cup 2015 Ball was unveiled 26 November 2014 following the controversy about the host situation for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. [52]

Mascot

The official mascot of the tournament was "Chuku Chuku", a porcupine. [53]

Opening ceremony

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.

Controversies

Drawing of lots

Guinea and Mali finished with equal records in Group D, thus the drawing of lots was required to choose who would advance into the quarter-finals. Prior to the draw, Mali coach Henri Kasperczak said that the tournament "must find a more sporting way [to decide who advances], fairer...This does not correspond to a sporting spirit". His Guinean counterpart Michel Dussuyer said that neither team deserved to be eliminated in that manner. [54]

Guinea won the draw, causing a complaint from Boubacar Diarra, president of the Malian FA. Issa Haytou, president of CAF, defended the process as the only option. [55]

The CAF Disciplinary Committee's South African President Raymond Hack stated that CAF's Member Associations had chosen the option of picking lots ahead of penalties six months prior. He also said that the "Fair Play [disciplinary] table was to be used but the countries object to that and they said the table must be taken out of the rules. Had the Fair play table been used, Guinea would have qualified ahead of Mali with a better disciplinary record." [56]

Tunisia vs. Equatorial Guinea refereeing

Wadie Jary, the president of the Tunisian Football Federation, claimed that there was a bias against Tunisia following their controversial quarter-final defeat to Equatorial Guinea on 31 January 2015. He was banned from CAF competitions and activities. [57] Rajindraparsad Seechurn, the Mauritian referee who gave a penalty to Equatorial Guinea in that match, was banned from officiating for six months and removed from CAF's elite register of referees. [58] The Tunisian FA was fined $50,000 for confronting the referee during the match, in addition to damage to changing room facilities, while Equatorial Guinea was fined $5,000 for inadequate security at the stadium. [58]

Equatorial Guinea vs. Ghana crowd incidents

During the semi-final fixture between host nation of Equatorial Guinea and Ghana several incidents occurred between the home fans, visiting fans and police. At the half-time break with Ghana leading the game 2–0, the Ghanaian players were protected from hostile Equatoguinean fans by police using plastic shields.

During the 82nd minute in the second half, fans rushed onto the pitch and missiles were thrown at the Ghanaian substitute players. The players moved onto the pitch to escape the missiles. The travelling Ghanaian fans were also targets and took shelter near the goal of the pitch, out of the range of those throwing objects. A helicopter was dispatched and used to disperse spectators out of the stadium by hovering at a low height above them. The Ghanaian FA described the incident as being similar to a "war zone". [59]

Equatorial Guinea's Police force had fired smoke bombs into the stands in an attempt to bring order. [60] The game was stopped for about 30 minutes, before recommencing for a few minutes.

CAF imposed a US$100k fine on the Equatoguinean Football Federation and were informed an 'official match' in Equatorial Guinea must be held 'behind closed doors' after the tournament's completion. [61]

DR Congo defender Gabriel Zakuani stated that he would rather his team forfeit the third-place playoff instead of play in front of Equatorial Guinea's fans, an opinion which was not shared by his manager Florent Ibengé. [62]

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