Kalou feeling the pressure

Kalou feeling the pressure

Salomon Kalou is an African Cup of Nations veteran. At 29 this is his fifth tournament and as usual the pressure is on the Ivory Coast's golden generation.

Mbia says Eto'o absence is a blow

Mbia says Eto'o absence is a blow
Cameroon skipper Stephane Mbia says the absence of Samuel Eto'o from this year's CAF Africa Cup of Nations is a blow for the whole continent as the Indomitable Lions prepare for their opening game of the 2015 finals.

Yaya sits out Saturday training

Yaya sits out Saturday training

Yaya Toure sat out of training on Saturday, three days before the Ivory Coast are set to play their opening fixture at the African Cup of Nations.

Kasperczak determined to go one better

Kasperczak determined to go one better
The last two African Cup of Nations have seen Mali consistently punch above their weight and finishing third. Their veteran coach Henryk Kasperczak is determined to go one better in Equatorial Guinea.

Renard plays down Elephants' chances

Renard plays down Elephants' chances
Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard insists that even Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic would struggle to make the difference at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations as he dismissed suggestions his side are among the tournament favourites.

Sylla out of Guinea opener

Sylla out of Guinea opener
Striker Idrissa Sylla has officially been ruled out for Guinea's Africa Cup of Nations 2015 opening game against Ivory Coast.

New Lions have sharper claws

New Lions have sharper claws

No one really expected the Cameroonian renaissance. They might have dared to dream, but not really believed in it. Afterall, rewind two years and the former African champions were in a bad way.

Kolo: Afcon is a big chance for African image

Kolo: Afcon is a big chance for African image
Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure believes the Africa Cup of Nations is a chance for players to paint a positive picture of the continent.

Group D is a mini Francophone tourney

Group D is a mini Francophone tourney

Ivory Coast were firm favourites for each of the last four African Nations Cups but fell short every time and are likely to enjoy going in somewhat under the radar on this occasion.

Mali fact box

Mali fact box

Fact box on African Nations Cup qualifiers Mali.

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Guinea fact box
Fact box on African Nations Cup qualifiers Guinea.

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Ivory Coast fact box
Fact box on African Nations Cup qualifiers Ivory Coast.

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