FRANCE 24's correspondent François Picard reports from Ghana, host to the XXVI African Nations Cup competition.
Friday, Feb. 8
A collective groan overcomes Ghana's second city shortly after 6pm when on the giant screen, Cameroonian substitute Nkonda - against the run of play - shatters what hitherto seemed like a predestined march to the title for the hosts.
Across the capital of
The game kicks off with the neutral spectators returning to life. They can enjoy the Ivorians' individual skills and the Egyptians' uncanny teamwork. The Pharaoes exploit an all-too patchy defense. The Ghanaians, who generally support their Ivorian neighbors, also know their football.
At half-time, the Egyptians only lead 1-0 but the Baba Yara Stadium's already braced for more after several close calls. That's precisely when an orange shirt-clad spectator of a certain size (and weight) decides he's had enough of the playful needling of an Anglophone gentlemen several rows back. The Ivorian jumps out of his seat, digs deep in his pocket, and brandishes... a plastic badge. "You see this," he shouts in French. "Me, I'm a policeman and when you come to
Wednesday 6 February
All the talk is about the semi-final between the hosts
Date created : 2008-02-06