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2015 Africa Cup of Nations

2015 Africa Cup of Nations
Copa Africana de Naciones 2015
AFCON 2015
CAN 2015
Tournament details
Host country 23x15px Equatorial Guinea
Dates 17 January – 8 February
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions 23x15px Ivory Coast (2nd title)
Runners-up 23x15px Ghana
Third place 23x15px DR Congo
Fourth place 23x15px Equatorial Guinea
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 68 (2.13 per match)
Top scorer(s) 23x15px Ahmed Akaïchi
23x15px André Ayew
23x15px Javier Balboa
23x15px Thievy Bifouma
23x15px Dieumerci Mbokani
(3 goals each)
Best player 23x15px Christian Atsu
Best goalkeeper 23x15px Sylvain Gbohouo
Fair play award 23x15px DR Congo
File:2015 ACN Results.png
Result of countries participating in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, known as the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 for sponsorship reasons, was the 30th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the international 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]

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]

The 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.



The following countries expressed an interest in hosting the tournament: Botswana,[5] Cameroon,[6] DR Congo,[7] Guinea,[8] Morocco,[9] South Africa,[10] Zambia,[11] and 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?]

Nation Last hosted
23x15px Morocco 1988
23x15px South Africa 1996[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]


File:2015 ACN Qualification.png
  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.

Country Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearance in tournament12
23x15px Equatorial Guinea Hosts 14 November 2014 1 (2012)
23x15px South Africa Group A winners 15 November 2014 8 (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2013)
23x15px Congo Group A runners-up 19 November 2014 6 (1968, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1992, 2000)
23x15px Algeria Group B winners 15 October 2014 15 (1968, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2013)
23x15px Mali Group B runners-up 19 November 2014 8 (1972, 1994, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
23x15px Gabon Group C winners 15 November 2014 5 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2010, 2012)
23x15px Burkina Faso Group C runners-up 15 November 2014 9 (1978, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2013)
23x15px Cameroon Group D winners 15 November 2014 16 (1970, 1972, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
23x15px 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)
23x15px 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)
23x15px Guinea Group E runners-up 19 November 2014 10 (1970, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1994, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012)
23x15px Cape Verde Group F winners 15 October 2014 1 (2013)
23x15px 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)
23x15px Tunisia Group G winners 14 November 2014 16 (1962, 1963, 1965, 1978, 1982, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
23x15px Senegal Group G runners-up 15 November 2014 12 (1965, 1968, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012)
23x15px 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.


The four Equatorial Guinean cities selected to host the tournament are 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 Mongomo Ebebiyín
Estadio de Bata Nuevo Estadio de Malabo Estadio de Mongomo Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín
Capacity: 41,000 Capacity: 15,250 Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 8,000
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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]


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 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 (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 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

23x15px Equatorial Guinea (host; assigned to A1)
23x15px Ghana (48 pts)
23x15px Ivory Coast (44 pts)
23x15px Zambia (41 pts)

23x15px Burkina Faso (40 pts)
23x15px Mali (38 pts)
23x15px Tunisia (32.5 pts)
23x15px Algeria (28 pts)

23x15px Cape Verde (26.5 pts)
23x15px South Africa (23.5 pts)
23x15px Cameroon (23.5 pts)
23x15px Gabon (22 pts)

23x15px Guinea (19 pts)
23x15px Senegal (19 pts)
23x15px DR Congo (18 pts)
23x15px Congo (13 pts)

Match officials

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


Assistant referees


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

Group stage

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


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

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17 January 2015
Equatorial Guinea 23x15px 1–1 23x15px Congo Estadio de Bata, Bata
Burkina Faso 23x15px 0–2 23x15px Gabon Estadio de Bata, Bata
21 January 2015
Equatorial Guinea 23x15px 0–0 23x15px Burkina Faso Estadio de Bata, Bata
Gabon 23x15px 0–1 23x15px Congo Estadio de Bata, Bata
25 January 2015
Gabon 23x15px 0–2 23x15px Equatorial Guinea Estadio de Bata, Bata
Congo 23x15px 2–1 23x15px Burkina Faso Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín

Group B

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18 January 2015
Zambia 23x15px 1–1 23x15px DR Congo Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
Tunisia 23x15px 1–1 23x15px Cape Verde Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
22 January 2015
Zambia 23x15px 1–2 23x15px Tunisia Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
Cape Verde 23x15px 0–0 23x15px DR Congo Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
26 January 2015
Cape Verde 23x15px 0–0 23x15px Zambia Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
DR Congo 23x15px 1–1 23x15px Tunisia Estadio de Bata, Bata

Group C

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19 January 2015
Ghana 23x15px 1–2 23x15px Senegal Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
Algeria 23x15px 3–1 23x15px South Africa Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
23 January 2015
Ghana 23x15px 1–0 23x15px Algeria Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
South Africa 23x15px 1–1 23x15px Senegal Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
27 January 2015
South Africa 23x15px 1–2 23x15px Ghana Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
Senegal 23x15px 0–2 23x15px 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] Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Sports table/WDL' not found.

20 January 2015
Ivory Coast 23x15px 1–1 23x15px Guinea Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Mali 23x15px 1–1 23x15px Cameroon Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
24 January 2015
Ivory Coast 23x15px 1–1 23x15px Mali Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Cameroon 23x15px 1–1 23x15px Guinea Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
28 January 2015
Cameroon 23x15px 0–1 23x15px Ivory Coast Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Guinea 23x15px 1–1 23x15px Mali Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo

Knockout stage

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:[39]

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

All times local, WAT (UTC+1).



Third place play-off

Note: no extra-time was played



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Ivory Coast
Second title
 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Champions 



3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal


Pepsi Highest Scorer
Player name Games played Goals scored Assists Minutes played Source
23x15px André Ayew 6 3 2 [40]
23x15px Thievy Bifouma 4 3
23x15px Ahmed Akaïchi 4 3
23x15px Dieumerci Mbokani 6 3 1
23x15px Javier Balboa 6 3
Orange Man of the Competition
Best Goalkeeper
Nissan Goal of the tournament
Samsung Fair Player of the Tournament
Fair Play of the tournament
23x15px DR Congo[41]
CAF Team of the Tournament[42]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
23x15px Sylvain Gbohouo
23x15px Robert Kidiaba (tie)
23x15px Serge Aurier
23x15px Harrison Afful
23x15px Kolo Touré
23x15px André Ayew
23x15px Yaya Touré
23x15px Max Gradel
23x15px Yannick Bolasie
23x15px Gervinho
23x15px Christian Atsu
23x15px Wilfried Bony


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:

Player Offence Suspension
23x15px Florent Rouamba Carried over from qualification Group A vs Gabon[43]
23x15px Donashano Malama Group B vs DR Congo[44]
23x15px Eric Mathoho Group C vs Algeria[45]
23x15px Reneilwe Letsholonyane
23x15px Seydouba Soumah Group D vs Ivory Coast[46]
23x15px Gervinho Sent off vs Guinea Group D vs Mali
Group D vs Cameroon[47]
23x15px Diosdado Mbele Booked vs Congo
Booked vs Burkina Faso
Group A vs Gabon
23x15px Boris Moubhibo Booked vs Equatorial Guinea
Booked vs Gabon
Group A vs Burkina Faso
23x15px Cheick Tioté Booked vs Guinea
Booked vs Mali
Group D vs Cameroon
23x15px Naby Yattara Sent off vs Ghana Africa Cup of Nations qualifying
23x15px Ibán Booked vs Tunisia
Booked vs Ghana
Third place play-off vs DR Congo

Tournament team rankings

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The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations has one title sponsor and seven official sponsors as shown below.[48]

Title sponsor Official sponsors



Territory Channel Ref
23x15px Arab world beIN Sports Arabia
 Asia Fox International Channels
23x15px Australia beIN Sports
23x15px Benin ORTB
23x15px Brazil SporTV
23x15px Cape Verde RTC
23x15px Colombia Senal Colombia, Win Sports
23x15px Europe Eurosport
23x15px France Canal+ Group
23x15px Ghana GTV/KTV
Template:Country data India Sony SIX
23x15px Ivory Coast RTI
Template:Country data Japan NHK
23x15px Mali ORTM
23x15px New Zealand SKY Sports
23x15px Senegal RTS
23x15px South Africa SABC
 Sub-Saharan Africa SuperSport
23x15px United Kingdom British Eurosport


23x15px United States beIN Sports

Match ball

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.[49]


The official mascot of the tournament was "Chuku Chuku", a porcupine.[50]

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.


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.[51]

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.[52]

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.[53]

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.[54] 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.[55] 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.[55]

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".[56]

Equatorial Guinea's Police force had fired smoke bombs into the stands in an attempt to bring order.[57] The game was stopped for about 30 minutes, before recommencing for a few minutes.

CAF imposed a US$100k fine on FEGUIFUT and were informed an 'official match' in Equatorial Guinea must be held 'behind closed doors' after the tournament's completion.[58]

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.[59]


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