2015 Africa Cup of Nations
|Copa Africana de Naciones 2015|
|Host country||23x15px Equatorial Guinea|
|Dates||17 January – 8 February|
|Teams||16 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Champions||23x15px Ivory Coast (2nd title)|
|Third place||23x15px DR Congo|
|Fourth place||23x15px Equatorial Guinea|
|Goals scored||68 (2.13 per match)|
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|
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.
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; subsequently Morocco was ruled out as a host country and replaced by Equatorial Guinea.
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.
- 1 Hosting
- 2 Qualification
- 3 Venues
- 4 Format
- 5 Draw
- 6 Match officials
- 7 Squads
- 8 Group stage
- 9 Knockout stage
- 10 Winners
- 11 Statistics
- 12 Marketing
- 13 Media
- 14 Match ball
- 15 Mascot
- 16 Opening ceremony
- 17 Controversies
- 18 References
- 19 External links
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. 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. 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. Morocco was the next country to be inspected. South Africa was inspected last.[original research?]
|23x15px South Africa||1996|
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. 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. Casablanca would serve as an alternative venue.
In October 2014, the government of Morocco requested a postponement of the tournament due to the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. 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. On 8 November, Morocco failed to meet this deadline to confirm it would host the tournament. 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. CAF confirmed legal action against Morocco due to a contract signed in April 2014. 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. 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. However, the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning Morocco may enter the tournaments.
Egypt, Ghana, South Africa and Sudan all declined to take over as hosts. 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.
On 14 November 2014, CAF announced that Equatorial Guinea would host the tournament.
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.
Morocco would have automatically qualified as hosts; however, after their refusal to host, they were expelled from the tournament by the CAF. 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.
The following sixteen teams qualified for the tournament.
|Country||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearance in tournament1–2|
|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.
Malabo and Bata were also host venues for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.
Screening for Ebola was given to all spectators attending matches.
|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|
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.
The 16 teams were divided into four pots based on the CAF Ranking, with the hosts Equatorial Guinea placed in Pot 1 automatically. 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.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
The following referees were chosen for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
- Assistant referees
Each team could register a squad of 23 players.
The group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals.
- Number of points obtained in games between the teams concerned;
- Goal difference in games between the teams concerned;
- Goals scored in games between the teams concerned;
- 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;
- Goal difference in all games;
- Goals scored in all games;
- Drawing of lots.
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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|
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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|
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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|
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. 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|
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.
On 27 January 2015, the CAF announced that they had relocated the venues of two of the quarter-finals:
- The venue of quarter-final 2 is relocated from Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín to Estadio de Bata, Bata.
- The venue of quarter-final 3 is relocated from Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo to Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo.
The kick-off time of quarter-finals 2 and 4 are also changed from 20:00 to 20:30 local time. Script error: No such module "RoundN".
31 January 2015
|Congo 23x15px||2–4||23x15px DR Congo|
| Doré Goal 55'
Bifouma Goal 62'
|Report|| Mbokani Goal 65', 90+1' |
Bokila Goal 75'
Kimwaki Goal 81'
31 January 2015
|Tunisia 23x15px||1–2 (a.e.t.)||23x15px Equatorial Guinea|
|Akaïchi Goal 70'||Report||Balboa Goal 90+3' (pen.), 102'|
1 February 2015
|Ghana 23x15px||3–0||23x15px Guinea|
| Atsu Goal 4', 61'
Appiah Goal 44'
1 February 2015
|Ivory Coast 23x15px||3–1||23x15px Algeria|
| Bony Goal 26', 68'
Gervinho Goal 90+4'
|Report||Soudani Goal 51'|
4 February 2015
|DR Congo 23x15px||1–3||23x15px Ivory Coast|
|Mbokani Goal 24' (pen.)||Report|| Y. Touré Goal 20'|
Gervinho Goal 41'
Kanon Goal 68'
5 February 2015
|Ghana 23x15px||3–0||23x15px Equatorial Guinea|
| J. Ayew Goal 42' (pen.)
Mubarak Goal 45+1'
A. Ayew Goal 75'
Third place play-off
7 February 2015
|DR Congo 23x15px||0–0||23x15px Equatorial Guinea|
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This page is a soft redirect. 4–2
Note: no extra-time was played
8 February 2015
|2015 Africa Cup of Nations Champions|
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- 23x15px Nabil Bentaleb
- 23x15px Faouzi Ghoulam
- 23x15px Riyad Mahrez
- 23x15px Islam Slimani
- 23x15px El Arbi Hillel Soudani
- 23x15px Aristide Bancé
- 23x15px Benjamin Moukandjo
- 23x15px Ambroise Oyongo
- 23x15px Héldon
- 23x15px Férébory Doré
- 23x15px Fabrice Ondama
- 23x15px Prince Oniangue
- 23x15px Yannick Bolasie
- 23x15px Joël Kimwaki
- 23x15px Emilio Nsue
- 23x15px Ibán Edú
- 23x15px Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
- 23x15px Malick Evouna
- 23x15px Kwesi Appiah
- 23x15px Jordan Ayew
- 23x15px John Boye
- 23x15px Asamoah Gyan
- 23x15px Wakaso Mubarak
- 23x15px Kévin Constant
- 23x15px Ibrahima Traoré
- 23x15px Mohamed Yattara
- 23x15px Seydou Doumbia
- 23x15px Wilfried Kanon
- 23x15px Yaya Touré
- 23x15px Bakary Sako
- 23x15px Modibo Maïga
- 23x15px Sambou Yatabaré
- 23x15px Mame Biram Diouf
- 23x15px Kara Mbodj
- 23x15px Moussa Sow
- 23x15px Oupa Manyisa
- 23x15px Mandla Masango
- 23x15px Thuso Phala
- 23x15px Yassine Chikhaoui
- 23x15px Mohamed Ali Moncer
- 23x15px Emmanuel Mayuka
- 23x15px Given Singuluma
- 1 own goal
- Pepsi Highest Scorer
|Player name||Games played||Goals scored||Assists||Minutes played||Source|
|23x15px André Ayew||6||3||2|||
|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
- CAF Team of the Tournament
| 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 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. 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:
|23x15px Florent Rouamba||Carried over from qualification||Group A vs Gabon|
|23x15px Donashano Malama||Group B vs DR Congo|
|23x15px Eric Mathoho||Group C vs Algeria|
|23x15px Reneilwe Letsholonyane|
|23x15px Seydouba Soumah||Group D vs Ivory Coast|
|23x15px Gervinho||Sent off vs Guinea|| Group D vs Mali|
Group D vs Cameroon
|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
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. Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Sports table/WDL' not found.
The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations has one title sponsor and seven official sponsors as shown below.
|Title sponsor||Official sponsors|
|23x15px Arab world||beIN Sports Arabia|
|Asia||Fox International Channels|
|23x15px Australia||beIN Sports|
|23x15px Cape Verde||RTC|
|23x15px Colombia||Senal Colombia, Win Sports|
|23x15px France||Canal+ Group|
|Template:Country data India||Sony SIX|
|23x15px Ivory Coast||RTI|
|Template:Country data Japan||NHK|
|23x15px New Zealand||SKY Sports|
|23x15px South Africa||SABC|
|23x15px United Kingdom||British Eurosport|
|23x15px United States||beIN Sports|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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".
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.
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