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2015 Africa Cup of Nations
Copa Africana de Naciones 2015
AFCON 2015
CAN 2015
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2015 Africa Cup
Tournament details
Host countryFlag of Equatorial Guinea.png Equatorial Guinea
Dates17 January - 8 February
Teams16 (from CAF confederations)
Venue(s)(in 4 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Ivory Coast
Runner-upFlag of Ghana.png Ghana
Third placeFlag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.png DR Congo
Fourth placeFlag of Equatorial Guinea.png Equatorial Guinea
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored68 (2.13 per match)
Attendance617,374 (19,293 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Tunisia Ahmed Akaïchi
Flag of Ghana André Ayew
Flag of Equatorial Guinea Javier Balboa
Flag of the Republic of the Congo Thievy Bifouma
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Dieumerci Mbokani
(3 goals each)
Best playerFlag of Ghana Christian Atsu
2013
2017

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.

Qualification

Main article: 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

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. 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 defending champions Nigeria failed to qualify for the tournament.

Qualified teams

The following sixteen teams qualified for the tournament.

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

Venues

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

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

Screening for Ebola was given to all spectators attending matches.

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
Estadio de Bata (15896737884) Estadio de Malabo Equatorial Guinea Stade-Mongomo

Draw

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

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 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.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

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

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

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

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

Squads

Main article: 2015 Africa Cup of Nations squads

Each team could register a squad of 23 players.

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:

  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

Main article: 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group A

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17 January 2015
Equatorial Guinea Flag of Equatorial Guinea.png1–1Flag of the Republic of the Congo.png CongoEstadio de Bata, Bata
Burkina Faso Flag of Burkina Faso.png0–2Flag of Gabon.png GabonEstadio de Bata, Bata
21 January 2015
Equatorial Guinea Flag of Equatorial Guinea.png0–0Flag of Burkina Faso.png Burkina FasoEstadio de Bata, Bata
Gabon Flag of Gabon.png0–1Flag of the Republic of the Congo.png CongoEstadio de Bata, Bata
25 January 2015
Gabon Flag of Gabon.png0–2Flag of Equatorial Guinea.png Equatorial GuineaEstadio de Bata, Bata
Congo Flag of the Republic of the Congo.png2–1Flag of Burkina Faso.png Burkina FasoNuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín

Group B

Main article: 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group B

Template:2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group B table

18 January 2015
Zambia Flag of Zambia.png1–1Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.png DR CongoNuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
Tunisia Flag of Tunisia.png1–1Cape Verde.png Cape VerdeNuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
22 January 2015
Zambia Flag of Zambia.png1–2Flag of Tunisia.png TunisiaNuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
Cape Verde Cape Verde.png0–0Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.png DR CongoNuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
26 January 2015
Cape Verde Cape Verde.png0–0Flag of Zambia.png ZambiaNuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín
DR Congo Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.png1–1Flag of Tunisia.png TunisiaEstadio de Bata, Bata

Group C

Main article: 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group C

Template:2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group C table

19 January 2015
Ghana Flag of Ghana.png1–2Flag of Senegal.svg.png SenegalEstadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
Algeria Flag of Algeria.png3–1Flag of South Africa.png South AfricaEstadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
23 January 2015
Ghana Flag of Ghana.png1–0Flag of Algeria.png AlgeriaEstadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
South Africa Flag of South Africa.png1–1Flag of Senegal.svg.png SenegalEstadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
27 January 2015
South Africa Flag of South Africa.png1–2Flag of Ghana.png GhanaEstadio de Mongomo, Mongomo
Senegal Flag of Senegal.svg.png0–2Flag of Algeria.png AlgeriaNuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo

Group D

Main article: 2015 Africa Cup of Nations 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.

Template:2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group D table

20 January 2015
Ivory Coast Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png1–1Flag of Guinea.png GuineaNuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Mali Flag of Mali.png1–1Flag of Cameroon.png CameroonNuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
24 January 2015
Ivory Coast Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png1–1Flag of Mali.png MaliNuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Cameroon Flag of Cameroon.png1–1Flag of Guinea.png GuineaNuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
28 January 2015
Cameroon Flag of Cameroon.png0–1Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Ivory CoastNuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Guinea Flag of Guinea.png1–1Flag of Mali.png MaliEstadio de Mongomo, Mongomo

Knockout stage

Main article: 2015 Africa Cup of Nations 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.

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

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

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
  Flag of the Republic of the Congo.png Congo 2  
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.png DR Congo 4  
  Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.png DR Congo 1  
  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Ivory Coast 3  
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Ivory Coast 3
  Flag of Algeria.png Algeria 1  
    Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Ivory Coast (pen.) 0 (9)
  Flag of Ghana.png Ghana 0 (8)
  Flag of Ghana.png Ghana 3  
Flag of Guinea.png Guinea 0  
  Flag of Ghana.png Ghana 3 Third place
  Flag of Equatorial Guinea.png Equatorial Guinea 0  
Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia 1 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.png DR Congo (pen.) 0 (4)
  Flag of Equatorial Guinea.png Equatorial Guinea (a.e.t.) 2   Flag of Equatorial Guinea.png 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

31 January 2015
17:00
Congo Flag of the Republic of the Congo.png 2–4 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.png DR Congo Estadio de Bata, Bata
Attendance: 31,670
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)
Doré Soccerball 55'
Bifouma Soccerball 62'
Report Mbokani Soccerball 65'90+1'
Bokila Soccerball 75'
Kimwaki Soccerball 81'

31 January 2015
20:30
Tunisia Flag of Tunisia.png 1–2
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.png Equatorial Guinea Estadio de Bata, Bata
Attendance: 41,000
Referee: Rajindraparsad Seechurn (Mauritius)
Akaïchi Soccerball 70' Report Balboa Soccerball 90+3' (pen.)102'

1 February 2015
17:00
Ghana Flag of Ghana.png 3–0 Flag of Guinea.png Guinea Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Attendance: 14,500
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Atsu Soccerball 4'61'
Appiah Soccerball 44'
Report

1 February 2015
20:30
Ivory Coast Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png 3–1 Flag of Algeria.png Algeria Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
Bony Soccerball 26'68'
Gervinho Soccerball 90+4'
Report Soudani Soccerball 51'

Semi-finals

4 February 2015
20:00
DR Congo Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.png 1–3 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Ivory Coast Estadio de Bata, Bata
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Néant Alioum (Cameroon)
Mbokani Soccerball 24' (pen.) Report Y. Touré Soccerball 20'
Gervinho Soccerball 41'
Kanon Soccerball 68'

5 February 2015
20:00
Ghana Flag of Ghana.png 3–0 Flag of Equatorial Guinea.png Equatorial Guinea Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Attendance: 15,520
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
J. Ayew Soccerball 42' (pen.)
Mubarak Soccerball 45+1'
A. Ayew Soccerball 75'
Report

Third place play-off

7 February 2015
17:00
DR Congo Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.png 0–0 Flag of Equatorial Guinea.png Equatorial Guinea Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo
Attendance: 15,520
Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
Report
  Penalties  
Mabwati Soccerball shad check
Mabidi Soccerball shad check
Mbemba Soccerball shad check
Mongongu Soccerball shad check
4–2 -Soccerball shade cross Balboa
-Soccerball shade cross Fabiani
Soccerball shad check Juvenal
Soccerball shad check Ellong

Note: no extra-time was played

Final

Main article: 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Final
8 February 2015
20:00
Ivory Coast Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png 0–0
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Ghana.png Ghana Estadio de Bata, Bata
Attendance: 32,857
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
Report
  Penalties  
Bony -Soccerball shade cross
Tallo -Soccerball shade cross
Aurier Soccerball shad check
Doumbia Soccerball shad check
Y. Touré Soccerball shad check
Kalou Soccerball shad check
K. Touré Soccerball shad check
Kanon Soccerball shad check
Bailly Soccerball shad check
Die Soccerball shad check
Barry Soccerball shad check
9–8 Soccerball shad check Wakaso
Soccerball shad check J. Ayew
-Soccerball shade cross Acquah
-Soccerball shade cross Acheampong
Soccerball shad check A. Ayew
Soccerball shad check Mensah
Soccerball shad check Badu
Soccerball shad check Afful
Soccerball shad check Baba
Soccerball shad check Boye
-Soccerball shade cross Razak

Statistics

Goalscorers

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Awards

Pepsi Highest Scorer
Player name Games played Goals scored Assists Minutes played Source
Flag of Ghana André Ayew 632
Flag of the Republic of the Congo Thievy Bifouma 43
Flag of Tunisia Ahmed Akaïchi 43
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Dieumerci Mbokani 631
Flag of Equatorial Guinea 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.png DR Congo
CAF Team of the Tournament
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Sylvain Gbohouo
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Robert Kidiaba (tie)
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Serge Aurier
Flag of Ghana Harrison Afful
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Kolo Touré
Flag of Ghana André Ayew
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Yaya Touré
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Max Gradel
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Yannick Bolasie
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Gervinho
Flag of Ghana Christian Atsu
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire 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. 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
Flag of Burkina Faso Florent Rouamba Carried over from qualification Group A vs Gabon
Flag of Zambia Donashano Malama Group B vs DR Congo
Flag of South Africa Eric Mathoho Group C vs Algeria
Flag of South Africa Reneilwe Letsholonyane
Flag of Guinea Seydouba Soumah Group D vs Ivory Coast
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Gervinho Red card vs Guinea Group D vs Mali
Group D vs Cameroon
Flag of Equatorial Guinea Diosdado Mbele Yellow card vs Congo
Yellow card vs Burkina Faso
Group A vs Gabon
Flag of the Republic of the Congo Boris Moubhibo Yellow card vs Equatorial Guinea
Yellow card vs Gabon
Group A vs Burkina Faso
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Cheick Tioté Yellow card vs Guinea
Yellow card vs Mali
Group D vs Cameroon
Flag of Guinea Naby Yattara Red card vs Ghana Africa Cup of Nations qualifying
Flag of Equatorial Guinea Ibán Yellow card vs Tunisia
Yellow card vs Ghana
Third place play-off vs DR Congo

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