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2012 Africa Cup of Nations Begins January 21 - February 12 Tags: African Sport 2012 African Cup Of Nations football
The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations will be the 28th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). It will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

The two countries won the right to host the tournament after defeating a Nigerian bid along with two other bid winning nations, Angola and Libya. Bids from Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Senegal were rejected.

For the first time in CAF history, the hosts of three successive tournaments were chosen at the same time; Angola was chosen to host in 2010, Gabon/Equatorial Guinea were chosen as hosts for the 2012 cup and Libya for the 2013 edition. Nigeria was chosen as a stand-by host in the event that one of the chosen nations were to become unsuitable.
 
The first match will see Henri Michel's Equatorial Guinea host Libya in Bata on January 21, with the final set to take place at the Stade d'Angonde in Libreville on February 12.

HOST COUNTRIES:
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea & Gabon

Ghana stations seek CAN deal
Ghanaian television broadcasters are sweating over the rights for the 2012 Nations Cup with no deal in place a month away from the start of the big event.  
 
Right holders SportFive are demanding about €1.4-million for the competition, an amount no single broadcaster in Ghana is willing to pay.
 
KickOffGhana.com understands the country's major broadcasters with the state owned Ghana television at the fore front are negotiating for a reasonable fee before they figure out a way football fans here can follow the event.
 
The country's government came to the broadcaster’s aid two years ago and it might take a similar deal to ensure the event is available on free to air television.
 
The Nations Cup has been a regular fixture on free to air television since 1990 and with the Black Stars one of the biggest brands in Ghana; it will be something of a disaster if it is not available to the wider population.
 
Stations To show CAN 2012
Pay television network SuperSport which operates in Ghana and other African countries will broadcast the games.
 
Sweet Sixteen
 
The 16 teams have been grouped into four groups; two in the Gabonese cites of Libreville and France Ville and two in the Equatorial Guinea cities of Malabo and Bata.
 
Group A: Malabo - Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Senegal, Zambia
 
Group B: Bata - Cote d’Ivoire, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Angola
 
Group C: Libreville- Gabon, Niger, Morocco, Tunisia
 
Group D: France Ville - Ghana, Botswana, Mali, Guinea
 
Format and Regulations
 
The 16 teams have been drawn into four groups of four each and will play a round-robin with mini-league groups. The top two teams from each group will progress to the quarterfinals. There will be six matches in each group and 24 in total during the group stage.
 
Article 72 of the Caf nations cup regulations clarify the parameters that will determine who progresses from the group in event of a tie .This will ease the pains of the qualifying rounds when there was a lot of misinterpretation.
 
In case of equality of points between two or more teams, at the conclusion of the group matches, the ranking of the teams shall be established according to the following criteria:
 
72.1. Greater number of points obtained in the matches between the teams in question; 
72.2. The best goal difference in the matches between the teams in question; 
72.3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned; 
72.4. Goal difference in all group matches; 
72.5. Greatest number of goals scored in all the group matches; 
72.6. Fair Play points system taking into account the number of yellow and red cards; 
72.7. Drawing of lots by CAF Organising Committee.
 
Knockout stage
 
This will be a straight elimination series with games played out for 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of extra-time and, ultimately, if no winner emerges after full-time and extra-time, they will go straight to penalty shootouts (five kicks each) and thereafter, sudden death penalty kicks until a winner emerges.
 
Article 73
 
73.1. At the conclusion of the four group matches, the first and the second of each group shall be qualified for the quarter finals.
 
The quarterfinal matches shall be played in the following order:
 
i. Winner Group A/Second Group B
 
ii. Winner Group B/Second Group A
 
iii. Winner Group C/Second Group D
 
iv. Winner Group D/Second Group C
 
73.2. The quarterfinal matches shall be played in accordance with the direct elimination system of the loser. An extra time of 2 x 15 minutes shall be eventually played in case of a draw after the regular time. If, after extra time, the result is still not decisive, the winner shall be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark.
 
73.3. The winners of the quarterfinals shall qualify for the semifinals. They shall be played in the following order:
 
- Winner of match (i) Winner of match (iii) or (iv)
 
- Winner of match (ii) Winner of match (iii) or (iv)
 
73.4. The semifinals shall be played in accordance with the same direct elimination system as applied in the quarter finals.
 
73.5. The losers of the semifinals shall play a match for the third place. In case of a draw after the end of the regular time, the winner shall be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark.
 
73.6. The final shall be played between the winners of the semifinals. In case of a draw after the end of the regular time, an extra time of 2 x 15 minutes shall be played. If, after the extra time, the result is still not decisive, the winner shall be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark.
 
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea 
• Full name: The Republic of Equatorial Guinea 
• Population: 507 000 (UN, 2007) 
• Capital: Malabo 
• Area: 28 051 sq km (10 830 sq miles) 
• Major languages: Spanish, French 
• Major religion: Christianity 
• Life expectancy: 50 years (men), 53 years (women) (UN) 
• Monetary unit: 1 CFA (Communaute Financiere Africaine) franc = 100 centimes 
• Main exports: Petroleum, timber, cocoa 
• GNI per capita: US $930 (World Bank, 2001) 
• Internet domain: .gq 
• International dialling code: +240
 
Gabon 
• Full name: The Gabonese Republic 
• Population: 1.5 million (UN, 2009) 
• Capital: Libreville 
• Area: 267 667 sq km (103 347 sq miles) 
• Major languages: French, Bantu-group languages 
• Major religion: Christianity 
• Life expectancy: 59 years (men), 62 years (women) (UN) 
• Monetary unit: 1 CFA (Communaute Financiere Africaine) franc = 100 centimes 
• Main exports: Crude oil, timber, manganese, uranium 
• GNI per capita: US $7 240 (World Bank, 2008) 
• Internet domain: .ga 
• International dialling code: +241
 
Source: supersport | Kick Off Ghana

 

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