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Luke Reddy and Andy Cryer

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    Richard Chalera: My best player is Jay Jay Okocha he was a Magician but the worst player is El Hadji Diouf.

    Moooooon: Best player: Jay-Jay Okocha. Worst player (most over-rated): Emmanuel Adebayor.


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    So for now, thank you for your company on a day of 1-1 draws.

    You can read the match report from Zambia v DR Congo here or the late draw between Tunisia and Cape Verde here.

    And keep checking our African football index for all the latest from the tournament.

    Today you were blinding with your interaction on the best and worst African players you have seen, so the last word goes to some of you...

  3. Stars so far

    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde

    The stand-out performers for myself and colleague Andy Cryer so far:

    Bertrand Traore (Chelsea and Burkina Faso)

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund and Gabon)

    Ali Maaloul (Sfaxien and Tunisia)

    Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace and DR Congo)

    Feel free to send yours to #bbcafcon2015 when we start our live text again tomorrow at 15:30 GMT.

  4. A bit naughty

    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde

    The 48 fouls in this one makes this the naughtiest game we have seen so far. It trumps the 40 we saw when Equatorial Guinea and Congo drew yesterday.

  5. Match stats

    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde

    Shooting accuracy has not been a strength of teams in this tournament so far...

    Match stats

    Statistically, this one was pretty even, just how it seemed during the 90 minutes.

  6. Out in the cold

    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde

    This man was impressive tonight, but why is he not getting club action?

  7. No one in trouble yet

    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde

    As you were in Group B...

    Group B

    Zambia take on Tunisia next Thursday, when Congo DR will also play Cape Verde.


    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde

    A fair result? What do you think? Tweet us on #bbcafcon2015.

    Cape Verde made the better chances early on but Tunisia grew into this one and suddenly built pressure on the hour to eventually force the lead with a beautifully taken goal. The advantage was however short lived and we have a tight Group on our hands.

  9. Post update

    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde

    It's a good position but a long way comes the kick...Edem Rjaïbi runs over the ball as a dummy and then he is the area...fluffs it. He didn't take a touch and gets his cross-shot horribly wrong. Goal kick.

  10. Post update

    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde

    This game is ending with long balls from end to end. Minimal risk from both sides as they commit little but nervy for defenders.

    Free-kick awarded to Tunisia 30 yards out and central. This will be the last act...

  11. Post update

    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde

    Stephane Nater skips a challenge or two and cuts in from left to right, he lets fly from 30 yards plus and that my son is far from text book. High and wide, it probably threatens a neighbouring country.

    In fairness, it maybe took a bobble as this pitch is nota billiard table. Three minutes added.

  12. Post update

    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde

    This result would leave Group B completely level. All four teams will have a point and a goal difference of zero.

    It's worth pointing out that if teams are level on points at the end of the group, they are split by their head-to-head record.

  13. Cape Verde

    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde


    Fifa World Ranking: 40

    Population: 500,000

    National dish: Cachupa - A slow cooked stew of corn (hominy), beans, and fish or meat.

    Main export: Fish

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    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde

    A quick shout out to my colleague Andy Cryer who earlier told us there was no goal coming in this game. I'll join his brave stance of putting it on the line and say I don't think we will get a winner.

    Both these sides look content and the substitutions are now frequent so the game has no flow.


    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde

    Will these sides now settle and play out the second 1-1 draw of the day?

    A draw would probably be a fair result. Off comes Kuca for Cape Verde - he missed one or two good chances, on comes Odair Fortes. Go on son, grab the headlines.

  16. Tunisia

    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde

    Cous Cous

    Fifa World Ranking: 22

    Population: 11m

    National dish: Couscous - This is Tunisia's most famous dish. Individual steamed grains of semolina, served with meat or fish and vegetables in a tomato sauce.

    Main export: Crude petroleum.

  17. Post update

    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde

    This is on a knife-edge now as we enter the final 10 minutes. What a blow for Tunisia. They were second best, then found their groove and pressured before taking the lead, only for it to be swiped away from them.

  18. GOAL

    Tunisia 1-1 Cape Verde

    Heldon sweeps a super penalty high into the top corner, across his body it nestles in the top-left hand corner.

    The Sporting Lisbon striker wins the kick himself with a rapid burst down the left and he went down under a poorly timed challenge.

    No doubts it's a clinical foul by Syam Ben Youssef but it was right on the edge of the box and even replays don't clear up if it should be a penalty.

  19. Post update

    Tunisia 1-0 Cape Verde

    The man who delivered the pass for the goal - Ali Maaloul - has impressed me. A small but nimble left-back, who looks good going forward. Defensively he, like his team-mates was a bit ropey in the first half but his contribution has been very good.

    The 25-year-old plays for Club Sportif Sfaxien in Tunisia.

  20. Post update

    Tunisia 1-0 Cape Verde

    So what have you got Cape Verde? A set-piece delivery call on some robust goalkeeping and defending at the back for Tunisia. Will we see more direct play as the equaliser is sought? They will really regret those missed first-half chances.

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    Tunisia 1-0 Cape Verde

  22. GOAL

    Tunisia 1-0 Cape Verde - Mohamed Ali Moncer


    This is well worked and very much with the run of play in the last 10 minutes.

    A beautifully weighted pass by Jamel Saihi gets over-lapping full-back Ali Maaloul in behind the Cape Verde defensive line and his ball across the area is begging to be comes Mohamed Ali Moncer at the back post to do just that. He side foots it high into the roof of the net.

  23. CLOSE!

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    The last few minutes have seen a change in momentum and suddenly Tunisia look to have some confidence and poise. They force another corner and now a free-kick is swung in by Wahbi Khazri...chance...wasted.

    Aymen Abdennour was on the end of it unmarked but he could not quite stretch enough to get a clean connection.

    We may yet get a goal.


    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    A let off for Cape Verde as goalkeeper Vozinha is bundled into his goal by Syam Ben Youssef as the ball rolls over the line. Lucky. It looked harsh to say the least.

    In the build-up, Tunisia saw a header from Yassine Chikhaoui thump the cross bar. He out jumped Vozinha who was in no-man's land.

  25. Post update

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Penny for your thoughts Georges Leekens.

    Georges Leekens

    Your Tunisia team are leading a charmed life here. Had Cape Verde brought their shooting boots this would look a lot different.

  26. Post update

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Cape Verde

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Tunisia defender Syam Ben Youssef is the reason the scores are still level. Kuca is on the end of a slick Cape Verde attack and he checks back onto his right foot and slides the ball under the goalkeeper into the centre of the net but there is the man on the line. Great instincts to sense danger and get back there quickly.

  28. CLOSE!

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Wahbi Khazri - Tunisia's man to watch for us before kick-off - whips a ball across the box and Mohamed Ali Moncer is a foot away from connecting. His slide takes the mother of all divots out of the penalty area.

    This pitch was laid around a month ago and is imported from Spain. Turf normally has far more time to settle.

  29. CLOSE!

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde


    As my colleague Andy Cryer turns to me and says "there's no goal in this Luke", Mohamed Ali Moncer tries to defy him with a long-range shot. Easily held and Andy sits motionless.

  30. Post update

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    A better spell from Tunisia as they construct passes and though Hamza Mathlouthi cannot get a delivery in as challenges fly into the right-back, they at least looked shapely and settled.

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    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Here we go again then and Cape Verde are right at it. Left-back Stopira gets down the flank and forces a corner, which leads to another. Babanco swings it...well headed away.

    Tunisia v Cape Verde Islands
  32. A ground worth visiting?

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Ebebeyin Stadium

    This is only the second Africa Cup of Nations match to be played at the Ebebeyin Stadium, a remote town near the borders with Cameroon and Gabon.

    It is one of the unlikeliest venues to host two former African champions, being a tiny new stadium carved out of the dense jungle in the far north-eastern corner of Equatorial Guinea.

    The 1-1 draw between DR Congo and Zambia earlier today is the only other match to be played at this 5,000-seat ground hastily put together for the tournament and with no stands behind the goals.

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    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    A fairly tight first half but no doubt which side bettered it in terms of the quality of chances created.

    BBC Stats

    Cape Verde looked more creative, if a little poor finishing, but man of the half for me was referee Eric Arnaud Otogo-Castane. His call to award a free-kick on the edge of the box when Heldon was felled was spot on.

  34. Trimmed clarity

    Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou is getting a bit heavy on Instagram after a hair cut.

    Salomon Kalou

    He posts: "Cleanse your mind of all bad vibes and let the good vibes flow in."

    Steady on Salomon.

    Ivory Coast play Guinea on Tuesday.

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    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Tunisia have been second best throughout that half. It would be wrong to say they looked lacklustre, the effort was there, but creativity wise they have lacked the fluidity of their opponents.


    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Cape Verde deserve more than stalemate at half time after a first half in which they looked more vibrant than a side ranked 18 places above them by Fifa. Fernando Varela missed a glorious headed chance - finding the post - and that could prove costly yet.

    Georges Leekens will be pleased to get his Tunisia side in on level terms.

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    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    BBC Sport's Alex South at Ebebeyin: Crowd much more quiet for the second round. Even the man with the horn has stopped.

    Get in!!

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    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    As this half draws to a close, Cape Verde look tricky going forward with the threesome of Kuca, Heldon and Djaniny. They force another free-kick in a great position. What's that saying? Score when you're on top?

    Heldon can't do so...he finds the wall.

  39. Post update

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Cape Verde
  40. CLOSE!

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Babanco - impressive throughout - smashes the free-kick into the wall but the loose ball falls to Kuca six yards out. He is crowded by what seem like a thousand white shirts but stabs at it with the wrong foot and it trickles wide. What a chance.

  41. Post update

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Rui Aguas - the Cape Verde manager - is protesting with officials...he thinks his side should have a penalty.

    Heldon collects a beautiful ball from Nuno Rocha and he turns into the box but is felled. Is it inside the area though? No. A free-kick only and replays show that it is a fantastic decision.

  42. Post update

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Nice to see a goalkeeper pluck a cross out of the air confidently as Vozinha does for Cape Verde. He then launches the Blue Sharks on a counter attack and Babanco feeds Djaniny who is well placed to shoot or cross...he does a bit of both and it drifts wide.


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    Taleb Rabah: Best African player of all time has to be George Weah...the guy won the Ballon d'Or.

    Adam Best: Best African player Samuel Eto'o worst player Emmanuel Adebayor.

    Who is the best or worst African player you have seen? Tweet #bbcafcon2015.

  44. CLOSE!

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Cape Verde striker Heldon bravely heads past a defender and is away in the inside-right channel. He slides the ball through the legs of Syam Ben Youssef and there is Djaniny to apply the his shot is tame and saved at the second attempt. Another good opening.

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    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Tunisia spent the first night of their stay in Ebebeyin without electricity and they haven't found a major spark here yet (sorry).

    For those of you awaiting the answer - Cape Verde sit 40th in Fifa's world rankings. That is higher than Poland, Norway and Sweden.

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    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    This has the feel of classic tournament football opener for both teams. Quite cautious with the odd flurry of activity. Well poised though and tough to pick which side are better drilled early on. The tight nature makes that missed free header by Cape Verde's Fernando Varela all the more costly.

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    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Tunisia are ranked 22nd in Fifa's world rankings. I'll be surprised if you can guess Cape Verde's position to within five places. That comes surprised me.

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    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

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    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Kuca likes that left channel and runs onto a pass...checks in the area and curls a cross towards Heldon in the six yard box but full-back Ali Maaloul is well positioned for Tunisia and hooks clear.

  50. CLOSE!

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Lovely strike by Cape Verde number nine Kuca. The tricky looking front man - who plays for Portugal's Estoril - cuts in from the left flank and wants to shoot right footed. He drives an effort through bodies and it almost sneaks in the near post but for a tip by the goalkeeper.

  51. CLOSE!

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Ahmed Akaïchi will not let us rest for a second. A chipped cross from deep sees him a mile offside - not given - and his header is low and prompts a diving save by Vozinha - the 28-year-old Cape Verde keeper.

  52. Post update

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Emile Heskey and Ahmed Akaichi

    Right on cue my man...right on cue. No sooner have I compared Ahmed Akaïchi's willingness to run to Emile Heskey, does he smash a right-wing cross high, wide and deep into the stands. That was clinically bad.

  53. Ouch

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    This Ebebeyin pitch was like a battlefield late in our last match and it starts the same way. The brilliantly named Babanco is decked for Cape Verde. Someone has 'gone through the back of him' as you'd say in Sunday league and he is holding his calf.


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    Yaya Toure

    Josh Brannan: Best African player for me is Yaya Toure and the worst is Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

    Jonny Jennings: Why the hate on Benjani?! His goal for Man City v United in 2008 is legendary!!!

    Your best and worst African players of all time are? Let us know on #bbcafcon2015.

  55. Post update

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Well we can see the willing runner in this Tunisia team - Ahmed Akaichi. The number 19 again causes problems down the left by chasing a lost cause to win a corner. I wonder if he is the Tunisian version of Emile Heskey?

    Countless players seemed to love playing with big Emile for his willingness to graft.

  56. Post update

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Tunisia have a somewhat deep and meaningful nickname: 'Les Aigles de Carthage' which translates to the Eagles of Carthage.

    A bit heavy for me.

  57. CLOSE!

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Tunisia were undone there with a straight set-piece delivery but a ball over the top almost gets them in. It's Ahmed Akaichi in the left-hand channel and he volleys across goal but no one can apply a finish. It was a good ball across the six-yard box.


    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    What a chance. Eight yards..unmarked...centre of the goal..glancing header...Fernando Varela...hits the foot of the post.

    Cape Verde's Steaua Bucharest defender should have punished Tunisia.

  59. KICK-OFF

    Tunisia 0-0 Cape Verde

    Tunisia boss Georges Leekens stands with one hand on his chin, glasses on, he looks pensive...we're off.

    Tracksuit and polo shirt mix never does it for me though. It's too Tony Pulis and he doesn't even wear a peak-cap to add a rugged edge.

  60. A blue shock?

    Tunisia v Cape Verde Islands (19:00 GMT)

    Officials check the goal nets..always a good idea. Tunisia, in all white, stand over the ball on the centre spot. Cape Verde, all in blue, shocked everyone in 2013 to reach the quarter-finals. Again?


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    Please keep sending us your views on the best and worst African footballers you have ever seen. So far we have had love for George Weah and not such nice words for former Portsmoith and Blackburn striker Benjani.

    Tweet #bbcafcon2015 and we will get your suggestions in here.

  62. National anthems

    Tunisia v Cape Verde Islands (19:00 GMT)

    National anthem time, Tunisia up first...solid effort..they all sang. Over to Cape Verde who in this X Factor moment, take the spoils. Lots of singing with eyes closed.

  63. Injuries heap pressure on Bordeaux man

    Tunisia v Cape Verde Islands (19:00 GMT)

    Tunisia, making their 12th consecutive appearance at the Cup of Nations, lost key forwards Saber Khalifa and Fakhreddine Ben Youssef through injuries picked up in last week's 1-1 friendly draw with Algeria.

    The withdrawals have contributed to a difficult week which has also seen Tunisia endure problems with their accommodation in Equatorial Guinea.

    But the 2004 champions do still have Bordeaux winger Wahbi Khazri, the man who starred in qualifying.

    Wahbi Khazri
  64. Team news

    Tunisia v Cape Verde Islands (19:00 GMT)

    Tunisia: Mathlouthi, Abdennour, Ben Youssef, Maaloul, Chikhaoui, Nater, Saihi, Khazri, Manser, Akaichi, Mathlouthi

    Cape Verde: Vozinha, Fernando Varela, Gege, Stopira, Carlitos, Babanco, Calu, Nuno Rocha, Heldon, Djaniny, Kuca.

  65. Are you ready for this?

    Tunisia v Cape Verde Islands (19:00 GMT)

    fFans outside the newly constructed Estadio de Ebebiyin

    BBC World's Alex South in Ebibeyin: "Plenty of fans outside the newly constructed Estadio de Ebebiyin enjoying a freestyle masterclass from an Equatorial Guinea fan. The 4,000 capacity stadium was constructed just before the Cup of Nations. Good timing considering the country only found out they'd be hosting the tournament 66 days ago."

    Equatorial Guinea became hosts late in 2014 when Morocco pulled out of staging the tournament as a result of the Ebola virus epidemic.

  66. Seen it all...

    Tunisia v Cape Verde Islands (19:00 GMT)

    George Leekens

    Leekens started his managerial career in 1984-85 with Cercle Brugge, a side he has been in charge of four times.

  67. Roll up...roll up

    Tunisia v Cape Verde Islands (19:00 GMT)

    Ebebiyin at AFCON 2015

    BBC world's Alex South in Ebebiyin: "Pre match meal of choice here is the pickled egg sandwich. Mmmmmmm."

    Not sure that one will catch on in England. Perhaps with the odd Premier League culture vulture, doubt you'll get that in the Conference.

  68. Flying under a winner

    Tunisia v Cape Verde Islands (19:00 GMT)

    Steve Crossman

    Rui Aguas played in two spells for Benfica and one for Porto, earning 31 caps for Portugal. He has served as assistant manager of Portugal and took charge of Cape Verde last year.

  69. Take no prisoners

    Tunisia v Cape Verde Islands (19:00 GMT)

    Now this Tunisia team sound like they have something about them. They were unbeaten in qualifying and eliminated Egypt - who have won this tournament a record seven times.

    The several descriptions I've received from our World Service team talk of a side who will suffer no nonsense and know how to mix it. Could we see our first sending off of the tournament?

  70. A quick turnaround

    Tunisia v Cape Verde Islands (19:00 GMT)

    So where exactly are we?

    Nuevo Estadio Ebebeyin looked like this around six weeks ago when we visited.

    Estadio Ebebiyin

    Not great. Yet today it looks neat and tidy and will now host a second match just 75 minutes after Zambia's draw with DR Congo.

  71. A solid start

    Tournament news

    "It's been exciting to see teams playing with flair. Often the teams start cautious. The goalkeepers have been doing well, particularly the Gabon goalkeeper against Burkina Faso.

    "That said, I can see this tournament maybe having more goals than we have ever had."

    You can listen to Phil Masinga - a winner of this tournament with South Africa in 1996 - on the BBC World Service's Sportsworld now.

  72. Gyan suffers illness

    Tournament news

    Asamoah Gyan

    Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is suffering from "a mild bout of malaria" and may not play against Senegal on Monday.

    The Ghana Football Association said the striker was admitted to a hospital in Mongomo on Saturday evening and released on Sunday morning. The disease was caught "at an early stage" and Gyan is said to be responding to treatment.

  73. Good news and tough living

    Tournament news

    Former Sunderland defender John Mensah has tweeted from the Ghana camp: "After our morning workout in the pool. So far so good in Equatorial Guinea."

    Ghana players

    And Ghana have had some good news, as defender John Boye has returned to camp from hospital in Mongomo after feeling weak. Doctors will monitor his progress.

    But it is not all good news for the Black Stars...

  74. As it stands

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    So the 2012 winners top Group B but now we turn our attention to Tunisia v Cape Verde Islands and some other tournament news.

    AFCON Group B
  75. Man of the Match

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    BBC Sport's Alex South in Ebebeyin: Easy to guess who the man of the match was but who is the guy with the painted on beard awarding it to Bolasie?

    Yannick Bolasie

    The five league outings Bolasie made for Hillingdon Borough in 2006-07 were always going to end this way.

  76. Post update

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    Our very own reporter John Bennett is not sitting on the fence...

    John Bennett

    And John was not the only one impressed by the 25-year-old's performance. More on that next...

  77. Match stats

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    A reminder we will bring you Tunisia v Cape Verde shortly with a tonne of build-up but for now, let's look at why DR Congo may rue their missed chances in Ebibiyin.

    Zambia v DR Congo
  78. Post update

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    BBC Sport's Ed Harry: Zambia have still never lost in Equatorial Guinea - but this draw was nothing like the battles they fought in Bata on the way to the title three years ago. DR Congo, and Bolasie in particular, outstanding and created just about everything in the second half.


    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    Go on fellas, use that line again: "you don't want to lose your first game."

    Zambia had a dream start to the tournament - shades of England at the 2010 World Cup as an early goal sparked hope - not to mention a dancing celebration. But DR Congo pushed the harder from there on in and got their point through a familiar name - Yannick Bolasie.

    Crystal Palace fans can be proud of his performance and his goal was classy. Perhaps his side deserved more.

  80. Post update

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    Evans Kangwa races forward and hurdles challenges to launch a late Zambia attack, he gets a cross in...handball? No, hits a face and wins a corner which is headed clear at the near post.

  81. Post update

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    That stoppage will take us beyond the three added minutes...


    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    Bolasie, right footed from the touchline, right in the mixer and boom...goalkeeper, several players and everything but the referee pile into a challenge. Needless to say the goalkeeper stays down and he gets the decision.

    Kennedy Mweene was brave to throw himself in there and in a muddied yellow jersey, is flat out on the six-yard box.

  83. Post update

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    There will be three minutes of added time. Come on, let's have a winner and some headlines.

    Set piece for DR Congo can be pumped in the box, Yannick Bolasie over it...

  84. Post update

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    Around 90 seconds remain. Credit to Zambia for sticking in there, they could have wilted when that leveller went in. Average without the ball all day, they have at least been resolute. Forward come DR Congo again...


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    Paul Dilley: Bolasie is brilliant but for palace could not hit a cows bum with a banjo. Let's hope he brings his shooting boots back!

    Liam Harris: Imagine how good Palace will be with Bolasie and Jedinak back, Europe anyone?

  86. Post update

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    Nathan Sinkala limps off for Zambia and they bring on fresh legs as they try to hang on for a draw here. Kondwani Mtonga is glued to the turf temporarily for Zambia - he went over the top of an opponent when contesting an aerial challenge.

    The seconds tick away...

  87. Not hanging on former glories

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    Rainford Kalaba

    Zambia's coach Honour Janza was appointed on an interim basis at the start of qualifying for the tournament but has held onto his job.

  88. Post update

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    Dieumerci Mbokani has been in the right place all day long for DR Congo to get on the end of deliveries and this time an overhead kick from an impossible angle draws a parry and panic.

    Another Zambia player is on the deck. This is a young side remember and they are seemingly worn out in these late stages.

  89. Post update

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    As another Zambia player hits the deck - Nathan Sinkala - and the clock ticks down, let me just tell you to keep an eye out for goal celebrations in this tournament. We saw some standard dancing yesterday but today, DR Congo's goalkeeper brought down the house when they levelled with his 'bum shuffle'.

    This, my inquisitive friends, sees him sit on the grass but sort of shuffle along while smiling.

  90. Post update

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    Yannick Bolasie
  91. Post update

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    Will these sides play out the token opening-game draw we so often see in tournament football. You just feel DR Congo have that little bit more in their locker, particularly a certain Crystal Palace winger who has just raced through midfield to start an attack which eventually fizzles out.

  92. Post update

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo


    BBC Sport's Ed Harry: Has been DR Congo's half, with more pressure since the goal. This DRC side won 4-3 away to Ivory Coast in qualifying - they can handle themselves. All square for now in a repeat of the 1974 final - but that day Zambia lost.

  93. Post update

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    Zambia at last put a spell of possession together and win a first corner of the second half. This would be robbery if they snatch three points but Rainford Kalaba's delivery is horribly sliced for another it comes...well dealt with. A break from chasing down opposition players if noting else for the side in green.


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    Mohammed: Best- Kalusha Bwalya. Lifted the whole nation right till the final merely a year after the entire team perished off Gabon coast.

    The 1993 Zambia national football team air disaster occurred on 27 April 1993. All 25 passengers and five crew members were killed.

    Andy: The worst is a certain lucky Benjani Mwaruwari and the best must be Kalusha Bwalya.


    Harry Redknapp would be having none of that shout Andy.

  95. Post update

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    We have a player down as DR Congo await taking a corner. Is this a tactical ploy as Ronald Kampamba is flat out on the ground? His side need a reprieve.

    DR Congo have had 14 shots to Zambia's six so far today.

  96. Zambia

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    Will this prove fuel enough for Zambia?


    Fifa World Ranking: 50

    Population: 14.5m

    National dish: Nshima - a dish made from maize flower which forms the staple of many meals in Zambia. Not sure what you think but it looks like mashed potato to me.

    Major exports: Refined and raw copper.

  97. Post update

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo

    Another sub Junior Kabananga has a dig from range but it's tame and gobble dup by the goalkeeper. Credit to DR Congo, they deserve to be level and I can't help but think Zambia would take a point with glee right now. Kabananga again...volleys wide.

  98. GOAL

    Zambia 1-1 DR Congo - Yannick Bolasie

    I was unfair on Cedrick Mabwati -writing him off when he came on a moment ago as he has just created a goal with his first touch and the scorer should be obvious.

    Yannick Bolasie has had several sighters already today and this one finds the top corner beautifully. Mabwati cuts the ball back, here comes Bolasie 18 yards out, a whipped right-foot finish gives the keeper no chance. Crystal Palace fans, let's hear you.


    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    Cedrick Mabwati has forged a career in Spain, most recently with Osasuna and he is on for DR Congo. A forward, he has just 17 league goals in seven years so perhaps not one to worry Zambia.

    Junior Kabananga of Cercle Brugge also enters the fray.

  100. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    Ordinarily I'd love to praise this gent for his striped face and Dame Edna glasses.

    But what is that I see in his hand?

    DR Congo fan

    Yes, it's a horn. Throw him out!!

  101. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    The light is slowly dimming in the stadium as day turns to night and so are DR Congo's hopes. There is still an energetic press about the Zambia midfield which you think may eventually fatigue.

    Firmin Ndombe Mubele rides a few challenges for DR Congo but his cross is given another boot up field by the Zambia back four.

  102. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    BBC Sport's Ed Harry: Dear people in the Conga line doing full lengths of the stand over on the far side, DRC have started this half with real intent. Bolasie is lurking, but I feel you are not giving the game your full attention.

  103. CLOSE!

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    Another free-kick, another Bolasie effort from range but this one has too much air time and when it reaches the goal it's an easy catch. I say "easy to catch", this Zambia goalkeeper has not inspired confidence in his handling ability throughout.

  104. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    While we're on food, the ball is like a hot potato for Zambia and has been throughout. Too many heavy touches and loose passes stop them from getting any momentum, not that the score line shows it.

    When a slick pass arrives, it finds Emmanuel Mayuka clean through on goal but he is wrongly given offside. That would have been interesting.

  105. Democratic Republic of Congo

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    Expand your mind with what looks like curry with a posh name.

    chicken with a Moambe sauce

    Fifa World Ranking: 57

    Population: 77m

    Main exports: Cobalt, Coffee, Copper, Diamonds.

    National dish: Poulet à la Moambé (chicken with a Moambe sauce)

  106. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    Is that a sign of things to come for Zambia? Have DR Congo had the half-time talking to from manager Florent Ibenge? Yesterday we saw Equatorial Guinea lead at the interval and tire late on to eventually draw. Plenty more questions to be asked of Zambia here.

  107. CLOSE!

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    Underway then, DR Congo into one or two strong early tackles and a great chance for Dieumerci Mbokani...not quite.

    The big number nine can only get a dangled foot on Firmin Ndombe Mubele's good right-wing cross and the ball loops wide. Mbokani had their best first-half chance and that was a good opportunity early on in the second.

  108. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    Here come the teams. Spinklers on the field in Ebibiyin which did you know, as a town only had one hotel in 1985. Blackpool was thriving then. I wonder if they have crazy golf in Ebibiyin?


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  110. Half-time stats

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    BBC Stats

    A reminder that this would be Zambia's 12th straight Afcon game without defeat. They won it in 2012 and went out without losing a game in 2013.

    Far from clear cut this one as the stats show but a few tactical fouls, time-wasting substitutions in the second period and Bob's your uncle. Egypt hold the record for most AFCON games undefeated - 19.

  111. DR Congo good news for Pards?

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    BBC twitter

    Yannick Bolasie has looked their brightest spark indeed. The Crystal Palace winger has popped up in areas across the pitch and a deflected free-kick of his was the closest DR Congo got. I wonder what Alan Pardew is thinking? An early exit for DR Congo would be decent news for the Palace boss surely.

  112. Post update

    Zambia v DR Congo (16:00 GMT)

    DR Congo
  113. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Ebebeyin: The empty seats in the press box are now filled with lots and lots of very well behaved fans. They've just arrived! Okay, now the ground is definitely full.

    Not a great piece of public relations - all the local fans they've just seated in the empty press seats have all been asked to leave and go who knows where. Hope their Cup of Nations lasts longer than that ten minutes.

  114. HALF-TIME

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    Crosses into the box from DR Congo, the odd flash of link-up play, but not enough really to threaten and Zambia can afford to be average going forward. They are organised at the back, hard working in midfield and one up at half time.

    Their manager Honour Janza (great name) will be rubbing his hands.

  115. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    Robert Kidiaba in the Congo goal is probably starting to feel the beads of sweat a little more as he ponders that error in the early throws of this one. It cost a goal which now looks quite important.

    Aside from that Zambia have looked disjointed going forward.

    One additional minute signalled.

  116. CLOSE!

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    The road runner is at it again, Yannick Bolasie felled 20 yards out but he's up and sprightly to take the free-kick.

    What have you got Yannick? Lots of heads with strange shapes shaved into them in the wall, it flicks off one of them and drops just wide.

    That was close. In fact, replays show it's inches and Bolasie puts his hands on his head.

  117. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    A thrilling start with the early goal but this is either expert game management by Zambia or just a DR Congo side not quite at full gusto.

    Rainford Kalaba receives some treatment for Zambia and in truth, he needs a good barber. He's one of these types with a strange shape shaved into his head.

  118. GREAT SAVE!

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    A golden moment - Kennedy Mweene in the Zambia goal has collected a ball without spilling it.

    Dieumerci Mbokani leaps to power a header, it looks like it's looping wide of the top corner but there is our man Kennedy to leap for the cameras and make the most of it. Good catch and nice acrobatics.

  119. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    BBC Sport's Alex South in Ebebeyin: Thanks to the early goal, international football arrived in Ebebeyin with a bang - but folded arms now and those with seats have sat down. This lot want to be entertained.

  120. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    Rainford Kalaba
  121. CLOSE!

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    There is Yannick Bolasie - like road runner as ever charging around the field - and this time a poor clearance falls into his path 18 yards out. No thought, left footed, low, not a clean hit, saved by the legs of the goalkeeper who still has not collected a shot or cross cleanly.

  122. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    Rainford Kalaba - a 70+ cap man for Zambia. I expected some sort of stalwart central midfielder or defender but he's actually a tricky left winger. I didn't know wingers could be so consistent.

    He dances down the flank and deliver a cross which causes some panic but it's dealt with - headed away.


    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    Emmanuel Embola - the Zambia left-back - just chested the ball back to his goalkeeper at the back post - I love it when a player does that. Cool and relaxed.

    Credit to Zambia's midfielders who are working hard in front of the defence to stay on top of any attacks. Good pressing, a few shoulder charges and should we say 'loose' tackles.

  124. Post update

    BBC'S Gary Al-Smith: DRC have such small fonts on their shirts is because of a printing error. Caf official says they will be fined.

  125. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    I can only assume the fella in the crowd with a horn is a DR Congo fan because he's gone quiet. Maybe he's run out of lung power. This crowd indeed sounds quiet and in fairness, the way Zambia are keeping this tight is maybe silencing them.

    The Bullets are not great with the ball but their lead is not under threat.


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  127. CLOSE!

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    DR Congo, with Youssouf Mulumbu on the ball a lot, are patient in possession. They seem to believe they can work their way back into this and haven't been panicked by the goal. A free-kick from wide is whipped in by Yannick Bolasie is met by Chancel Mbemba Mangulu 10 yards out but his header is high and wide.

  128. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Ebebeyin: The 'keepers need to wake up here. A flap led to the goal, and now Zambia's Mweene has spilled twice when coming to claim. DRC warming up now

  129. CLOSE!

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    Chisamba Lungu stands over the ball, legs apart like Jonny Wilkinson, and thumps an effort goalwards but it's parried away.

    Jonny Wilkinson

    It was travelling. Neither of these keepers believe in catching the ball. That should make for some fun.

  130. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    Zambia and Southampton striker Emmanuel Mayuka is brought down 30 yards from goal. As we've seen, Zambia are not shy when it comes to shooting and this, mark my words will be smashed at goal.

  131. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    Zambia - their goalkeeper aside - look quite comfortable. Their foot has come off the gas slightly as they gather themselves after taking that early lead.

    Another Yannick Bolasie shot for DR Congo from range causes a scramble in the box but Zambia are all over the turmoil and hoof it clear. Organised chaos on their behalf until big defender Stoppila Sunzu puts a massive boot through it.

  132. The English interests

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    The English contingent in this day-two opener...

    Mayuka, Mulumbu, Bloasie

    Southampton's Emmanuel Mayuka lines up for Zambia, while West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu and Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie don their DR Congo shirts.

    Mayuka, still just 24, has played over 50 times for his country and scored 11 goals.

    Bloasie legs it down the left wing and gets a cross in after dropping one or two markers. The Zambia goalkeeper again has butter fingers but this time there's no pressure on him and he picks up at the second attempt.

  133. CLOSE!

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo

    We saw a few bad misses on day one and Dieumerci Mbokani of DR Congo has just put his hat into the ring. Good work by Issama Mpeko ends with a cross into the box and more shocking goalkeeping - this time by Kennedy Mweene, who spills the ball to the feet of Mbokani six yards out.

    It's bouncing and should be buried but he blazes over. Awful finish.

  134. Post update

    BBC Sport's Alex South: So busy outside. Missed the opening goal!

  135. Post update

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo


    How do DR Congo respond from that early setback? They have plenty about them going forward and are on the front foot at least, forcing a corner which is easily cleared.

    In other news, there's a squeaky horn of some sort in the crowd which is hugely annoying.

    It doesn't look like the guy in front is particularly happy with the noise either.

  136. Age ain't nothing but a number...

    Zambia v DR Congo (16:00 GMT)

    DR Congo team

    Robert Kidiaba, the goalkeeper for DR Congo, is the oldest player at this Africa Cup of Nations. He turns 39 on 1 February and plays for TP Mazembe in the country.

    He will not want to remember that punch for many more years...

  137. GOAL

    Zambia 1-0 DR Congo - Given Singuluma

    Well we said they had intent and it took 62 seconds for Given Singuluma to find the net with some help by generous goalkeeping.

    Captain Rainford Kalaba pokes a cross into the box and out comes Robert Kidiaba in the DR Congo goal to punch bravely. His bravery is punished though as there is no distance on the punch and it falls to Given Singuluma who lashes in from the edge of the box.

    All that planning and preparation smashed to pieces so quickly.

  138. KICK-OFF

    Zambia 0-0 DR Congo

    Cheeky, Zambia roll the kick-off and shoot from the halfway line. It trickles wide but it's good to see they have intent.

  139. Crowd chaos

    Zambia 0-0 DR Congo

    BBC Sport's Ed Harry in Ebebeyin: This 5,000 capacity stadium is not yet full, but one section bursting. Far right of the main stand is so full they are stood three or four deep in all the walkways. At the far end of the main stand, equivalent section is empty! Lots of fans without tickets have been turned away. Everyone screened for Ebola on entry - the time that took frustrated supporters, some of whom clashed with a large police presence outside.

  140. Post update

    Zambia v DR Congo (16:00 GMT)

    Here we go then, the teams gather around the centre circle for a moment of silence to honour the victims of the Ebola Virus epidemic.

    The crowd inside Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín have clapsticks aplenty and are making a heap of noise. First game jitters for anyone? Time to deliver...

  141. Rush and frustration getting in...

    Zambia v DR Congo (16:00 GMT)


    BBC Sport's Alex South in Ebebiyin: Lots of fans trying to get into the Estadio de Ebebiyin without tickets. Majority want to buy but there are no ticket offices around the stadium. Police are trying to get the fans with tickets inside but the queues are growing in size and frustration.


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    BBC Sport's John Bennett: It's harder now to spot little known, emerging stars at an AFCON but look out for DRC's Firmin Ndombe Mubele. Huge potential.

  143. Team news

    Zambia v DR Congo (16:00 GMT)

    Plenty of British interest in this first Group B match with Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie and West Brom's Youssouf Mulumbu starting for DR Congo and Southampton striker Emmanuel Mayuka in for Zambia. Peterborough United defender Gabriel Zakuani is on the bench for DR Congo.

    Zambia: Mweene, Nkausu, Mbola, Mtonga, Sunzu, Sinkala, Singuluma, Lungu, Kalaba, Kampamba, Mayuka

    DR Congo: Muteba, Djos, Kilichio, Mpela, Mongongu, Mbemba, Mulumbu, Kage, Bezua, Ndombe, Bolasie

  144. A harsh reality...

    Zambia v DR Congo (16:00 GMT)

    Fans queue to be screened for Ebola

    BBC Sport's Alex South in Ebebiyin: "What did I say about an orderly cue. As the Ebola screening means fans are only being allowed in a few at a time, frustration is building amongst supporters trying to get in the ground. As soon as there looked like there might be trouble the police in their riot gear moved in. I'm not sure it's calming the situation but it seems under control."

  145. Know your Guineas and Congos

    Zambia v DR Congo (16:00 GMT)

    Now then, let's just clear one thing up as we did yesterday.

    Today we see DR Congo - that's the Democratic Republic of Congo - take on Zambia. This is an all together different team to Congo, who drew 1-1 with Equatorial Guinea yesterday.

    And by the way, don't confuse Equatorial Guinea with Guinea, who play Ivory Coast on Tuesday.

    Hope we cleared that up.

  146. Line up...line up

    Zambia v DR Congo (16:00 GMT)

    Afcon 2015

    BBC World's Alex South in Ebibeyin: Form an orderly cue! The fans are being very well behaved outside the Estadio de Ebebiyin. You may notice it's only women in this cue. For some reason the men are separated. Supporters are only being allowed in 10 at a time for Ebola checks.

  147. Zambia eight off record

    Zambia v DR Congo (16:00 GMT)


    Egypt haven't qualified for the tournament since winning it in 2010.

  148. That winning feeling

    Zambia v DR Congo (16:00 GMT)

    Zaire in 2012

    Zambia recorded a stunning shock to lift the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations trophy, beating Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties after a goalless final.

    The team, known as Chipolopolo - which translates to the Bullets - are unbeaten in 11 AFCON matches as they drew all three group games in the 2013 tournament, sending them out.

  149. Heartbreak and geography

    Welcome to AFCON 2015

    Now then, first can I air some personal frustration?

    Eddie Murphy in Coming to America

    Those of you who have seen the classic 1988 film Coming to America will know all about Eddie Murphy's mission to leave his throne as prince of Zamunda, to move to America in order to find love.

    Now extensive AFCON research has seen us scour the continent and it turns out Zamunda was an entirely fictional place. This angered me.

    Anyway, today we see two very real countries get our action underway and as you can see by the map, they neighbour one another, so it could be tasty...

    Google map of Africa

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  151. No holding back

    Welcome to AFCON 2015

    It's Sunday, it's Africa Cup of Nations day two and, in some way at least, we kick-off with the nation that gave us this...

    Zaire national football team

    Yes, who could forget Mwepu Ilunga racing from the wall for Zaire - now DR Congo - in 1974 to blast a Brazil free-kick clear before the referee had blown his whistle. In some way, I think we are all indebted to him and the Democratic Republic of Congo for such a wonderful moment.

    Today, they take on Zambia - shock winners of this tournament in 2012 - at 15:00 GMT, before Tunisia against Cape Verde at 19:00 GMT.

    Let's go for it, just like our man Mwepu...

    Mwepu Ilunga