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14 Jan 17 16:03
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Game 1. Gabon v Guineau Bissau

0-0 at HT - both teams absolutely gash, pitch like a ploughed field
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Report nomiskroy January 19, 2017 4:32 PM GMT
Perhaps not war then...minor skirmishing.

Like me at school. Must try harder.
Report nomiskroy January 19, 2017 4:36 PM GMT
Should be a couple of bookings for every corner they have.
Report bigH January 19, 2017 5:00 PM GMT
greened up on unders

3 bookings so far - need 1 more Algerian and 2 more Tunisian for very nice profit

looks promising
Report nomiskroy January 19, 2017 5:02 PM GMT
I would anticipate you getting that profit.
Report anxious January 19, 2017 5:07 PM GMT
1-0 Tunisia
Report bigH January 19, 2017 5:24 PM GMT
4 bookings

365 bet landed
Report anxious January 19, 2017 5:25 PM GMT
2-0 Tunisia , over 3.5 cards landed
Report anxious January 19, 2017 5:25 PM GMT
How was that not a red though Plain
Report anxious January 19, 2017 5:26 PM GMT
Big H did you have a red card
Report bingo bongo January 19, 2017 5:36 PM GMT
Change in the laws mean it isn't an automatic red card for denying a goalscoring opportunity.
Mind you they also say a player doesn't have to go off after treatment if the fouling player gets a yellow, which seems to have be completely forgotten in every game I've seen.
Report bingo bongo January 19, 2017 5:36 PM GMT
If its a penalty I should have mentioned.
Report bigH January 19, 2017 6:00 PM GMT
Yes I had a red card

What happened? Not seen 2nd half as was out of the house
Report anxious January 19, 2017 6:08 PM GMT
Tunisian clean through brought down in penalty area looked a cert red ref gave a  yellow
Report bigH January 19, 2017 6:11 PM GMT

Big bets won apart from the red card, also lost a few smaller bets on a bloodbath

A red card would have been an excellent result
Report anxious January 19, 2017 6:32 PM GMT
Should have been red very poor decision from ref
Report bigH January 19, 2017 7:05 PM GMT
Senegal v Zimbabwe

Senegal easy win for me
Report bigH January 19, 2017 7:17 PM GMT
2-0 after 13 minutes

Report bigH January 19, 2017 8:19 PM GMT
kung fu challenge - not even a yellow
Report wallis January 19, 2017 8:32 PM GMT
You hardly ever get reds in this tournament because CAF dont want the world thinking their players are dirty and out of control.  They think its bad for their image, been happening ever since it was televised with players not being booked or sent off.
Report trilby22 January 19, 2017 8:54 PM GMT

Jan 19, 2017 -- 9:48AM, bigH wrote:

yes that the correct points for cards I never use sportsbook so I am confused about what the actual market is as there are two markets:  "Total Bookings Points 1" and "Total Booking points 2"It's not clear but I am guessing 1st half and 2nd half

Thanks H

I assumed TBP1 simply to be less risk.  Naturally I was greedy & went for the bigger odds Laugh

Report throwthetellyoutawindow January 20, 2017 5:12 PM GMT
How can D.R.Congo be winning this with Mbokani leading the line 2-1 up at HT shirley Ivory Coast turn this round 2nd half anybody been watching this ??
Report throwthetellyoutawindow January 20, 2017 5:31 PM GMT
Report bigH January 20, 2017 7:01 PM GMT
Missed the Ivory Coast game thankfully as would have been a loser

single bet on Morocco to win this

csn't find a red card market anywhere so sending off is guaranteed
Report bigH January 20, 2017 7:13 PM GMT

Why did I back these bedouinarsebandits?
Report bigH January 20, 2017 7:15 PM GMT
Report Johnny_Mustang January 20, 2017 7:19 PM GMT
AFCON - the new home of goals.
Report bigH January 20, 2017 7:21 PM GMT
2-1 to the rug sellers!!
Report jack_maxi January 20, 2017 7:26 PM GMT
Rugs are more Persian I'd say, hash is more apt for these guys.
Report bigH January 20, 2017 9:04 PM GMT
FT 3-1

ACN match checklist:

hopeless goalkeeping - yes
keystone cops defending - yes
neck high tackles - yes
rubbish pitch - yes
atrocious finishing - yes
incompetant referreeing - yes
Report bigH January 21, 2017 5:52 PM GMT
Ghana v Mali

nothing funnier than watching a bunch of talentless cheating coonts complaining about getting beaten
Report bigH January 21, 2017 8:37 PM GMT
Egypt v Uganda

Unders backers in clover again

The pitch is practically unplayable - combine that with some truly shoite players, no surprise there's no goals
Report loui January 21, 2017 8:43 PM GMT
Unders and draw backers in the green big time so far here. Boy, does this comp ever have a good game on a good pitch. Joel Matip for FIFA president is a good bet
Report bigH January 21, 2017 8:47 PM GMT
Report bigH January 22, 2017 9:38 PM GMT
Hope everyone was on unders again today

Easy money
Report ph. January 22, 2017 11:54 PM GMT
more quality and entertainment in the Johnstones Paint Cup.
Report Dav_vin03 January 23, 2017 1:58 PM GMT
algeria and tunisia double?
Report bigH January 23, 2017 5:06 PM GMT
unders double
Report Lazynative January 23, 2017 5:39 PM GMT
Wouldn't trust either of these teams, never mind both together
Report loui January 23, 2017 5:45 PM GMT
Draw and Tunisia double for me gl
Report BennyBinion1 January 23, 2017 7:11 PM GMT

Two early goals....
Report Johnny_Mustang January 23, 2017 7:26 PM GMT
The NEW home of goals.
Report BennyBinion1 January 23, 2017 7:36 PM GMT
And they keep on coming!!
Report sofaking January 23, 2017 8:27 PM GMT
2-2 Senegal v Algeria. Anyone watching?  WIll there be more goals?
Report sofaking January 23, 2017 8:43 PM GMT
I guess not, eh. 2-2 FT.
Report Super Hans January 23, 2017 8:55 PM GMT
Senegal are all that's wrong with modern football.
Feigning injuries all game and playing for a draw when already throughCry
Report marychain1 January 24, 2017 5:46 PM GMT
What do Togo need to go through tonight?
Report betting_masta January 24, 2017 6:51 PM GMT
Morocco-Ivory coast.looks like Cote D'ivoire are stronger. Anyone seen both teams play?
Report anxious January 24, 2017 6:53 PM GMT
Over 2.5 goals in the Morocco v Ivory Coast
Report anxious January 24, 2017 6:54 PM GMT
The Ivory Coast have struggled so far they must win to go through , this I think will a be a very tense game
Report betting_masta January 24, 2017 6:57 PM GMT
over 30 booking pts looks good. tipped elsewhere. no markets on betfair though
Report betting_masta January 24, 2017 6:57 PM GMT
likely to be more kicks at each other than goals in this
Report badjoe January 24, 2017 7:08 PM GMT
Have backed a overs double of Morocco v Ivory Coast and Napoli v Fiorentina @ 3.7.
Report betting_masta January 24, 2017 7:19 PM GMT
ref will start pulling his cards out soon
Report marychain1 January 24, 2017 8:00 PM GMT
Hope so
Report anxious January 24, 2017 8:32 PM GMT
1-0 Morroco
Report betting_masta January 24, 2017 8:32 PM GMT
ivory coast are ******* dreadful
Report marychain1 January 24, 2017 8:32 PM GMT
Ivory Coast playing route 1 to Bony and Zaha Shocked Laugh
Report betting_masta January 24, 2017 8:33 PM GMT
3+ cards won easily
Report Hamsterdam January 24, 2017 8:49 PM GMT
These clowns were the pre-tournament faves? They are ****g dreadful.
Report marychain1 January 24, 2017 8:50 PM GMT
4.5 cards was 9/2
Report betting_masta January 24, 2017 8:51 PM GMT
Herve Renard making something out of not very much again with this Morocco team
Report bigH January 24, 2017 8:55 PM GMT
still no red card in the tourney but doing nicely on the yellow cards with Slybet
Report anxious January 24, 2017 8:55 PM GMT
Ivory Coast were abysmal
Report anxious January 24, 2017 8:57 PM GMT
Think more likely to get higher card count in straight knockout games although it seems the referees have been urged to  go easy on cards so far
Report anxious January 24, 2017 8:58 PM GMT
Do we know if all the refs are African ?
Report ian merseyside January 25, 2017 1:12 AM GMT
Both pitches looked to be in a woeful condition again.  I read that the Southend groundsman got sacked the other day when a match got postponed.  He would be well advised to get himself a job at one of these African Nations stadiums, he could hardly fail to improve things even if he got a plough out!
Report bigH January 25, 2017 9:13 PM GMT
hope we were all on the unders double again tonight
Report bigH January 28, 2017 8:42 PM GMT
2-0 and looking like  0-0

wheres the wheelbarrow
Report sofaking January 28, 2017 8:45 PM GMT
I expect very late drama in Senegal v Cameroon.
Report stickyvicky January 28, 2017 9:46 PM GMT
Lol Mane
Report Judge Roughneck January 28, 2017 10:32 PM GMT

I have sent you a private message.
Report Dav_vin03 January 29, 2017 9:05 AM GMT
the winner of egypt vs morocco wins the tournament IMO
Report stickyvicky January 29, 2017 7:13 PM GMT
Referee having a shocker already
Report Angela Rebecchi January 29, 2017 8:14 PM GMT
1.69            £219,153

Egypt draw HT bet by someone!
Report Dav_vin03 January 29, 2017 8:28 PM GMT
wow, big bet.

do they know?
Report bigH January 29, 2017 8:38 PM GMT
Judge Roughneck - pm'd you
Report sofaking January 29, 2017 8:41 PM GMT

Jan 29, 2017 -- 2:28PM, Dav_vin03 wrote:

wow, big they know?

This whole tournament is corrupt.  Stay out of betting here guys.   0-0 FT Egypt v Morocco.

Report sofaking January 29, 2017 8:43 PM GMT
12 seconds delay is a joke.
Report Angela Rebecchi January 29, 2017 8:43 PM GMT
Despite 0-0 being 6.0 SP and 2.0 at HT I can't believe they fixed that as the bar has been hit twice and the keeper has made a few good saves.
Report Angela Rebecchi January 29, 2017 8:44 PM GMT
The draw could have been fixed though for sure.
Report sofaking January 29, 2017 8:44 PM GMT
no doubt about it. 10000% FIX.
Report Angela Rebecchi January 29, 2017 8:45 PM GMT
What are you saying is a fix? The draw. 0-0 can't have been. The draw bet at HT looked suspiciously large I must agree!
Report Angela Rebecchi January 29, 2017 8:46 PM GMT
1-0 Egypt there goes that theory lol!
Report sofaking January 29, 2017 8:46 PM GMT
Report Angela Rebecchi January 29, 2017 8:54 PM GMT
1-0 FT. Incredible!
Report bigH January 29, 2017 8:58 PM GMT

Report Vubiant January 29, 2017 8:59 PM GMT
That's 4 clean sheets for Egypt ...
Report Dav_vin03 January 29, 2017 9:42 PM GMT
egypt will win it now, absolute certainty

burkino faso in the semi's is a free pass into the final
Report Petruchio January 30, 2017 11:07 AM GMT
Apologies if anyone's already raised or answered this - what's the situation with Eurosport and the standard Sky Sports package ?

I gather that Discovery (who own rights to Eurosport) can't agree contract terms with Sky after 31 January (tomorrow) and I keep getting a message on the ES screens to the effect that Sky viewers won't be able to watch AFCON from 1 February. While I agree that this isn't a major loss (see *below) it's really quite annoying to be prevented from watching a competition as it enters its semi-final stage. If anyone's contacted Sky or actually knows the situation - can you get a temporary pass to Eurosport, or can you subscribe to Discovery independently (if so, how much per month)?

* This must be the worst AFCON yet.  I accept that the pitches and the refereeing aren't helping, but I really believe that most of these teams wouldn't survive in League 1.  The one or two class players on show just haven't turned up (thought Mane, all through the QF, had a balloon over his head saying he'd rather be at Anfield). Didn't Pele say about forty years ago that an African team would win the World Cup before the year 2000 ? Yeah, right. And why do all the goalkeepers fall over in agony when nobody's touched them ?
Report anxious January 30, 2017 11:41 AM GMT
don't know the exact situation but I think eurosport is a subscription channel which costs a fiver more , there is a thread on chit chat about this dispute
Report Petruchio January 30, 2017 12:03 PM GMT
Thanks, Anxious.  I've read the ChitChat thread, and I think I've grasped the situation.

I'll swerve the £6pm subcription. For what it's worth, I'd take Egypt to get past BF in the semi, and a boring final to go to penalties.
Report Dav_vin03 January 30, 2017 2:52 PM GMT
you can get eurosport player £19.99 for the year

its on offer on the website
Report bigH February 3, 2017 4:24 PM GMT
30 matches so far

22 matches were under 2.5

in the majority of the overs games you could have traded out for a decent profit at some point during the game

Pocket-wise they should hold this tournament every year
Report Poppydog. February 5, 2017 8:49 PM GMT
No thread for the final, but looks like a 88th minute Cameroon winner
Report morpteh mackem February 5, 2017 8:55 PM GMT
Report tictacman1 February 5, 2017 8:58 PM GMT
Played well cameroon 2-1...Roger Miller leading the dancing in the stands
Report Super Hans February 5, 2017 8:58 PM GMT
Smart move by MatipLaugh
Report stroodle February 5, 2017 8:58 PM GMT
Yeah had £20 on Egypt early doors to win outright, could have cashed out when they were leading 1-0 h/t, but greed and the fact I was more concerned about Juventus match cost me a few sausage's. Mind you was just for an interest in competition, well done Cameroon.
Report anxious February 5, 2017 9:06 PM GMT
Yes well done to Cameroon fully deserved to win , played attacking football in the Semi final and tonight , as big H said though overall unders backers were well in front in the Tournament
Report bigH February 5, 2017 9:25 PM GMT
Yes profitable and hilariously rubbish all the way through.

Hats off to those who actually travelled to see the tournament

Here's a great read from the European Football Weekends FB page

"I’m just back from two weeks in Gabon attending some games during the group phase of the 2017 African Cup of Nations (or CAN - Coupe d'Afrique des Nations). Here’s a short report and a few pictures.

There was a bit of turmoil in the country, with several people being killed, in the aftermath of the general election last August that was suspected to have been ****, according to the opposition and some international observers. At times, it was even rumoured to withdraw the tournament from Gabon. Things calmed down though in the meantime and the cup went ahead. Emotions about it were mixed. Many locals see it as a waste of money and a prestigious project of the President in a country that is rich in oil, tropical wood, and manganese, but where most of the public don’t get a share of that wealth.

However, lots of Gabonese are football-mad anyway, even though their country never enjoyed the success as the likes of Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, or Ghana. The overall atmosphere around and at the games was cheerful and positive, although attendances did not meet the organisers’ expectations (which is an entirely different topic).

I arrived in the evening before the opening match in Libreville and my AirBnB host had already purchased a ticket for me. 10,000 CFA-Francs (€15) for the main stand and that’s face value. Rather pricey compared to previous tournaments on the continent but that included a double-header (Gabon v Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso v Cameroon, both games ended in a 1-1 draw), an opening ceremony featuring some regionally famous pop stars, as well as the opening speech by the notorious President Ali Bongo Ondimba.

Officially sold out, the Stade d’Angondjé (a.k.a. Stade de l'Amitié) had a few empty seats that day despite the host nation playing. That was not due to a lack of interest by the locals but rather owed to the chaotic ticket selling procedures. The official ticket sales points often had none available while plenty of complimentary corporate tickets were touted outside. The atmosphere was good and cheerful but the Gabonais soon left disappointed after only drawing with first-time participants and footballing minnows Guinea-Bissau. The second game of the day was a lot more exciting with good support from Burkina Faso and Cameroon, with many of them living in Gabon.

Next stop was Port Gentil, further down the coast and only accessible by boat (4 hrs, €40) or plane (40 minutes, €150). I chose the boat. There are no timetables but at least one ferry is supposed to sail every day (unless the sea is too rough). I was lucky to catch a 9:30am departure after having arrived at the ferry terminal at eight in the morning. Port Gentil is a town built on oil and has steadily grown over the last years. But don’t expect a big city. African towns are more like very large villages.

Again, the two official ticket outlets (the revenue office and the hospital) had no tickets available on the day before the match, let alone on matchday. After hours of looking for spares, we’ve ended up buying complimentary tickets off a tout at the same price a paid ticket would have cost (€8 each for the main stand). The newly built stadium is located 10km out of town on a newly built road leading to it. However, the last third of the road is blocked off for traffic, leaving everybody with a good hike in the boiling sun. No surprise the ground was only half full for the Ghana v Uganda and Mali v Egypt double-header.

Catering at the grounds was limited to canned soft drinks and baguette sandwiches. No beer. But many gave up trying to get to the front of the “queue”. It was chaotic to say the least.

Getting back after the game was a bit more challenging. It took us a one-hour walk (or half way along the newly built road) to finally find a taxi that would take us back into town. No public transport, shuttle buses or anything – unless you were in the VIP brigade with your own chauffeur.
The ferry back to Libreville was put forward from 5pm to 5am, which meant a very early start and lack of sleep for the rest of the journey that day. Franceville in the southeast of the country is connected to Owendo (near Libreville) by Gabon’s only train line and was to be my next stop. There are two trains operating alternately on this route once a day (except Saturdays): A worn-out 1980s French SNCF train and a newer, more comfortable 2011 Korean train. Buying tickets in their official agency was surprisingly easy and straightforward, and so I embarked on the old train on the way out (6 hours delay) and the fast train on the way back (on time).

Franceville is a very pleasant town, spread out over several green hills, and very calm and relaxed compared to other African cities. That’s unless you go to the Potos area with its colourful, bustling market and wooden shack bars where you can knock down a few 65cl bottles of cold Régab for under a euro each while listening to very loud music and nibbling on brochettes (meat skewers). I decided to spend a few days here simply to recover from the rough travelling the previous days, and this is also when I decided to skip the trip to Oyem (the fourth venue of the tournament located in the north of the country and a nightmare to get in to or out of).

The ticketing in Franceville was much more efficient compared to what I’ve experienced before. There was an official salespoint on the major roundabout in Potos as well as a few mobile sellers going from bar to bar offering the cheapest category at 500F (80 cents) just to make sure that at least a few people will go to watch the game. That wasn’t easy as the Gabon match on TV had more appeal to the locals than watching Burkina Faso battling it out on the pitch versus Guinea-Bissau.

It turned out that some of the Guinea-Bissau FA officials and their press team also stayed at my motel-style accommodation by the river. We soon became friends, had a few beers together, I got interviewed by their radio station, was handed a complimentary ticket to sit with them, and was invited to join them on the minibus they hired to get to the ground. A good day out despite the fact they didn’t make it past the group stage.

Senegal v Algeria the next day attracted plenty of Senegalese who work and live in the region. Their support was simply amazing. Very musical, rhythmic, and enthusiastic. Senegal also played the best football I had seen so far in this competition. A good handful of Algerians were also present and God only knows how they managed to get their pyro into the ground with security checks being more thorough than at some European airports. A good game that ended 2-2, and over all a very atmospheric night.

After returning to Libreville and just taking it easy for two more days, I came back home last weekend. What an experience.

Did I like it? Oh, yes. Was it worth it? Absolutely. Would I recommend it to others? It depends. Only if you’ve gathered previous African travel experience and can cope with the chaos, the heat and humidity, the lack of toilets in bars, and the overall uncertainty, frustration, and challenges to get anything organized.

Remember there are no street names (so you’d need to know exactly where you’re going), no public transport or timetables (apart from the train), plenty of dirt roads (also in town), day time temperatures around 30°C and 90% humidity, heavy thunderstorms at night, hardly any useful info to be found online (if you’re lucky enough to get wi-fi), and hotels not honouring your bookings. And it’s not cheap. Allow at least €30 for a basic room. Supermarkets selling mostly imported goods from France at twice the price compared to Paris, and a plain Pizza Margarita in a simple eatery costing as much as €10. The sky is the limit at the better, air-conditioned restaurants. However, you can also get decent local food at places that at first don’t look too inviting for less than €3 a meal. And the beer is generally always good and cheap. The people are usually very friendly, helpful, and hospitable.

See you in Cameroon in two years!"
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