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Africa Cup Of Nations
As Côte d’Ivoire prepare to face Mali, the African player of the year talks exclusively to PUMA Football about not making mistakes, the threat posed by former Barcelona team-mate Seydou Keita and the prospect of meeting Ghana in the final.
The hosts played some beautiful football but went out of the competition to Mali. Here's how it happened...
In a cagey game Asamoah Gyan’s Ghana edged past Tunisia to claim a place in Wednesday’s semi-final.
Didier Ovono has enjoyed a colourful career so far. In the final part of our interview, the Gabon goalkeeper and captain speaks about his remarkable journey from Africa to Le Mans, via Barcelona, Salvador and Georgia.
Jonathan Pitroipa was fortunate enough to have received formal training and education at the ‘Planete Champion’ academy in Ouagadougou before it was closed down. In the third part of our interview, the Burkina Faso and Rennes winger talks about the time he spent at there and tells us why he and a friend decided to create another football academy, the Kada School, to replace it.
In the final part of our interview, Senegal and Rennes defender Kader Mangane talks about the difficulties he experienced when he first left Africa for Europe and explains why he still prefers Senegalese cuisine to certain French delicacies.
Despite being knocked out of the tournament following two defeats, the Stallions will be missed from the Africa Cup of Nations thanks to their thrilling attacking play.
In the second part of our interview with Le Mans goalkeeper Didier Ovono, the Gabon skipper talks about the excellent camaraderie within the squad, spares a thought for former Panthers coach Alain Giresse, and reveals that current boss Gernot Rohr is actually “a great laugh” despite his reputation!
Burkina Faso winger Jonathan Pitroipa is relishing the prospect of upsetting neighbouring rivals Côte d’Ivoire at the Africa Cup of Nations. In the second part of our interview, the Rennes star talks about comparisons with Gervinho and explains why Stallions coach Paulo Duarte is known as “the African Mourinho”.
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