FS Africa Cup:

Introduction:

The FS Africa Cup is a virtually simulated knock-out cup involving all FIFA members that belong to the CAF.

The tournament is done with a knockout format. There will be 1 match in a neutral venue that will end in extra time and penalties if necessary.

The tournament consists of a preliminary round featuring the 44 lowest ranked African teams on the FS ranking. The other 10 teams are exempt until round 1.

There is an open random draw, so any team can draw anyone regardless of geographical location, FS ranking, FIFA ranking or political issues. Draws are done using http://www.random.org/

The preliminary round will feature 22 matches, after that round 1 will start with 16 matches and the tournament will then go on until we have a winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preliminary round:

No hattricks were scored this round. In fact only two players managed to score 2 goals: Mahamat Ahmat Labbo scored both goals for Chad and Odair Fortes scored half of Cape Verde Islands’ goals.
A remarkable thing was the amount of games that couldn’t be decided after 90 minutes. 2 games needed extra time and 5 games had to go even further to a penalty shootout.
There were a few upset victories, but two of them stood out. Seychelles defeated Congo 2 to 1 and Comoros only needed 1 goal to eliminate South Africa from the tournament.

Congo 1 – 2 Seychelles
Burundi 1 – 2 Chad
Gambia 1 – 1 (ET: 2 – 2) (Penalties: 4 – 3) Benin
Mauritius 0 – 2 Angola
Kenya 3 – 0 Niger
Libya 0 – 2 Uganda
Central African Republic 0 – 0 (ET: 0 – 2) Madagascar
Cape Verde Islands 4 – 2 Eritrea
Liberia 1 – 2 Mali
Togo 1 – 2 Malawi
Gabon 2 – 2 (ET: 2 – 3) Guinea
Namibia 2 – 2 (ET: 2 – 2) (Penalties: 3 – 4) Rwanda
 Zimbabwe 0 – 2 Tanzania
Equatorial Guinea 0 – 1 D.R. Congo
Burkina Faso 2 – 1 Ethiopia
Sao Tome e Principe  0 – 2 South Sudan
Somalia 0 – 0 (ET: 0 – 0) (Penalties: 5 – 3) Djibouti
Swaziland 2 – 1 Guinea-Bissau
South Africa 0 – 1 Comoros
Botswana 1 – 1 (ET: 1 – 1) (Penalties: 4 – 2) Mauritania
Mozambique 0 – 3 Sudan
Sierra Leone 0 – 0 (ET: 1 – 1) (Penalties: 4 – 5) Lesotho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 1:

Round 1 started off with 3 high quality matches. 6 teams that didn’t have to compete in preliminaries drew each other. Algeria faced Morocco and won that game thanks to Riyad Mahrez. Ivory Coast had to fight hard to overcome Zambia and a goalless 120 minutes between Egypt and Cameroon had to be decided with a penalty shootout that was won by Egypt. Papiss Cisse scored 2 goals this round for Senegal, as did Sandile Hlatjwako for Swaziland and Jordan Ayew for Ghana. A curious result was the first game between Lesotho and Tanzania. After 90 minutes the score was a 1-1 tie, but in extra time Tanzania managed to somehow score 3 goals securing a large victory.

Lesotho 1 – 1 (ET: 1 – 4) Tanzania
Algeria 1 – 0 Morocco
Senegal 3 – 0 Mali
Sudan 1 – 0 Madagascar
Nigeria 2 – 0 Angola
Burkina Faso 0 – 1 Kenya
Seychelles 1 – 3 Tunisia
Somalia 0 – 0 (ET: 0 – 2) Comoros
Malawi 1 – 2 Gambia
Swaziland 2 – 1 Rwanda
South Sudan 1 – 2 Cape Verde Islands
D.R. Congo 2 – 0 Botswana
Zambia 1 – 2 Ivory Coast
Ghana 2 – 2 (ET: 3 – 2) Guinea
Egypt 0 – 0 (ET: 0 – 0) (Penalties: 5 – 3) Cameroon
Chad 0 – 1 Uganda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 2:

In the round of 16 half of the matches did not have a winner after 90 minutes. The match between Ivory Coast and Cape Verde Islands had to be decided after extra time and 3 other teams: Tunisia, Comoros and Kenya, needed penalties to secure a place in the quarter finals. Pa Amat Dibba of Gambia was the only player to score 2 goals.

Egypt 1 – 2 Ghana
Senegal 1 – 0 Sudan
Ivory Coast 0 – 0 (ET: 2 – 0) Cape Verde Islands
Tunisia 2 – 2 (ET: 2 – 2) (Penalties: 5 – 4) Uganda
Swaziland 0 – 0 (ET: 1 – 1) (Penalties: 1 – 4) Comoros
Kenya 1 – 1 (ET: 1 – 1) (Penalties: 4 – 3) D.R. Congo
Tanzania 0 – 2 Gambia
Nigeria 1 – 0 Algeria

Round 3/quarter finals:

Comoros was looking to pull off yet another miracle, this time against Nigeria. After 90 minutes they had a 1-1 draw, but extra time was too much for them as Nigeria scored the deciding 2-1. The first (and perhaps only) hattrick of the tournament is achieved very late, Wakaso Mubarak scored 3 goals for Ghana against Tunisia. Salomon Kalou managed to score 2 goals for Ivory Coast in their 3-0 victory over Kenya. With Tunisia, Comoros, Gambia and Kenya gone we are now left with 4 African superpowers.

Kenya 0 – 3 Ivory Coast
Ghana 4 – 1 Tunisia
Senegal 1 – 0 Gambia
Comoros 1 – 1 (ET: 1 – 2) Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 4/semi finals:

The match between Ivory Coast and Senegal was close. Yaya Toure brought them in the lead, but late in the match Sadio Mane scored an equalizer. Extra time remained goalless and thus we needed penalties. Ivory Coast had a perfect shootout, they scored every penalty and Sylvain Gbohouo stopped every Senegalese penalty. Only one goal was scored during the match between Nigeria and Ghana. Sunday Mba scored the decisive goal in the 41st minute.

Ivory Coast 1 – 1 (ET: 1 – 1) (Penalties: 3 – 0) Senegal
Nigeria 1 – 0 Ghana

Final:

Nigeria became champions of Africa in an incredible final! Early in the game Brown Ideye scored, Nigeria was in a 1-0 lead in the 9th minute. It took until the 27th minute for Ivory Coast to respond, Lacina Traore scored the equalizer. Nigeria however didn’t want to go to half time with a tie on the score board and in the 44th minute Emmanuel Emenike scored the 2-1. 8 minutes into the second half in the 53rd minute Nigeria scored once more, this time it was Ahmed Musa. Ivory Coast was not about to give up though and Lacina Traore scored his second goal in the 59th minute making it 2-3. It only took 4 minutes for Emmanuel Emenike to respond, he put in the 4th goal for Nigeria. In the 73rd minute it was Ivory Coast scoring yet again, this time Wilfried Bony. Lacine Traore then completed his hattrick only 2 minutes later tying up the score to 4-4. A quick response in the 78th minute however was fatal to Ivory Coast. Brown Ideye scored his second goal and decided the game in the favor of Nigeria.

Ivory Coast 4 – 5 Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lowest ranked teams:

In round 1: Somalia, #214
In round 2: Comoros, #161
In quarter final: Comoros, #161
In semi final: Senegal, #52
In final: Nigeria, #50