The African Cup of Nations, officially CAN (which is French for Coupe d’Afrique des Nations), will take place in South Africa starting in January, and that will be the 4th tournament in just over five years.
The African Cup of Nations
The CAN has taken place in 2008, 2010 and 2012, and will also take place next year, because they are changing the tournament to odd years, but it’s still going to be every two years, while other major football regions have their tournaments every four years – as in Europe.
We are late on this news, because of some of the transfer news breaking yesterday, but Senegal have been drawn against the Ivory Coast in a two-legged play-off tie, with the winner getting a place in January’s tournament.
That means we’ll either lose Papiss Cisse or Demba Ba for the CAN, or Cheick Tiote, but not all three - and since the Ivory Coast are big favorites to win the whole thing in early February, they are favored to win the play-off two legged tie.
The Ivory Coast lost the final this year to Zambia, but only after it went to extra time and a long, long penalty shoot out, and you can watch the videos here – and Cheick Tiote scored the first penalty taken – of course – but it goes on and one…..
And if the Ivory Coast get through to the finals, it means Newcastle will only be losing Cheick Tiote to the CAN, and Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba can keep smashing those goals in for Newcastle.
Maybe Mehdi Abeid or new boy Gael Bigirimana can come in and deputize for Tiote, or maybe we’ll have Ajax player Vurnon Anita on board at the club by then.
That’s good news for Newcastle, and the next CAN will not be until 2015, which is more good news.