One of the hot favourites for the African Cup of Nations, Senegal, were sent packing yesterday by co-hosts, Equatorial Guinea. The National Lightning left it late to produce one of the biggest upsets in the history of the competition.
Randy opened the scoring in the game that was played in the Estadio de Bata, before Moussa Sow who plays in France for Lille, equalised in the 89th minute. But Kily produced a sensational 25-yard drive deep into added time to send the stadium into a frenzy. Not even the sending off of their centre-back, Laurence Doe, moments after the goal was enough to kill the atmosphere.
This achievement is stunning in all ramifications, as the coach of the team, Gilson Paulo only met his squad three weeks ago. On the other hand, Senegal came into the competition with Africa’s best forward line that included Moussa Sow (Lille), Demba Ba & Papiss Demba Cisse (Newcastle), Dame Ndoye, Mamadou Niang (Marseille), etc. But they all laboured against the debutants who are one of the lowest-ranked teams (they are 151st in the world) to ever contest a Nations Cup.
“I congratulate Equatorial Guinea for qualifying,” a downcast Amara Traore, coach of Senegal said. “We tried everything, I’m content for my players, they gave their all. I am frustrated though, as we came here to make an impact.”
One coach who will beaming with smiles is Alan Pardew. The Newcastle manager just concluded the signing of Papiss Demba Cisse to form a mouth watering partnership upfront with country man, Demba Ba. The Teranga Lions have a meaningless game against Libya left, before the strikers depart to Tyneside.
The destination of this year’s EPL trophy, in my opinion, has been decided. It will either be London or Manchester. The top five teams in the league for a while now have been the two Manchester teams, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. We’ve already moved in the second half of league games and they are steadily breaking away from the chasing pack. It is indeed hard to see all five teams have a meltdown at the same time.
This Sunday, Arsenal host Manchester United, while their neighbours, Tottenham Hotspur are away in Manchester to City. By the time these matches are concluded, there might be an exchange of positions on the log.
The first time the Gunners played United, there are ten goals at Old Trafford. United scored eight of them. But Arsene Wenger’s men did well to hit good form and they currently sit in fifth position. The North London will be banking on their impressive home form and the excellent form of Robin van Persie to get them a win.
Spurs have surprise a few pundits. Harry Redknapp’s men have played some really fantastic football this season and Gareth Bale’s form has been sensational. City have their main man, David Silva back but they will be missing the spine of the team – the Toure brothers and suspended captain, Vincent Kompany. It promises to be a very combustible encounter, as both managers have been making the headlines all week.
If Chelsea had managed to get all three points against Norwich yesterday, the build up to these games would have been more interesting. The Blues’ form have been patchy lately and their defence a bit suspect. And Andre Villas-Boas’ men were out of sorts yesterday as Torres’ bad form continued. A win for the West Londoners would have seen them move closer to the top three, ready to capitalise on any errors.
In my opinion, it still doesn’t count for anything. All four teams will march onto the pitch fully aware that there is virtually no room for margin. It might be just January, but this is crunch time.
I expect my timeline to be on far this afternoon. Last Sunday, after Arsenal were shocked by Swansea, I could hardly deal with my mentions. Fans of Chelsea and United descended and tore into me and other Arsenal supporters. I can remember some people virtually pulling off their hair and almost smashing their phones/PCs because of all the banter. And I also remember tweeting that if you think you saw anything, make sure you don’t log onto Twitter today at all. It will be bloody!
In Twitterspeak, it is called ‘setting p’. It is not an entirely different concept though. It’s been there since the days when Facebook was always the first website we visited daily. I don’t know how and why the term was coined and I’m not even going to explain what it is all about. Use your tongue to count your teeth biko.:p
So I decided to set p with this particular chic on Twitter (handle witheld). Because Twitter can be such a rowdy place, and you will likely not remember how and where you came across stuff, I really can’t tell how we met. But I’m sure it’s her avatar that pulled me in X_X. And then the setting of P started. “Now following @xyz,” I tweeted, careful not to add ‘pls follow back’, as I have been subject of coded insults and at other times,
Twitter’s notification a few minutes later confirmed she had followed back. The next step was sending a DM. I didn’t dull. i selected the option and typed: “Hi! What’s popping na? Please give me your pin so I can add you on bbm.” This is the first point where it can be a bit tricky, because she might read the handwriting on the wall and is not interested. She might simply just ignore it.
She didn’t. But her response weakened me. “Wassup? My pin is 234567890. Pls be decent and no immoral talk.” Choi! Yawa haff gased! What did I do? I simply added her and ignored her. I wanted to set p and not evangelize! 3-I