• Ivory Coast faces tough road, Togo thwarted by bumpy field
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    Ivory Coast faces tough road, Togo thwarted by bumpy field

    Ivory Coast's defense of its African Cup title looked shaky on Friday in a 2-2 draw with Congo, and a bumpy field helped Morocco see off Togo 3-1. The Ivorians dropped out of the quarterfinal places with one crucial round left in Group C. Although Ivory Coast showed heart to pick itself up twice after falling behind against Congo, it's still struggling after starting with two draws. Wilfried Bony equalized the first time against Congo with a header after Neeskens Kebano put the Congolese ahead inside 10 minutes with a sweet first-time shot. Congo responded two minutes after Bony's equalizer to lead again through Junior Kabananga, left completely unmarked in the 28th to head powerfully home. Needing

  • Jones speaks out on Tim Howard’s “dangerous” talk (video)

    Jones speaks out on Tim Howard’s “dangerous” talk (video)

    New LA Galaxy midfielder and USMNT mainstay Jermaine Jones is hoping he can clarify Tim Howard’s controversial comments about dual nationals. Howard said Wednesday that there were commitment issues with some of the dual nationals on the United States squad, adding that players like Jones and Fabian Johnson were great for the team. Jones answered those thoughts on Thursday, labeling them “dangerous stuff”. From ESPNFC’s Doug McIntyre: “With all the respect for Timmy, I feel it’s not if you’re half American or full-American. It’s more what you have in here [taps his chest]. “If you go on the field and you give everything for this country, then of course sometimes there’s a situation where you’re

  • AFCON 2017: Mahrez's Algeria on brink of early exit

    AFCON 2017: Mahrez's Algeria on brink of early exit

    (CNN)The likes of Algeria and Tunisia have endured something of a dry spell in recent years, with no team from north of the Sahara reaching the Africa Cup of Nations semifinal since Egypt lifted the trophy in 2010. On the evidence of Thursday's North African Derby -- billed as must-win for both sides -- that barren run doesn't look any closer to ending for Algeria. Few in this tournament can boast star names on the level of Yacine Brahimi, Islam Slimani and CAF African Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez, but it has now been almost three decades since the Desert Warriors' solitary AFCON title back in 1990 on home soil. This is Algeria's seventeenth AFCON appearance, the same as three-time winner