CAN ’10: Day 2 summary!

Posted in Uncategorized by Steven Villereal on January 11, 2010

Ok, who knows if we will be able to keep the BOLAS & BANDEIRAS editorial fires as stoked with journalistic kindling throughout the whoooole Nations Cup…but for now let’s have a Day 2 wrapup!

MALAWI 3 (Mwafulirwa 17, Kafoteka 35, Banda 48)

Wristbands also absorb tears...

Another shock result in the increasingly kooky Group A sees Malawi go top, earning 3 points. A poorly attended game, and sadly this match shed light on a sports-specific subset of Afro-pessimism: the stereotypes about incompetent goalkeeping which Algeria keeper Faouzi Chaouchi did little to dispel. Full credit to Malawi though, with Elvis Kafoteka’s thumping headed goal being the game’s aesthetic highpoint. A surprise loss will surely bring some bummed tweets from Les Fennecs—they’ve no points and a -3 goal difference (see tie-breaking criteria!) and have to mentally reorganize before facing Mali on Thursday.


Kone is not praying—he's ashamed

Sexxxy favorites Cote D’Ivoire looked disjointed against an extremely well-organized (the semi-patronizing compliment of choice when a team keeps a clean sheet, but does little else) Burkinabé side. Paulo Duarte got his tactics right, even if they did entail putting 10 men behind the ball for much of the game—but who can deny them the tactical right of the weak! Any theoretical marauding by Eboué on the right was smothered out, and I saw little from Drogba (only caught the 2nd half). The Elephants most dangerous threat seemed to be Gervinho, but only in patches of the game. Perhaps the most frustrating moment was Baky Kone blowing a clear chance at ’68, putting wide an excellent cut back from Gervinho, whose run had seemed to have fizzled-out.

So, Group B’s schedule is now a bit lighter with Togo out. Ghana will have to wait to make their debut on Friday, against Ivory Coast. Today’s 0-0 makes that game yet more INTENSE, with the Elephants desperately needing some points. Burkina Faso now presumably have a week off, until their showdown with Ghana next Tuesday.


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  1. THT said, on January 11, 2010 at 17:35

    the lack of spectators in both matches today was sorta damning. especially the algeria-malawi one. yeah, the attack may have put some people off, but, considering the money the gov’t put into these stadiums and the infrastructure, it really looked worse on tv (internet feed) than a mls game at giants stadium. much more sparse than the opening round can matches 2 and 4 years ago. during the confederations cup tickets were given out to fill the stadiums up, i wonder if the unita and mpla goons that run the government will so the same in angola for people who can’t afford the tix.

  2. Steev Villereal said, on January 11, 2010 at 18:38

    re: empty seats…Algeria-Malawi was definitely the emptier of the two, but this was the game that was in Luanda actually. from what i’ve heard the attacks has been sort of sloughed off in the capital—certainly the western media frenzy has outstripped coverage in Angolan papers.

    anyway, it seems to take a couple of matches in each stadium before the FIFA suits get the feel for how many tickets they need to hand out for free…normally they eventually figure it out and get butts in the seats. it’s possible that Algeria-Malawi just didn’t generate much excitement as a tie…and we already know that Luanda is hugely expensive for visitors and this has deterred many away supporters (and journalists) from making the trip.

  3. Nathaniel Davis said, on January 11, 2010 at 20:51

    And, going against the afro-goalkeeper-pessimism: Burkina Faso’s Daouda Diakite looked pretty handy!

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