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African Cup of Nations started with a cracker

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Those who expected a tight, goal-shy opening match between hosts Angola and Mali got a treat with a classic comeback from the away team. Angola was 4-0 up with ten minutes to go but Mali came back and earned a 4-4 draw scoring the last two goals in the 93rd and 94th minute respectively.


Spectacular to say the least, and if you followed Roger Milla’s draw tips you got it right at the end. More matches on Monday. Enjoy the show! African Cup of Nations started with a cracker. Those who expected a tight, goal-shy opening match between hosts Angola and Mali got a treat with a classic comeback from the away team. Angola was 4-0 up with ten minutes to go but Mali came back and earned a 4-4 draw scoring the last two goals in the 93rd and 94th minute respectively.


Spectacular to say the least, and if you followed Roger Milla’s draw tips you got it right at the end. More matches on Monday. Enjoy the show!



Togo to pull out from the African Cup of Nations due to terror attack

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

That Togo decided to pull out from the African Cup of Nations was expected after the terror attack on the team bus that killed three people. Adebayor is on the way back to England to join Manchester City, and who can blame him and his team-mates? When you have seen friends die at close range, football is of course of no importance anymore. The organizers in Angola guarantees the players safety and the tournament will go on, minus Togo, and Angola’s first match against Mali on Sunday will hopefully be remembered and talked about for the right reasons going forward.


I hope Drogba, Eto’o, Kanoute and the Toure brothers, among others, silence the terror with some beautiful football in Angola the coming weeks. And I hope the shaken players in Togo will heal and come back next time. In many ways football can be a great unifier and source of joy, on any level and on any place on the planet. We will do our best to entertain, with plenty of odds, live betting and the best tips from Roger Milla. Good luck with your bets.


This Saturday was not easy with both Arsenal and Manchester United drawing. And while I write this in front of the telly I see Maccarone, of all players, score 3-2 for Siena away at Inter. That is also the beauty of football, in a way.


African Cup of Nations in danger of collapse after Togo gun attack

Friday, January 8th, 2010

So there I was sitting relaxed in the sofa, the Christmas tree still glowing, chilling and looking ahead to the weekend, when the harsh reality crashed through the door from Angola. The bus carrying Togo’s football team was attacked by gunmen who killed the driver and injured six other passengers, including two players.


The terror attack on the Togo football squad spread during the evening and right now I am watching Sky News reporting about the football chaos in Angola. The attack happened in the oil-rich area of Cabinda which separates Angola from the Republic of Congo and has been ridden by a long-running independence battle for decades, and rebel group Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC) was behind the attack, according to reports. But the big picture is still a bit unclear. We should know more soon. You can argue why the organizers put seven matches in the Cabinda area, but the truth is you can never totally protect yourself from fanatics and mad-men if you are unlucky.


So what now? I have no clue, to be honest. But should society give in to terror? Of course not. My best guess is that the matches scheduled for the Cabinda region will be rescheduled and that all safety measurements will be strengthened and taken into consideration to guarantue players safety, in order to go ahead with a tournament schedule even with 15 teams in it.


I feel a bit sad. For Togo, for Angola, for South Africa, which World Cup Finals will be questioned again. We have suspended all bets until Saturday morning waiting for the organizers statement. I hope to talk more about football next time.



Roger Milla eyes a draw in the first match in the African Cup of Nations

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Roger Milla delivered his first tips on the African Cup of Nations on Thursday evening; he had a good reason to be a bit late since he was in a meeting with Paul Biya, the president of Cameroon, almost until midnight. Some say that Milla would win with a land-slide if he ever could run for president in Cameroon, but he probably would do better as president of the African Football Association.


Milla goes for a draw in the first match in the tournament, when hosts Angola is challenged by Mali, and we are seeing a lot of bets on Angola, but those who backs Mali might get it right at the end. The odds, 3.10, have value with players like Kanoute, Keita, Diarra and Sidibe in Mali, and we can expect a thrilling encounter. The group phase kicks-off big time on Monday when Milla predicts that giants Ivory Coast and Ghana will win, and Nigeria as well. Maybe Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria are the treble of the day on Monday? Check Roger Milla’s tips here.



Algeria faces Malawi in their first game. The head of referee comes from… Malawi!

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Now it starts for real in Angola. The Africa Cup of Nations kicks off this Sunday and we have picked 3 matches in the first leg. Roger Milla back the favourites and Algeria should obviously beat Malawi, however interesting enough, the head of referee happens to come from… Malawi.



Can you dance like Roger Milla?

Friday, January 8th, 2010

As a Swede – yes, the land of Abba, Zlatan and good old Sven among others – I have not too many fond memories of the World Cup 1990. To be frank, it can be summarized like this: 1-2, 1-2… and 1-2. Tough marching order, hey? Sweden lost all three group matches with 1-2, against, Brazil, Scotland – and Costa Rica. It was the humiliating loss to Costa Rica that killed the promising career of then Sweden manager Olle Nordin. He looked a bit like Errol Flynn. And after Italia 90 he grew a beard, so did some of the players that failed.


Well, some have brighter memories from this World Cup. Like Roger Milla, the Cameroonian who was talked into doing a comeback by the President (!) of Cameroon and stormed onto the scene as a 38 year old with legs like a teenager on the first summer-day of the year.


Milla came on as a super-sub and scored four goals in Italy. Cameroon made it into the quarter-final as the first African side ever where they lost to England after extra-time. Four years later, Milla was back and became the oldest player ever to score in a World Cup at the age of 42. I still remember Milla’s dance at the corner-post when he scored his goals. And his big smile.


It feels great to have him onboard as our tipster during the African Cup of Nations 2010. Don’t miss his tips each match-day in Angola and RSVP to the African Cup of Nations facebook event.


You probably can’t dance like Milla, but maybe you enjoy betting like him?



I put my small stake on Egypt’s Mohammed Zidan at a massive 29 times the money

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Not to long ago, the African Cup of Nations was the tournament that few cared about outside Africa, but in recent years the picture has changed dramatically. Back in 1957, when the first tournament was played, only three teams took part, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. Since 1998, the cup has consisted of 16 teams who qualifies for the tournament every second year. And during these years we have seen an African revolution with the matches being broadcasted by Eurosport and stars like Drogba, Kanouté and Eto´o taking a dominating role in the biggest leagues in Europe.


Today you could put up an African All Star team that would rock any boat on the planet. Not to mention Ivory Coast in itself; an outsider in this summer’s World Cup. At this moment, our own Roger Milla sits back in Cameroon and prepares his first tips in this year’s tournament.


He was the first international football star from Africa. We have seen more of his caliber the last decade, and more is to come. I have looked at our top scorer odds and could see some nice value here and there. Someone will steal the show and become king of the African Cup of Nations. But the top scorer might be found somewhere else. Take a good look at the draw. If you feel that a player could nick a few goals early in the tournament it could pave the way for him to become top scorer. Like David Villa in Euro 2008, after his three goals for Spain in the first match against Russia.


Here are our odds – who do you pick? I think I put my small stake on Egypt’s Mohammed Zidan at a massive 29 times the money. A decent goal scorer in a team that has something to prove after missing out on the World Cup, and there are chances to score some goals against Benin and Mozambique. Mido is left out of the squad and Zaki is injured, so Zidan will get space. Zidan scored two goals against Brazil in the Confederations Cup last summer so why not? Bring it on. Milla is on the way.



African Cup of Nations 2010 kicks off in Angola

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

African Cup of Nations sees Didier Drogba’s Ivory Coast as favorite with Cameroon, Nigeria, Egypt and Ghana as main challengers. We offer 8.50 in odds on Ghana as tournament winners and Richard Sheridan and Dan Vikman eyes three exciting weeks in Angola.