Africa Cup of Nations: Reports and fixtures

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Mali have made an official complaint to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) over Monday's 0-0 draw between Angola and Algeria, a result which knocked them out of the Africa Cup of Nations. The general secretary of the Mali foundation, Boubacar Thiam, claimed the second half of the match in Luanda broke the "fair play" policy. Mali missed out on the quarter-finals despite beating Malawi 3-1 in their final Group A game, the goalless draw between hosts Angola and Algeria meaning both those teams qualified.

"We vehemently protest against the behaviour of the Algerian and Angolan teams," Thiam said. "The second half looked hardly contested, with both teams refusing to play and trying to keep the 0-0 scoreline that would qualify them both. This behaviour goes against ethics and fair play advocated by Fifa and CAF. It must be condemned with the greatest energy. It does not honour African football."

Yesterday

Burkina Faso 0 Ghana 1

Ghana gained the victory they needed in Luanda to reach the quarter-finals. Dede Ayew, son of former great Abedi Pele, headed the only goal of the game for the Black Stars on the half-hour.

Today

Egypt v Benin, Nigeria v Mozambiqe (Group C, 4pm, Eurosport)

Nigeria can join holders Egypt in the last eight if they avoid defeat in Lubango. Benin's hopes of qualification rest on them beating Egypt while bettering Mozambique's score. The Mambas must beat Nigeria and hope for an Egypt victory.

Today's fixtures: Group C: Egypt v Benin, Nigeria v Mozambique (both 4pm, Eurosport)

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