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Senegal's Afcon elimination confirmed

16/10/2012

Magaye Gueye will not be in South Africa in January for the Africa Cup of Nations after the Confederation of African Football awarded Saturday's second leg playoff qualifier to Ivory Coast. The match had to be abandoned with Senegal down 2-0 when their supporters rioted in the stands.

Didier Drogba's goal that apparently sparked the crowd trouble made it 6-2 on aggregate with a little over 15 minutes to play so CAF's decision to call the result a 2-0 victory to the Ivorians had little bearing on the result over two legs.

Senegal will likely be punished by having to play some of their future qualifying matches on neutral turf and might have been disqualified from the Afcon finals next year anyway.

Gueye represented Senegal at the Olympic Games in London this past summer and was hopeful of winning a place in his country's squad in South Africa.

Another of Everton's potential Afcon representative, Steven Pienaar, recently announced his decision to retire from international football so he, too, will be available to David Moyes in January.

Quotes or other material sourced from CNN

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Keith Glazzard
889 Posted 17/10/2012 at 18:34:43
Believe me please, I sincerely hope the lad proves me wrong and becomes a megastar in the royal blue, but M Gueye has never convinced me that he is taking the first steps on that path. I can only presume that DM and co see things at Finch Farm which I have never seen at GP, and I think I've seen all of his games there. I hate being negative about EFC players, but I wasn't sorry to see Rodwell go. I couldn't see what he brought to the table, and I feel the same way about Gueye.

Maybe its a shame that Senegal have been eliminated as the experience in SA could have been good for him. Or he might have been tapped up.

Ian Bennett
911 Posted 18/10/2012 at 06:57:31
Good news for Newcastle with ba and cisse.

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