Ghana looks to quarters at Cup of Nations
FRANCEVILLE, Gabon - The Associated Press
Ghana’s Annan, Agyemang-Badu and Inkoom celebrate after beating Mali in their African Nations Cup match.On the verge of the quarterfinals at the African Cup of Nations, Ghana’s one remaining obstacle in Group D is a Guinea team which is desperate to reach the knockout stage.
Victories over Botswana and Mali have put Ghana within a point of being certain of qualifying as group winner, while Guinea and Mali - who are equal on three points - both have a chance of going through.
With Mali expected to beat Botswana in the other Group D match, Guinea knows it likely has to pull off a shock against Ghana at Stade de Franceville tonight to have a chance.
A win for the Guineans along with the predicted victory for Mali would land all three teams on six points and bring goal difference into the equation to decide the quarterfinalists.
Ghana’s work is not done yet and maybe the African Cup has one more surprise before the quarterfinals. “Against Ghana it will be like a final,” Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer said. Ghana has no choice but to be wary of a Guinea team that hammered Botswana 6-1 - when the Ghanaians could only scrape a 1-0 victory over the group outsiders.