Frederic Kanoute scored with a penalty as Mali's Eagles laboured to a 1-0 victory against Benin in the African Nations Cup on Thursday. Mali now share the lead with Ivory Coast in Group B.
SEKONDI, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Frederic Kanoute scored with a
penalty as Mali laboured to a 1-0 victory against Benin in the
African Nations Cup on Monday.
The Sevilla striker was brought down by defender Alain
Gaspoz and converted the penalty on 49 minutes in a Group B game
that started 12 minutes later due to a power failure at
Sekondi's brand new stadium.
Mali's Eagles share the lead in Group B with Ivory Coast
after Salomon Kalou gave the Elephants a 1-0 win against Nigeria
earlier on Monday.
The Squirrels banked on solid defending to reach the
interval safely, while Mali enjoyed most of the possession but
failed to trouble their opponents, with Kanoute cut off from the
rest of his team up front.
However, Benin's hopes of earning their first point in their
second appearance in the tournament were squashed four minutes
into the second half with the penalty.
Benin coach Reinhard Fabisch added fresh blood to his front
line by replacing Jocelyn Ahoueya with Wassiou Oladipikpo eight
minutes from time and Stephane Sessegnon, who had come on for
Jonas Oketola, blew two clear chances from close range in the
Floodlights failed minutes before kickoff as dignitaries led
by Ghana vice-president Aliu Mahama were greeting the players.
The two teams completed their pre-match formalities in the
dark and the match finally got under way 12 minutes late when
the lights came back on.
Date created : 2008-01-21