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Ghana in, Morocco out

Latest update : 2008-01-28

Host nation Ghana have won all their group games, taking them into the quarter finals. Guinea have also qualified, but it's the end of the road for Morocco and Namibia

Guinea drew 1-1 with Namibia here Monday in a 2008 Africa Cup of Nations Group A tie to qualify for the quarter-final of the competition.
  
Naby Soumah opened scoring for Guinea in the 62nd minute when he fired past the impressive Namibia goal tender Athiel Mbaha from inside the box but Namibia drew level in the 81st minute through a low shot from outside the box by Brian Blendel. It was his second goal of the tournament.
  
Guinea thus recorded five points from three matches to join hosts Ghana, who topped the group with the maximum nine points courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Morocco, into the knockout stage of the tournament. Morocco placed third on three points.
  
The Guineans also made it to the last eight of the biennial competition two years ago in Egypt.
  
It took the Syli Nationale of Guinea about an hour before they found the back of the Namibian net. Soumah got to the end of a Dioulde Bah's through ball before he slotted home to put Guinea in front.
  
Namibia, appearing in only their second Nations Cup finals, made three changes to the starting team against Ghana while Guinea came into this decisive Group A match without their influential skipper Pascal Feinduno after his red card against Morocco.
  
Favourites Guinea pressed forward against the Brave Warriors of Namibia from the blast of the whistle. Ismael Bangoura first volleyed wide before Daouda Jabi tested Mbaha with a 30-yard shot, which the Namibia goalkeeper saved.
  
On 15 minutes, Namibia also create their own chance on the break but Muna Kaupose failed to make the most of a six-yard cross from the hard working Brian Blendel's.
  
Guinea kept going at Namibia and in the 31st minute Mamadou Dioulde Bah came close to opening scores only for Mbaha, who is clinically deaf, to deny him with a good save.
  
The Brave Warriors looked dangerous on the counter attack and almost caught out their west African foes three minutes later but Germany-based midfielder Collin Benjamin hit his shot against the side netting from a difficult angle.
  
The Namibians restored some pride when they cancelled out Soumah's 62nd minute goal nine minutes from the end through a Blendel low strike from outside the area.
  
With a little bit of luck and better finishing the lowest ranked team at the tournament would even have won this encounter as the finished the game the stronger of the two teams.

Date created : 2008-01-28

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