Morocco booked a spot within the closing 16 of the Africa Cup of International locations whilst Gabon, Guinea and Senegal also are most probably thru however four-time champions Ghana are in peril of early removal after Friday’s 4 fits on the event in Cameroon.
Morocco beat the Comoros Islands 2-0 for a 2d win and most sensible position in Staff C on six issues adopted by way of Gabon on 4 when they scored a overdue equaliser to carry Ghana 1-1 in the second one sport performed in Yaounde.
Jim Allevinah’s 88th minute strike is nearly certain to peer Gabon thru, if now not as probably the most most sensible two within the staff then as probably the most 4 highest third-placed finishers within the six teams.
However Ghana are in peril on one level and should beat Comoros of their ultimate staff sport in Garoua on Tuesday to face any likelihood of advancing as they search their first identify in 40 years.
The tournament led to an unsavoury punch-up after being affected by niggling fouls with Ghana’s Benjamin Tetteh despatched off for a wild punch thrown within the post-match fracas.
Gabon’s level was once wildly celebrated by way of their camp and made even sweeter by way of the Confederation of African Soccer’s (CAF)refusal ahead of the tournament to let their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang participate, despite the fact that he was once coaching at the eve of the conflict after being launched from COVID-19 quarantine.
“Consistent with the CAF scientific fee, the gamers Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Axel Meye and Mario Lemina, slightly out of COVID isolation, can not participate on this tournament. Clinical examinations display cardiac lesions and CAF didn’t need to take any dangers,” the Gabon Soccer Federation tweeted.
Previous in Bafoussam, Guinea and Senegal performed out a 0-0 draw nL1N2TU1HD to stick neck-and-neck on the most sensible of Staff B on 4 issues.
Senegal trainer Aliou Cisse mentioned afterwards he had to take away midfielder Papa Gueye from the beginning lineup on FIFA orders.
“Pape Gueye had an administrative drawback simply ahead of the tournament kicked off. 5 mins ahead of, we had been notified that FIFA suspended him over a switch between his membership, Marseille, and Watford,” Cisse advised newshounds.
“His attorney knowledgeable us this morning round 11 am, however simply ahead of the assembly we had the affirmation. That’s why we got rid of him from the tournament sheet.”
Senegal had been already with out 10 gamers in COVID-19 isolation and their depleted sources confirmed in an underwhelming efficiency.
Frank Mhango scored two times as Malawi got here from at the back of to overcome Zimbabwe 2-1 nL1N2TU1ZP within the different Staff B sport and likewise put themselves in line for a spot within the closing 16.
On Saturday, Nigeria tackle Sudan and Egypt face Guinea Bissau in Staff D in Garoua.