AFRICAN NATIONS CUP

Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium, Ghana

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Guinea

  • Souleymane Youla 62'

1 - 1

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Namibia

  • Brian Brendell 81'

Guinea 1-1 Namibia

Guinea secured their place in the African Nations Cup quarter-finals on Monday thanks to a 1-1 draw against Namibia - and Ghana's victory over Morocco.

• 'We can cope with Feindouno's absence' - Youla

Souleymane Youla opened the scoring for Robert Nouzaret's team just after the hour mark but they could not find a second to kill the game off and were made to pay when Brian Brendell equalised nine minutes from time.

However, hosts Ghana saw off Morocco 2-0 in Monday's other Group A encounter to ensure Guinea the runners-up spot in the pool and a third consecutive appearance in the competition's quarter-finals.

The first half was an end-to-end affair with both sides creating decent chances to break the deadlock but neither managing to find the target.

Guinea were without their inspirational captain Pascale Feindounou, who scored two goals in Thursday's 3-2 win over Morocco but was then dismissed for lashing out at an opposing player.

Even without the key midfielder, however, Syli Nationale started the brighter and could have been ahead in the first minute. Ismael Bangoura found himself in space on the edge of the six-yard box but could only slice wide.

Namibia showed their first signs of attacking intent when a cross from the right was just inches too high for Muna Katupose.

Guinea goalkeeper Kemoko Camara then had a lucky escape when he flapped at a cross but was rescued by his defence.

In the 27th minute, Camara again misjudged the flight of the ball but got away with it as no Namibia player was on hand to capitalise.

The Brave Warriors then fashioned an excellent chance to open the scoring when Collin Benjamin burst through on the left-hand side of area. The Hamburg midfielder had time to set himself before opting for a right-footed shot which only found the side-netting.

Guinea caught Namibia napping in the 38th minute and found themselves with a three-on-one situation. Fode Mansare broke through the middle and fed Youla, who curled a right-footed effort just wide.

The biggest cheer of the first 45 minutes came just before the half-time whistle when the Guinea fans heard news of Ghana's second goal against Morocco.

Namibia appeared to tire in the early stages of the second half and started to carelessly concede possession.

Guinea capitalised on that in the 62nd minute when Strasbourg midfielder Mamadou Bah played a neat through-ball down the right channel to Youla, who slotted into the bottom-left corner.

The Guineans seemed to content to settle for a 1-0 scoreline, though, and paid the price in the 81st minute when Brendell stunned them with the leveller.

Brendell skipped past Omar Kalabane and Bobo Balde before bobbling a left-footed shot into bottom-right corner.

He was cautioned for pulling his shirt over his head in celebration but will care not a jot about that after netting his and his side's second goal of the tournament.

  • 'We can cope with Feindouno's absence' - Youla

    Playing without suspended

    captain Pascal Feindouno is not easy but Guinea can still reach

    the African Nations Cup semi-finals, striker Souleymane Youla

    said on Monday.

    Feindouno was banned for two matches by the Confederation of

    African Football (CAF) for violent conduct during Guinea's 3-2

    win over Morocco last week.

    He missed Guinea's 1-1 draw with Namibia on Tuesday and will

    also be suspended for the quarter-final, probably against

    favourites Ivory Coast, in Sekondi on Sunday.

    'He is a very important player in our system,' said Youla,

    who netted Guinea's goal on 62 minutes at the Essipon stadium.

    Feindouno scored two goals and set up another in the Syli

    Nationale's victory over Morocco before being shown a straight

    red card for stamping on an opponent in the 67th minute.

    'I am more at ease when Pascal is playing behind me,' said

    Youla.

    'All the balls go through him, so of course we miss him but

    we can deal with it.'

    Guinea struggled to play one-touch football and wasted

    numerous chances before letting Namibia come back into the game.

    However, coach Robert Nouzaret said: 'It's the best game

    we've played so far in the competition. It is just a pity that

    we let them score.'

    Namibia, who were playing in only their second Nations Cup

    after qualifying for the tournament in Burkina Faso in 1998, are

    eliminated but put up a real fight before bowing out.

    They were thrashed 5-1 in their opener against Morocco but

    were only edged 1-0 by hosts Ghana last Thursday.

    Captain Michael Pienaar said Namibia could leave Ghana with

    their heads held high.

    'We have learnt from our mistakes,' he said. 'Now we need

    stability. We need to keep the team and the staff to look

    ahead.'

    The president of the Namibian Football Association said on

    Saturday players had been approached and offered money to lose

    the game against Guinea.

    'Something needs to be clear: no player here would accept

    money to fix a game,' said Pienaar.