Wednesday, January 25, 2017

African Nations Cup: Pharoahs Join Black Stars In Quarterfinals As Group Stage Ends

Group stage came to a conclusion in the African Nations Cup on Wednesday with two Group D games contested in Gabon.

At Port-Gentil:

Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the match in the 11th minute as Egypt defeated Ghana 1-0 as both teams will be playing in the quarterfinal round.

At Oyem:

Yves Bissouma's equalizer in the 73rd minute to carry Mali to a 1-1 draw with Uganda in what was the tournament finale for both squads.  Farouk Miya scored for the Cranes in the 70th minute.

Final Group D Standings:

1. Egypt (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 7)
2. Ghana (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 6)
3. Mali (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 2)
4. Uganda (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 1)

Egypt and Ghana advanced to the quarterfinal round.

The quarterfinal round will open on Saturday with two games.  Burkina Faso will take on Tunisia in Libreville, then Senegal will face Cameroon in Franceville.

On Sunday, the Democratic Republic of the Congo will battle Ghana in Oyem.  Then, in Port-Gentil, Egypt will go up against Morocco.

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