MATCH CENTRE

MON 18 SEPTEMBER 2017, 18:00, NDOUM STADIUM

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Guinea, Mali exit WAFU after 1-1 draw

by Graeme Jackson

Mon September 18, 21:57

Guinea and Mali both exited the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations after playing to a 1-1 draw in their final group stage match at Nduom Sports Stadium in Elmina on Monday evening.

With Nigeria having beaten Ghana in a concurrent Group A match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium to join the hosts in the semifinals, the result between the Syli Nationale and the Eagles was nothing more than academic.

Guinea started the stronger of the two teams and claimed the lead in the seventh minute through Abdoulaye Naby Camara , who netted from close range after some poor defending by the Eagles.

Mali responded strongly to going behind and mounted some promising attacks, yet it was the Syli Nationale who should have added to the score line in the 22nd minute when Abdoulaye met a cross from Diallo Bailo, only to send his header wide.

Two minutes later Guinea’s Camara Kassory sent a fierce shot on target, only to be denied by a sharp save from Diarra Djigui, while on 34 minutes Abdoulaye again failed to hit the target from a good opportunity.

Mali created the final chance of the half a couple of minutes before the end of regulation time, but Mandala Konte saw his effort kept out by Guinea goalkeeper Abdoulaye Sylla.

The Eagles picked up in the second half where they left off in the first, though both Oumar Kida and Issaka Samake were unable to capitalise on chances in the opening minutes.

Guinea weathered a storm from their opponents before almost adding to their advantage just past the hour mark, as Mohammed N’Diaye put his shot just wide of the target.

Mali finally found their equaliser in the 78th minute, forcing Guinea defender Abdoulaye Naby Camara to put into his own net and bring the score to 1-1.

The draw saw the Eagles finish third with two points and a goal difference of minus one, while Guinea were last with the same tally but an inferior goal difference of minus two.

Guinea (1) 1 (Abdoulaye Naby Camara 7’)
Mali (0) 1 (Abdoulaye Naby Camara 78’ og)

Guinea coach: Hamidou Camara

Guinea: 1. A Sylla, 2. C Alseny, 5. C Aminata, 4. C Naby, 6. C Moussa, 3. I Sylla, 8. C Abdoulaye, 10. C Seydouba (7. C Sory 26’ [11. K Keita 90+1’]), 12. M Ndiaye (13. J Mouste 84’’), 9. C Kassory, 18. D Bailo

Mali coach: Nouhoum Diane

Mali: 16. D Djigui, 3. B Koffi, 4. S Boubacar, 6. M Konte, 13. I Samake, 14. L Samake, 11. M Kone (7. A Malle 58’), 8. C Moussa, 17. M Traore, 9. O Kida (12. M Balo 69’), 18. A Dieng (2. EH Salime Bah 38’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE NDOUM STADIUM
GUINEA GOALS MALI GOALS
8. Abdoulaye Camara (7') 4. Abdoulaye Naby Camara (78') (OG)
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 3
GUINEA STARTING LINEUP MALI STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
16
Midfielder
7'
8
Defender
73'
13
Midfielder
2
Defender
8
Midfielder
71'
9
Midfielder
38'
18
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
84'
12
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
26'
10
Midfielder
6
Forward/Striker
78'
4
Midfielder
58'
11
Forward/Striker
5
Midfielder
61'
69'
9
Forward/Striker
18
Forward/Striker
17
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ibrahima Sory Camara
Forward/Striker
26'
7
Salime El Hadji Bah
Midfielder
38'
0
Jean Mouste
Midfielder
84'
19
Amara Malle
Midfielder
58'
0
Moussa Kenedy Keita
Midfielder
90 + 1'
0
Mousa Balo
Midfielder
69'
0
CARDS
Ibrahima Kassor Camara
Midfielder
71'
9
Mousa Balo
Midfielder
54'
0
Oumar Kida
Midfielder
61'
9
Issaka Samake
Defender
73'
13
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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