Moriba Kourouma of Guinea fouls Saliou Ciss of Senegal during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals football match between Senegal and Guinea at Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam, Cameroon on 14 January 2022 ©Shaun Roy/BackpagePix
Friday Jan 14, 2022. 17:20
The National Elephants started the match brightly with their captain and star midfielder Naby Keita having stamped his authority in the middle of the park.
The Guineans should have broken the deadlock in the 31st minute following a great move that was started by Keita as he carried the ball into the Lions of Teranga’s half.
Keita then step up Ilaix Moriba, who played a defence-splitting pass for Josuha Guilavogui, but somehow the VLF Wolfsburg star unleashed a tame shot which was saved by goalkeeper Seny Dieng.
This proved to be the only clear cut chance of the game in the first-half which saw Guinea neutralize Senegal’s star attackers Sadio Mane and Boulaye Dia, and the score was 0-0 at half-time.
Senegal came back an improved side following their half-time team talk with coach Aliou Cisse and they finally registered their maiden attempt on target in the game four minutes before the hour-mark.
Abdou Diallo connected with a cross from the left, but the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) defender’s headed effort was fantastically saved by keeper Aly Keita.
Aly Keita was in good form in the National Elephants’ goal-posts as he made a fine save to deny Mamadou Loum with the Lions of Teranga pushing for the opening goal.
Kaba Diawara – the Guinea coach – introduced Mory Konate with 12 minutes left on the clock as the National Elephants looked to regain control of the game and snatch a late winning goal.
However, neither side was able to create the clear-cut chances required to win the match and the encounter ended in a 0-0 draw.
Senegal: Dieng, Mbaye, P. Cisse, A.Diallo, Ciss, Kouyate, Loum, Sarr (Balde 90′), Mane, M.Thiam (Diallo 74′), Dia (Lopy 81′).
Guinea: A. Keita, Sylla, Conte, Camara, Sow, Cisse, N. Keita, Diawara (Konate 78′), Moriba (I.Conte 66′), Bayo, Guilavogui (M.Sylla 90′).