Champions Ghana sent packing by minnows as Morocco, Senegal top groups


Comoros humiliated Ghana with a 3-2 win in their Group C clash in Garoua in one of the competition’s biggest surprises so far.

Champions Ghana sent packing by minnows as Morocco, Senegal top groups

Four-time champions Ghana were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday in a stunning upset, while Morocco and Senegal won their respective groups but without backing up their status as pre-tournament favourites.

Senegal finished top of Group B earlier on Tuesday, ahead of Guinea, but it was after yet another unconvincing performance despite the return from COVID-19 quarantine of captain Kalidou Koulibaly and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

They were fortunate not to concede a penalty in a 0-0 draw with unfancied Malawi on Tuesday and have still only scored one goal – a stoppage time penalty by Sadio Mane – after three games.

Malawi were left fuming when Cameroon referee Blaise Ngwa cancelled a late penalty he initially awarded them in Bafoussam, after Gomezgani Chirwa was brought down in the box by defender Bouna Sarr.

The decision was overturned on review, but Senegal can regard themselves as fortunate as there was both a pull of the shirt and contact.

Malawi’s president Lazarus Chakwera had offered each of those who played against Senegal a payment of 1 million Kwacha ($1,223) if the team advanced to the second round, which they look almost certain to do despite finishing third in the group.

Guinea came second – on a head-to-head count back against Malawi – despite losing 2-1 to Zimbabwe, who had already been eliminated.

Naby Keita pulled one back for Guinea after Zimbabwe had led 2-0 at half-time In Yaounde but was booked late in the game and will be suspended from their second round clash next week.

On Wednesday, Group D is concluded with Nigeria already having taken top place. They play Guinea Bissau in Garoua while Egypt will be looking for a much improved performance against Sudan to take second place.


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