CONCLUSION 1-Football-Morocco reaches the round of 16, Ghana hopes in peril at the Nations Cup

Morocco have booked a place in the round of 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations while Gabon, Guinea and Senegal are also likely to qualify, but four-time champions Ghana are in danger of being eliminated soon after the four Friday matches at the tournament in Cameroon.

Morocco beat Comoros Islands nL1N2TU203 2-0 for a second win and top spot in Group C with six points, followed by Gabon with four after scoring a late equalizer to hold Ghana 1-1 nL1N2TU2PX in the second match in Yaounde. Jim Allevinah’s 88th-minute strike is almost certain to see Gabon through, if not as one of the top two in the group, but as one of the best four thirds in the six groups.

But Ghana are in one point danger and must beat Comoros in their final group game in Garoua on Tuesday to have any chance of advancing as they seek their first title in 40 years. The match ended in a disreputable punch after being littered with insignificant fouls with Ghana’s Benjamin Tetteh sent off for a savage punch thrown in the post-match fracas.

Gabon’s point was wildly celebrated by their side and made even sweeter by the refusal of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) before the game to let their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang participate, even though he was training in the day before the shock after being released. of the COVID-19 quarantine. “According to the CAF Medical Committee, players Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Axel Meye and Mario Lemina, who have just come out of COVID isolation, cannot take part in this match. Medical examinations show heart damage and CAF did not want to take any risks,” the Gabonese Football Federation tweeted https://twitter.com/fegafoot_gabon/status/1482058220382429187?s=20.

GUEYE SUSPENDED Earlier in Bafoussam, Guinea and Senegal played out a nL1N2TU1HD 0-0 draw to stay neck and neck at the top of Group B with four points.

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse later said he had to remove midfielder Papa Gueye from the starting line-up on FIFA’s orders. “Pape Gueye had an administrative problem just before the match kicked off. Five minutes before, we were informed that FIFA had suspended him for a transfer between his club, Marseille, and Watford,” Cisse told reporters.

“His lawyer informed us this morning around 11 a.m., but just before the game we had confirmation. That’s why we took him off the team sheet.” Senegal were already without 10 players in the COVID-19 lockdown and their depleted resources resulted in a disappointing performance.

Frank Mhango scored twice as Malawi came from behind to beat Zimbabwe 2-1 nL1N2TU1ZP in the other Group B game and also lined up for a place in the last 16. On Saturday, Nigeria take on Sudan and Egypt take on Guinea Bissau in Group D in Garoua.

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