SENEGAL and Guinea drew 0-0 in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group B match at the Kouekong Stadium in Cameroon on Friday afternoon, in what is good news to Zimbabwe Warriors who are set to clash with Malawi.
As a result, Guinea and Senegal remained at the top and second respectively on the group standings – level on points with the two teams scheduled to play their last group games on Tuesday.
Zimbabwe, on the basement with 0 points just like Malawi, have a chance to get close to the group leaders if they pick maximum points tonight.
Kick-off is at 6pm Zimbabwe time.
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′).
Meanwhile, Warriors coach Norman Mapeza has named his starting XI to face the Flames of Malawi in a crucial AFCON 2021 Group B clash this evening.
The two teams lock horns in an encounter at the Kouekong Stadium, a match that has been dubbed the SADC derby.
Below is the team selected by former Warriors captain Mapeza:
- Petros Mhari,
- Takudzwa Chimwemwe,
- Teenage Hadebe,
- Gerald Takwara,
- Bruce Kangwa,
- Onismor Bhasera,
- Kelvin Madzongwe,
- Ishmael Wadi,
- Knowledge Musona,
- Kundai Benyu,
- Tino Kadewere.
Neither the Warriors nor the Flames have made it beyond the group stages before, with Malawi failing in two previous attempts (1984 and 2010) and Zimbabwe on four occasions (2004, 2006, 2017, 2019).
This will be the 13th meeting between the two nations. The Flames have come out on top just twice compared to seven victories for the Warriors, tipping the scales in tonight’s clash in favour of Mapeza’s troops.
Their last clash was in the COSAFA Cup last year which finished in a 2-2 draw.
- Additional reporting by HourlyHits.