Morocco advances in African Cup; Senegal draws with Guinea

January 14, 2022

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Morocco advanced to the round of 16 of the African Cup of Nations on Friday, beating Comoros 2-0, joining host Cameroon as the only two teams guaranteed a place in the next round of the tournament. .

Morocco’s goals came through Selim Amallah early in the first half and substitute Zakaria Aboukhlal a minute before the end of the match, ensuring one of the most impressive teams to advance to the round of 16 in Cameroon.

Morocco have two wins from two games to lead Group C ahead of Friday night’s encounter between Gabon and Ghana. Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to return for Gabon after testing positive for COVID-19 at an airport on arrival in Cameroon and missing the win over Comoros.

For its part, the difficulties facing Senegal in the African Cup continued on Friday after a goalless draw against Guinea, although the result left both teams in good position to qualify from Group B.

The duel between Liverpool stars, Senegalese Sadio Mané and Guinean Naby Keita, never really materialized at the Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam, a city in western Cameroon.

However, Keita received a warning for committing a foul on Mané.

Mané created a good scoring opportunity for Senegal with a lunge that opened the way for Bouna Sarr to beat a defender and get in front of goal, but his shot was wide open.

Senegal began their participation in the tournament by rescuing a 1-0 win near the end against Zimbabwe, with Mané scoring from a penalty in the 97th minute. Guinea beat Malawi 1-0 in their first match of the group stage.

The draw leaves Senegal and Guinea level on four points at the top of the group.

Malawi beat Zimbabwe 2-1 later on Friday, rallying from a 1-0 deficit with a goal from Gabadinho Mhango. Malawi, competing in the African Cup for the first time since 2010 and only their third in history, gave themselves a chance to advance to the second round.

The top two teams from each of the six groups automatically qualify for the Round of 16, along with the top four third-place teams.