Ghana to face Guinea

Ghana to face Guinea

Ghana to face Guinea

GUINEA will meet Ghana for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals, after lots were drawn to determine whether they or Mali would progress from the group.

The two sides played out a 1-1 stalemate on Wednesday after having each drawn their previous two games in the group, meaning their fates had to be determined by a random draw.

Guinea were the successful side in the proceedings run by the AFCON Organising Committee in Malabo on Thursday, meaning they advance behind Group D winners Cote d’Ivoire.

They will now meet Ghana in the last eight.

The unusual step to deciding who qualified for the knockouts had to be taken after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw left both Guinea and Mali with identical records overall in Group D. Cote d’Ivoire’s 1-0 win over Cameroon prevented all four sides from having to take part in the draw.

Both head coaches had spoken before the proceedings on Thursday, of the need to amend the rules in order to establish a fairer way of deciding such an outcome in future.

“We must find a more sporting way, fairer. This does not correspond to a sporting spirit,” said Mali boss Henri Kasperczak, while Michel Dussuyer added: “Mali do not deserve to be eliminated in this way, just as we do not.”

“Mali didn’t lose a game – they played very well in the tournament.”

Guinea star Ibrahima Traore, meanwhile, believes the matter could have been decided with a penalty shoot-out following Wednesday’s game.

“It’s not fair for both teams – I don’t make the rules but we could do it on penalty kicks or extra time,” he said.

“The team who deserve to win would do it on the pitch.”

But according to CAF rules, in pursuant to Article 74 of the regulations of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, a random draw will be conducted to determine the second place team in Group B, between Mali and Guinea.

The draw will take place during the meeting of the Organising Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday, January 29 2015 at 16.00 local time at the Hilton Malabo.

There will be two balls with position two (2) and position three (3), and the representatives of the two teams will pick a ball from the pot. The one who picks position two (2) qualifies for the quarter final.

From Times Sports Desk

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