THU 14 SEPTEMBER 2017, 18:00 , CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

2 Ghana
VS
0 Guinea

Hosts Ghana geared for Guinea challenge

Hosts Ghana geared for Guinea challenge
Nuhu Musah of Ghana challenged by Jobe Pa Omar of Gambia during 2017 Ghana WAFU Cup of Nations match between Ghana v Gambia at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 09 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 15:00

2017 WAFU Cup of Nations hosts Ghana will look to get their group stage campaign off to a flying start when they take on Guinea at the Nduom Sports Stadium in Elmina, kick-off at 18h00 local time.

The Black Stars only just squeezed through to the last eight on home soil, as they needed a last-gasp penalty from Vincent Antigah to beat the Gambia 1-0 in their last 16 knockout clash last weekend.

Despite the victory being somewhat unconvincing, coach Maxwell Konadu was pleased with the hosts’ showing and added that Ghana are “always slow starters in tournaments”.

Guinea also had to work hard for their place in the group phase, as they came from a goal down to beat neighbours Guinea-Bissau 2-1. Sekou Keita and Abdoulaye Camara struck for the Syli Nationale, who will be aiming to upset the hosts before turning their attention to yet more heavyweights in the shape of Nigeria and Mali.

Guinea coach Hamidou Camara emphasised that his team “deserved to win” their last 16 clash and “will be taking it one game at a time” as they progress through the demanding group stage.

Ghana and Guinea have met in 18 previous matches, according to FIFA statistics. The Black Stars have claimed nine wins - compared to just three for Syli Nationale - and outscored their opponents 25 goals to 15 in the process.

Ghana v Guinea, head-to-head

GHANA v GUINEA

Black Stars shine at WAFU Cup of Nations

Black Stars shine at WAFU Cup of Nations
Addo Felix of Ghana challenged by Sylla Ismael of Guinea during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Ghana and Guinea at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 14 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Brian Lee

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 22:15

Second half goals from Stephen Sarfo and Kwame Kizito handed Ghana a 2-0 win over Guinea in their first Group A game of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Thursday, September 14.

Ghana started really positively and created chances almost at will in the opening half, but their finishing was not at its best.

In the tenth minute Winnful Cobbina had the first real chance when he drove into the box, beating two defenders before firing narrowly over from the edge of the box.

In 19th minute Guinea manufactured their first opening when Seydouba Camara found himself in space 20-yards out, but his shot shaved the wrong side of the post.

On the half hour mark Guinea were on the attack again with Ibrahima Camara driving into the box from the left flank, but his powerful 14-yard strike hit the side-netting.

The Black Stars finished the stronger of the two sides and came within inches of taking the lead in the 39th minute when Felix Addo dribbled his way into a good area, but his stinging pile-driver struck the outside of the post.

On the stroke of half time Ghana came close again when Gideon Waja let fly from range, but again the direction was poor and the shot sailed over.

It was 0-0 at half time.

Three minutes into the second half the Black Stars took the lead when a cross from the right by Felix Addo was turned home by the chest of Stephen Sarfo from four yards out, 1-0.

Ghana thought they had doubled their lead in the 70th minute when Stephen Sarfo found the back of the net once more, but his goal was not given because the referee adjudged him to have been in an off-side position.

Seven minutes later the Black Stars did find their second goal after two substitutes combined when Razak Patrick headed a right wing cross back into the path of Kwame Kizito and he duly headed home from close range, 2-0.

In the 84th minute Guinea nearly pulled a goal back when a spectacular 30-yard free-kick from Seydouba Camara struck the woodwork and bounced away from danger.

The game filtered out after that as Ghana cruised to a comfortable win after an impressive performance.

Ghana (0) 2 (Stephen Safro 48’, Kizito 77’)
Guinea (0) 0

Teams

Ghana coach: Maxwell Konadu

Ghana: 1. J Addo, 2. Frimpong, 12. S. Safro, 5. Atingah, 6. Abbey, 9. I Addo (17. Patrick 64’), 18. Lomotey, 7. Twum, 10. Cobbina, 8. Waja (14. Adams 91’), 15. K Safro (13. Kizito 72’).

Guinea coach: Hamidou Camara

Guinea: 1. A Sylla, 2. A Camara, 4. N Camara, 5. Conde, 3. I Sylla, 17. Bangoura (12. N’Diaye 52’), 8. A Camara, 13. Jean (18. Diallo 75’), 10. S Camara, 11. Keita (7. Sory Camara 63’), 9 I Camara.

Starting Lineup

Ghana : Joseph Addo, Vincent Adaeh Antigah, Amos Frimpong, Kwadwo Stephen Sarfo, Thomas Abbey, Gideon Waja, Felix Addo, Isaac Twumasi, Cobbinah Winful Essuah, Samuel Sarfo, Addoquye Emmenuel Lomotey

Guinea : Daouda Bangoura, Moussa Kenedy Keita, Abdoulaye Camara, Ibrahima Kassor Camara, Ismael Sylla, Abdoulaye Sylla, Jean Mouste, Alseny Camara, Saidouba Bissiry Camara, Ibrahima Aminata Conde, Abdoulaye Naby Camara

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
23' Ismael Sylla (Guinea) is cautioned.
45 + 1' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
48' Kwadwo Stephen Sarfo (Ghana) scores!
52' Guinea: Mohamed Ndiaye replaces Daouda Bangoura
63' Guinea: Ibrahima Sory Camara replaces Moussa Kenedy Keita
64' Ghana: Razak Patrick replaces Felix Addo
72' Ghana: Kwame Kizito replaces Kwadwo Stephen Sarfo
75' Guinea: Mamoudou Bailo Diallo replaces Jean Mouste
77' Kwame Kizito (Ghana) scores!
90 + 1' Ghana: Ahmed Adams replaces Gideon Waja
90 + 3' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
GHANA GOALS GUINEA GOALS
15. Kwadwo Stephen Sarfo (48')
13. Kwame Kizito (77')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
GHANA STARTING LINEUP GUINEA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Midfielder
9
Defender
0
Midfielder
1
Defender
90 + 1'
8
Midfielder
0
Defender
48'
72'
15
Midfielder
52'
17
Defender
6
0
Midfielder
23'
15
10
Midfielder
75'
19
Midfielder
64'
9
Midfielder
63'
0
Midfielder
7
10
Midfielder
12
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
18
Forward/Striker
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Razak Patrick
Defender
64'
17
Mohamed Ndiaye
Midfielder
52'
18
Kwame Kizito
Midfielder
72'
13
Ibrahima Sory Camara
Forward/Striker
63'
0
Ahmed Adams
Defender
90 + 1'
14
Mamoudou Bailo Diallo
Forward/Striker
75'
0
CARDS
Ismael Sylla
Midfielder
23'
15
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury