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May 26, 2022

AFCON 2021: Guinea can confirm knockout place with Zimbabwe win

By Guest Writer
Guinea players join captain Naby Keita to celebrate a goal | Courtesy photo

 By Hermann Peter Mweguye

Within touching distance of a place in the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations, Guinea squares off against Zimbabwe at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo on Tuesday. 

The National Elephants remain joint-top in Group B alongside their most recent opponents Senegal heading into the final round of matches. A win will have them through to the knockout phase.

Guinea played out a share of the spoils in their meeting against Senegal on Friday which ended 0-0 at the Kouekong Stadium.

However, Kaba Diawara’s men were on the back foot for the majority of the contest but held firm to secure an impressive point in Bafoussam. 

Zimbabwe suffered a 2-1 defeat to Malawi in their latest encounter despite scoring first.

Norman Mapeza’s men took the lead seven minutes shy of halftime through Ishmael Wadi but a brace from Gabadinho Mhango turned the game on its head for Malawi.

They are currently on a run of 14 games without a victory, the South Africans head into Tuesday’s clash with the Elephants set out to salvage their first AFCON win. 

Guinea boasts a superior record in the history of this fixture, claiming five wins from their last 11 encounters. Zimbabwe has managed just two wins in that time, while four games have ended all square.

Having recorded clean sheets in each of their last three outings, Guinea will aim to maintain their solidity at the back and use it as a platform for a positive result in this one.

Sadly for the warriors, Ishmael Wadi, goalscorer against Malawi is a major doubt for Zimbabwe after the JDR Stars midfielder came off with an injury in the final stages the last time out. 

Prince Dube could replace Tino Kadewere upfront as Mapeza seeks to reignite what was been a dysfunctional attack of late.

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