Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita was one of the two scorers as his nation Guinea picked a cosy 2-0 win over Rwanda in an international friendly in Kigali on Thursday.
Mohamed Lamine Bayo was the other scorer to give Guinea a morale booster before they travel to Cameroon for their Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
After 26 minutes, Bayo jumped high to meet a well-taken corner kick and beat Rwanda’s goalkeeper Pierre Ishimwe.
In the 35th minute captain Keita, who only arrived a day before, got his name on the score sheet with a well taken shot after capitalizing on a blunder by Rwanda’s defender Jean Bosco Ruboneka.
The win followed their 3-0 defeat to Cameroon three days back in what was also their preparation match.
Guinea’s head coach Kaba Diawara expressed delight at the Rwanda experience, highlighting that the team wholly benefited from the friendly.
“We are very happy with the training we have had in Rwanda in the last few days and also the match we have had,” Diawara was quoted by Cafonline.com.
The Syli Nationale are placed in Group B alongside Senegal, Zimbabwe and Malawi, with the pool the only one without a previous AFCON winner.
They will kickstart the campaign against Malawi on January 10 at the Kouekong Stadium, Bafoussam before locking horns with Senegal four days later at the same venue.
For their last game, they will take on Zimbabwe on January 18 at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde.
Guinea AFCON Squad
Goalkeepers: Aly Keita (Ostersund, Sweden), Ibrahima Kone (Hibernians, Malta), Moussa Camara (Horoya, Guinea).
Defenders: Saidou Sow (St Etienne, France), Ibrahima Conte (Niort, France), Florentin Pogba (Sochaux, France), Ousmane Kante (Paris FC, France), Mohamed Aly Camara (Young Boys, Switzerland), Pa Konate (Botev Plovdiv, Bulgaria), Issiaga Sylla (Toulouse, France), Antoine Conte (Universitatea Craiova, Romania), Mikael Dyrestam (Sarpsborg 08, Norway).
Midfielders: Amadou Diawara (Roma, Italy), Ibrahima Cisse (Seriang, Belgium), Mory Konate (Sint-Truidense, Belgium), Ibrahima Sory Conte (Bnei Sakhnin, Israel), Ilaix Moriba (RB Leipzig), Mamadou Kane (Neftci, Azerbaijan), Morlaye Sylla (Horoya, Guinea), Aguibou Camara (Olympiacos, Greece), Naby Keita (Liverpool, England).
Forwards: Seydouba Soumah (Kuwait SC, Kuwait), Morgan Guilavogui (Paris FC, France), Mamadou Diallo (Grenoble, France), Jose Kante (Kairat, Kazakhstan), Mohamed Bayo (Clermont France), Sory Kaba (OH Leuven, Belgium).
AFCON 2021 Groups
Group A: Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cape Verde
Group B: Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Malawi
Group C: Morocco, Ghana, Comoros, Gabon
Group D: Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau
Group E: Algeria, Sierra-Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire
Group F: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia, Morocco