July 5, 2022

CHAN 2020: Guinea eliminates Rwanda, book semi-final date with Mali

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Guinea players celebrate their winner against Rwanda | Courtesy photo

By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde – Nigeria

Guinea reached their first semi-final at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) since 2016 after eliminating Rwanda 1-0 at the Stade Omnisports, Limbe, on Sunday.

The Syli Nationale started the game in their usual fashion with the possessive style of play which gave the Rwandans paltry ball possession.

But Rwanda almost took the lead against the run of play but Emmanuel Imanishimwe’s cross from the left flank in the ninth minute was headed over the bar by the captain, Jacques Tuyisenge.

Guinea was dealt another blow in the 14th minute as Kante Mory was sent for an early shower for a nasty challenge on Tuyisenge.

Tuyisenge was stretchered off the pitch following the foul with Ernest Sugira replacing him afterwards.

The incident also marked history as the Video Assistant Referee was used for the first time in the tournament as referee Mostafa Akarkad from Morocco consulted the side pitch monitor before taking his final decision.

Despite going a man down, the Guineans regained their momentum and dominated the possession with the ten men cushioning their numerical disadvantage.

In the 50th minute, Rwanda goalkeeper, Olivier Kwizera also saw red for a foul on Guinean forward Yakhouba Barry.

Following another lengthy VAR review, referee Mostafa Akarkad overturned his earlier yellow card decision to show the goalkeeper red.

Guinea took the lead from the resulting free-kick which was expertly slotted into the top right corner of the net by Morlaye Sylla in the 57th minute to give Guinea the lead.

In the 65th minute, Olivier Niyonzima’s header hit the crossbar for what should have been the equalising goal for Rwanda.

Guinea will now face the Eagles of Mali in the semi-final for a chance to make it to the final of the tournament on Wednesday.

The other semi-final clash will be played on the same day between hosts Cameroon and title holders Morocco at the Limbe Stadium.

The winners of Wednesday’s matches will clash in the final at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Saturday.

The losers will play in the third-place playoff at the Reunification Stadium in Douala on Friday.

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