• Monday, 30 January 2012

    ACN Day 9: Group A Finale

    So Sunday saw Group A play their final games and both kicked off at the same time with Zambia and Libya both going for second place behind Equatorial Guinea. Libya faced hapless Senegal and Zambia faced the already-qualified hosts.

    Libya started brightly against Senegal and took the lead after four minutes with a strike from Ihab Albusaifi but just five minutes later Senegal pulled back with a goal from Deme Ndiaye who headed in a corner. As half time came it remained 1-1 with the game involving 'the freedom fighters' and 0-0
    in the game with the co-hosts.

    Both games saw nervy starts to the second half then a goal came half an hour in as Zambia took the lead against Equatorial Guinea with Chris Katongo firing in a low shot from the edge of the area, now this gets interesting as Zambia take the second spot in the group if it stays like this.

    With a few minutes of normal time left in both games Albusaifi scores again for Libya to make it 2-1. This now meant they needed co-hosts Equatorial Guinea to help them out by scoring twice against
    Zambia to help them qualify.

    However it was all in vain as Zambia beat the co-hosts 1-0 to seal their place in the quarter-finals. Sadness for Libya though but the shock of this group has to be how bad Senegal have been, pointless in too many ways.

    Equatorial Guinea will face the Group B winners and Zambia with face either
    Angola or Sudan in the last eight.

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