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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 January 2008, 21:49 GMT
Cup of Nations - as it happened

Guinea 3-2 Morocco
Ghana 1-0 Namibia


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By Russell Barder

2142: I'll be back tomorrow for the second round of games in group B.

After beating Nigeria 1-0 in their opening game, pre-tournament favourites Ivory Coast will be looking to make it two wins from two as they take on Benin in the first match.
Match preview

Mali beat Benin 1-0 in their opener and will be hoping for more of the same against Nigeria.
Match preview

Don't forget that if you want to pose a question for our studio guests here in London you can find all the information you need here:
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Thanks for all your comments and I'll see you back here at the same time tomorrow.

2130: "Credit to Namibia, they certainly fought like Brave Warriors and deserved a draw."
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2127: Despite two wins from two, the hosts aren't guarenteed a place in the quarter-finals. If they lose to Morocco and Guinea beat Namibia then all three teams will be on six points. If that's the case then who goes through comes down to goal difference.

All this confusion can be avoided however if Ghana can just get a point against Morocco. Make sense?

2126: "Six points is six points. Ghana will be ready for stiffer opposition."
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2123: "Ghana have got two champion players in midfield in Essien and Muntari, but they lack a bit of guile and quality up front."
BBC Sport pundit Efan Ekoku in London

2122: FULL TIME Ghana 1-0 Namibia

2121: The announcer duly announces that Chelsea's Michael Essien is man of the match.

2120: Hans Sarpei tests Mbaha from distance but he gets down to the swerving shot and saves well.

2117: As we go into injury time, three minutes to be precise, Ghana seem happy to settle for 1-0. Their fans are still making plenty of noise and if it stays like this then six points from the opening two games is not a bad return.

2115: "A Namibia equaliser would certainly spice up the last group games. Come on you Brave Warriors!!"
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2114: Benjamin tries his luck for Namibia again, but his shot from the edge of the area sails past the left hand post of Kingston's goal.

2109: Ayew shows us a glimpse of what he can do by taking on three Namibians, but the move eventually break down.

2104: Namibia nearly score the equaliser. The ball drops to Collin Benjamin from a corner but his shot goes agonizingly wide. We're into the final 15 minutes now and they're still in it.

2101: Doesn't seem to be much Gyan on.....
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Another joke involving a Ghanaian footballer (see 1650). How many more can you think of?

2056: Another warning for Ghana as Brendell again blazes wide after finding some space down the left. He certainly looks capable of unlocking the Black Stars defence.

2055: Brendell races through and fires wide in a rare Namibia attack. Just a reminder for the hosts.

2052: Both teams changing things around. Namibia bring on Lazarus Kaimbi for Sydney Plaatjies. Ghana make two changes with Baffour Gyan replacing his older brother Asamoah and a huge roar goes up as Andre Ayew comes on.

2049: Agogo does all the hard work down the left flank before shanking his cross well wide. It's all Ghana at the moment, but if it stays at 1-0 then Namibia still have a chance of getting back into it.

2048: At this stage in 2002 only five goals had been scored in the entire tournament - we had that many goals in today's earlier match. Surely that is a sign that the quailty of African football has improved beyond immeasurably in six years.
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2045: Gyan gets his shot away after a great piece of skill but his effort is blocked by Pienaar and goes out for a corner.

2043: Laryea Kingston is booked for taking a free-kick too quickly and that means he'll miss the final group game against Morocco.

2040: A rare foray into Ghana's half results in a Namibia corner, but it's well defended by the Black Stars.

2037: Muntari fancies his chances from distance but his left footed drive from 25 yards sails harmlessly wide. You can't blame him for having a go after the goal he scored against Guinea.

2034: Ghana get us underway for the final half of Africa Cup of Nations action for today.

2032: "Namibia are doing very well. With a little luck they might grab a well deserved draw."
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2019: HALF-TIME Ghana 1-0 Namibia

2016: Ghana threaten again, but Pantsil's deflected shot falls to the lurking Gyan who couldn't quite find the target.

2012: GOAL Ghana 1-0 Namibia
Ghana finally get the breakthrough. Agogo is on hand to score from inside the six-yard box after Quincy Owusu Abeyie's cross deceived the Namibian defence. It wasn't the neatest of finishes you'll ever see and you have to feel sorry for Namibia after they had defended so well for 40-odd minutes.

2005: Kingston's through-ball causes absolute chaos inside the Namibia penalty area. Pienaar and the on-rushing Mbaha collide but Gyan blazes over from about six yards with an open goal to aim at. Best chance yet for Ghana.

2004: Laryea Kingston delivers a deep free-kick and with Athiel Mbaha nowhere to be seen Sulley Muntari heads over.

2001: "The way Ghana are playing I do not see them reaching the final."
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1958: Namibia captain Michael Pienaar is nut-megged by Agogo and was so embarrased by it that he decided to haul him down on the edge of the area. The free-kick came to nothing and so it remains deadlocked at 0-0. Who would have predicted this?

1951: A lovely move by Namibia ends with Brian Brendell shooting wide when well-placed. Ghana are not having this all their own way and their opponents seem to be growing in confidence.

1949: Junior Agogo fires just wide after linking up well with his strike partner Asamoah Gyan. The Nottingham Forest striker did well to control the ball before going close with a right foot effort.

1947: Sydney Plaatjies fires in a free-kick from 25-yards but it is easily saved by Richard Kingston in Ghana's goal. A minor scare for the Black Stars.

1946: Ghana are probing for an opening, but can't break down this resillient Namibia defence. So far not the rout everyone was expecting, but there's still plenty of time.

1942: "Having watched all the Nations Cups since Senegal '92, I'm in no doubt that this is the best ever."
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1938: "Who would have thought the Africa Cup of Nations would be this goal-packed? I didn't."
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Just for the statisticians among you, there have been 31 goals in nine games so far. None in match 10 so far though.

1937: Not a lot to report so far. At least Namibia have lasted longer than they did against Morocco, they were already 2-0 down by this stage.

1932: Two minutes late but we're underway for today's second game.

1927: Almost everyone on 606 is predicting a Ghana rout. As long as it is as entertaining as the previous match then I will be happy.
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1924: The teams are out and lined up ready for the national anthems in front of a full house that is expecting a big Ghana win.

1917: TEAM NEWS: Injury doubt John Pantsil starts for Ghana, while teenage sensation Andre 'Dede' Ayew is one again on the bench. Namibia make three changes, including replacing goalkeeper Abisai Shiningayamwe with Athiel Mbaha.

1908: Next up Ghana face Namibia. Given the way Namibia imploded in their opening 5-1 defeat to Morocco, the competition hosts must fancy their chances of completing a second successive defeat.

1902: "That was another vintage display of beautiful African Football."
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1856: Don't forget that during half-time of our next encounter we will be streaming a live forum from the BBC's Africa Cup of Nations TV coverage in the UK.

Presenter Jake Humphrey will be joined by Garth Crooks and former Nigeria striker, Efan Ekoku and they'll be discussing the tournament so far.

We'd like your views on which team looks most likely to lift the trophy on Feb 10.

We'd also like to know which players have impressed you and what you've made of the standard of football.

You could get your question asked by simply posting it on our 606 forum.
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1852: FULL TIME Guinea 3-2 Morocco
Mr Damon brings to an end a pulsating game in Accra and to say the Guinea players are happy is an understatement.

In contrast Morocco's players trudge off and know they face a difficult task to quailfy from Group A.

1850: It's all kicking off as Guinea are unhappy with a free-kick given to Morocco on the edge of the area, but the free-kick drifts harmlessly over.

1847: GOAL Guinea 3-2 Morocco
Here we go! Abdeslam Ouaddou heads home from inside the six yard box in the final minute to give Morocco a glimmer of hope. They have three minutes of injury time to sfind an equaliser.

1843: Five minutes to go and Morocco are still searching for a break through. If they lose today, then they might need to beat Ghana to reach the quarter-finals.

1838: A Mexican wave is making it's way around the stadium as the crowd look forward to seeing the hosts in action in under an hour's time. There are less and less empty yellow seats as the minutes go by.

1837: Morocco are screaming for a penalty after the ball appears to hit Bobo Balde on the hand but the referee isn't interested.

1833: Morocco put five past Namibia and are now struggling against Guinea who Ghana beat 2-1. I think the Brave Warriors could be in for a long evening against the hosts tonight.

1831: "From hero to villain. What a disgrace? The Guinean captain was inching closer to the man-of-the-match."
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1830: After that crazy few minutes, the game seems to have settled down a bit but Morocco, with that one-man advantage, are beginning to dominate.

1824: RED CARDA moment of absolute madness. Guinea's two-goal hero, and captain, Feindonou is the first player to be sent off in the tournament after flicking out a leg in the direction of Morocco's El-Armine Erbate.

1820: GOAL Guinea 3-1 Morocco
Feindouno cooly slots the penalty to the goalkeepers' left and restores Guinea's two goal advantage.

1819: PENALTY to GuineaJust when Morocco thought they were back in the game, Souleymane Youla is brought down in the area and the referee has no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

1817: GOAL Guinea 2-1 Morocco
Incredible stuff in Accra. Just seconds later Morocco pull a goal back through substitute Aboucherouane who's left-footed strike beats Camara.

1816: GOAL Guinea 2-0 Morocco
Ismael Bangoura fires Guinea 2-0 in front against the run of play. He slams the ball past Fouhami who had absolutely no chance of saving that one.

1814: The kit-man must have had a job putting Hicham Aboucherouane's name on the back of his Morocco shirt. He's just come on by the way.

1806: A brilliant effort by Hadji is just tipped over by Camara. He hit it with the outside if his right foot from around 25 yards and it would have gone if it wasn't for the acrobatics of the Moustached-one. Maybe Paul Robinson, who is having a tough time of it with Tottenham and England, should take a leaf out of Camara's book and grow some hair above his top lip.

1803: Morocco get the second-half underway to the sound of trumpets, trombones and any other brass instrument you can think of.

1759: At around 2015 GMT, half-time of Ghana's clash with Namibia, we will be streaming a live forum from the BBC's Africa Cup of Nations TV coverage in the UK.

We'd like your views on which team looks most likely to lift the trophy on Feb 10.

We'd also like to know which players have impressed you and what you've made of the standard of football.

You could get your question asked by simply posting it on our 606 forum.
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1753: "There are about ten thousand fans here in the stadium now, it's very noisy, an exciting atmosphere. But the fans aren't here to watch this game, they're here for the Ghana match later on."
BBC World Service reporter Piers Edwards.

1747: HALF-TIME Guinea 1-0 Morocco
It's been a frenetic and entertaining first-half, with Guinea perhaps just shading it. Some of the officiating has been questionable to say the least, with corners given as goal-kicks and vice versa. Let's just hope it doesn't ruin what promises to be an intriguing second period.

1745: "I can't keep up with all these comings and goings - just how many players have Guinea currently got on the pitch?
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Just to clarify all Guinea players are back on the pitch, and as far as I am aware are now wearing the correct under garments and have all jewellery taped up.

1741: "I assume Feindouno hasn't been sent off? Just to cover it up???"
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1736: Fode Mansare strikes a good free-kick which is tipped over by Morocco's goalkeeper Khalid Fouhami. The referee gives a goal-kick though.

1735: Another Guinea player, this time Souleymane Youla, is ordered off by Mr Damon. It seems he has a problem with a piece of jewellery and also his under shorts. They were white, but his shorts are yellow. Apparently they need to be the same colour.

1734: "The two teams are playing for their lives at this competition."
BBC World Service reporter Chris Mitchell at the Ohene Djan Staduim

1729: "Ghana will crush Namibia later on. Might be close to 4-0 or 5-0..."
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1726: Feindouno is ordered off by the referee after spotting that the goalscorer is wearing a ring. Naughty boy.

1724: Youssef Hadji fires in a shot from outside the area that is well saved by the moustached-one. Incidentally Kemoko Camara is currently without a club. Any suggestions as to who he could sign for?

1722: "The Guinean keeper has the thing football has been missing for far too long. A moustache!"
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1720: That Feindonou goal was the 27th goal of this tournament - that's an average of three per game - and not one game has finished goalless so far.

1717: Guinea's Mohamed Cisse picks up the game's first booking with a nasty looking challenge. He went in high and if that was in the Premier League in England then he could well have seen red.

1716: Great scenes from the Guinea fans who are dancing up and down in unison behind the goal. Despite the stadium only being half-full, the fans are certainly making plenty of noise.

1710: GOAL Guinea 1-0 Morocco
Pascal Feindouno sneaks a free-kick in at the near post as Morocco goalkeeper Khalid Fouhami is caught out. After saying he was quiet in the first game, he has certainly sparked this game into life.

1705: Both sets of players are not holding back when it comes to tackling. Today's referee from South Africa, Jerome Damon, might have his work cut out.

1700: We're under way in Accra for today's first game.

The pitch has been cut and looks in better shape than the last round of games here, hopefully that will make for an exciting game.

1652: "I have to say the stadium is not particularly full at the moment"
BBC World Service's James Copnall in Accra

1650: "I think Michael Essien is Ghana score the winner today."
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1646: At half-time in the Ghana-Namibia game, approximately 2015 GMT, we will be streaming a live forum from the BBC's Africa Cup of Nations TV coverage in the UK.

Presenter Jake Humphrey will be joined by Garth Crooks and former Nigeria striker Efan Ekoku and they'll be discussing the tournament so far.

You could get your question asked by simply posting it on our 606 forum.
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1640: TEAM NEWS: Morocco will be without hat-trick hero Soufiane Alloudi who will also miss the game against Ghana next week after suffering a knee injury.

Keep an eye on Tarik Sektioui who was impressive during that win over Namibia.

Guinea make three changes to the team that lost to Ghana. Captain Pascal Feindouno had a quiet game in that match and a lot more will be expected from him today.

1630 GMT: Day five of the Nations Cup and we have reached the second round of matches in Group A.

First up in Accra is Guinea against Morocco. Guinea lost their first game to Ghana in the tournament's opener on Sunday when Sulley Muntari's superb last-gasp shop gave the hosts a 2-1 win.

Morocco trounced Namibia 5-1 in their opening game and if they beat Guinea will be assured of place in the last eight.

Ghana, who play Namibia in the later game on Thursday, will also go through to the quarter-finals if they win.

I'm looking for lots of action on the pitch and plenty of chat off it so make sure you get involved via the text or on 606.
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