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Last Updated: Monday, 28 January 2008, 19:12 GMT



RESULTS:

Ghana 2-0 Morocco

Guinea 1-1 Namibia

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE
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By Paul Fletcher

1910: Many thanks for everyone who has read and contributed to this clockwatch today. Good drama, I thought, though Morocco were more than a touch disappointing.

For those in the UK who were unable to watch the two games on Freeview, let me start by saying sorry. Secondly, I have been assured by one of my editors that it will be business as normal tomorrow with the two games available for your delectation.

1900: "Morocco going home will make me feel a little bit better about Nigeria going home (likely). I guess misery loves company."
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It is a massive day for Nigeria on Tuesday, who must beat Benin to have any chance of qualifying from Group B. Ivory Coast take on Mali in the other fixture. Once again, both games start at 1700 GMT.

Qualification update: Ghana qualify from Group A as winners, with Guinea finishing second.

1851: Full-time Ghana 2-0 Morocco
With seconds left Youssef Hadji finally forced a save from Richard Kingston in the Ghana goal.

But you have to say this match was all about Ghana, who have won all three of their group games. If they were disappointing in their first two games they were superb today and fully deserved their win. Could they respond to the pressure? Look at the scoreline.

1850: Full-time Guinea 1-1 Namibia
With Morocco losing, the draw is enough for Guinea to reach the last eight for the third successive tournament.

1850: Namibia are seconds away from picking up their first point of the tournament in what will be their final match. Well done to them after a vastly improved couple of performances following their 5-1 hiding at the hands of Morocco.

1846: "You can't really say Morocco are running out of ideas, as I don't think they really had any in the beginning!"
BBC World Service's Martin Davies in Accra

1845: I mentioned a couple of hours ago that the ground in Accra was disappointingly empty. Well, it is only right that I now state that the stadium looks pretty full and the atmosphere thrilling.

1840: Muntari hits the post for Ghana with a header seconds after a driving run from the lively Agogo culminates with a shot from a tight angle that Lamyaghri saves. The scoreline really could, perhaps should, be more one sided.

Andre 'Dede' Ayew comes on for Ghana, replacing Agogo.

1837: GOAL Guinea 1-1 Namibia
Brian Blendell scores his second of the tournament with a low strike from outside the area. Namibia could pick up their first point of the tournament.

1834: Abderrahmane Kabous shoots for Morocco from 40 yards. There is barely enough power on the ball for it to reach the goal.

For the second tournament in a row the Atlas Lions will fail to qualify from their group.

1831: Black Stars forward Asamoah Gyan should score with a header from inside the six-yard box but somehow Nadir Lamyaghri saves. The excellent Essien then goes close again from distance.

1828: With Guinea winning, Morocco need to score three goals to qualify, but they seem unable to string more than a couple of passes together. It has not been their day. On the other hand.....

"With 20 minutes left the whole of Ghana is getting ready to celebrate."BBC World Service commentator Piers Edwards in Accra

1828: "As the Guinea drums and cheers continue, the sound from the Namibian end seems to have been unplugged."
BBC Sport's Oluwashina Okelji in Sekondi

1821: Michael Essien has been absolutely outstanding and almost scores his second with a thunderous strike from distance. Ghana, no question, have responded to the pressure upon them. Morocco have been poor.

Qualification update: As things stand Ghana will qualify as group winners - and play the team that finishes second in Group B. Guinea will finish second and play the winners of Group B.

1818: GOAL Guinea 1-0 Namibia
Souleymane Youla slots home into the bottom corner after collecting Mamadou Dioulde Bah's through ball.

1815: Ghana coach Claude LeRoy has one of those faces that seems to me to be suited more to agitation than happiness. He certainly should be pleased with how things are going but he is cutting a frustrated figure on the sidelines, waving his arms about in what seems to be a blind panic.

1813: Ghana's Junior Agogo is, well, on the go go with a driving run down the left. He shows great strength and determination and his cross-cum-shot almost catches out Nadir Lamyaghri in the Morocco goal.

1811: Morocco are making too many errors. I cannot see a way back into the match for them.

1805: "WHY ARE THE STADIUMS EMPTY? BECAUSE AFRICANS DO NOT THROW A SICKY TO WATCH A FOOTBALL MATCH WHEN THEY HAVE WORK TO DO! OVER THERE, PEOPLE USUALLY DO NOT CLOSE FROM WORK UNTIL 1700 HOURS (GMT).

"YOU WANT TO GO ON WITH YOUR NEGATIVE REPORTAGE ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT, GET ON WITH IT! COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE PITCHES, ETC, ETC.

"THE WHOLE WORLD SAW THE WEMBLEY PARK WHEN IT OPENED, AFTER NUMEROUS POSTPONEMENTS AND MILLIONS OF POUNDS OVER THE BUDGET, THE GRASS FLYING OFF INTO THE SKIES WHENEVER A BOOT TOUCHED!

"AND, ON A DAY THERE WAS A BIT OF RAIN, THE WORLD WAS SERVED A PADDY FIELD FOR A FOOTBALL MATCH!"
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Truly, a remarkable, remarkable rant. One that will resonate down the ages. I can almost feel your anger. And I agree with quite a lot of what you say.

1803: The second-half starts between Ghana and Morocco.

"All I know is that one of the semi-finals will be Ghana versus Cameroon. And since Cameroon love those kind of challenges, they will beat Ghana in front of their spectators. Remember: Cameroon vs. Morocco (1988 in Rabah) and Cameroon vs. Senegal (1992 in Dakar)."
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1802: The match between Guinea and Namibia resumes in Sekondi.

1755: Just a quick word for all of you reading this in the United Kingdom. Highlights of the two games will be shown on BBC Three this evening, with coverage starting at 1900 BST.

1752: "Morocco are making too many unforced errors. In this game we haven't seen anything near what they're capable of, and surely they can't come back from this."
BBC World Service commentator Piers Edwards in Accra

1748: Half-time Ghana 2-0 Morocco
Henri Michel's team are really up against it now. Michael Essien has been little short of brilliant for Ghana, scoring one and creating the other.

1746: Half-time Guinea 0-0 Namibia
"Guinea fans are growing increasingly worried on the terraces with the Syli Nationale's lethargic performance and woeful finishes."
BBC World Service's Oluwashina Okeleji in Sekondi

1744: GOAL Ghana 2-0 Morocco
Surely the Black Stars are going through to the last eight! A driving run from Essien, who slips the ball out for Sulley Muntari to defeat Nadir Lamyaghri at his near post. The ball takes a slight deflection on its way to goal but Ghana have been the better team.

1738: Another wasted chance for Guinea. Souleymane Youla should at least hit the target but fails to do so.

Qualification update: As things stands Ghana will finish top of the group with Guinea second.

1735: A rare attack from Namibia, who do look quite dangerous when they hit Guinea on the break. Collin Benjamin drills the ball into the side netting from a tight angle.

Meanwhile in Accra, it is increasingly party time for the home fans, who are singing and dancing in the stands.

1731: Guinea's Mamadou Dioulde Bah goes close to opening the scoring against Namibia but Mbaha makes a decent save.

1730: Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan strikes the ball low and hard from distance and is only narrowly wide.

1728: The Ohene Djan Stadium is starting to fill up in Accra. Ghana's John Paintsil puts the ball in his own net but the referee has already blown for a foul. Despite watching a replay I could still not tell you what foul was committed.

1726: GOAL Ghana 1-0 Morocco
A brilliant, brilliant goal from the Black Stars. Muntari shapes to smash a free-kick goalwards but instead chips it over the wall and Michael Essien strikes the ball home on the half volley. Superb. Surely a rehearsed move.

1720: "The Local Organising Committee will have to answer why this stadium is not full."
BBC World Service's Chris Mitchell in Accra

There seems to be plenty of atmosphere inside the stadium in Accra but just too many empty seats. Honestly, this is the day of destiny for Ghana and I thought the ground would have been packed to the rafters. Why isn't it? Any ideas?

1718: Just to let you know, as things stand Ghana and Guinea will qualify for the last eight.

1716: A top save from Morocco's Nadir Lamyaghri, who dives to his left to stop Sulley Muntari's free-kick. It was a fantastic strike from all of 30 yards from the Black Star.

1715: A good chance on the break for Namibia, but Muna Kaupose heads over Brian Blendell's six-yard cross.

1711: Fairly even in Accra between Ghana and Morocco. Both teams are showing real attacking intent, with the Atlas Lions deploying a 4-3-3 formation.

1710: (See 1702) "Ghana and Morocco have a bit of history. In 1980, Morocco defeated Ghana, then reigning champions, to send them home after the group stages. The circumstances were very much similar. Ghana only needed a draw to qualify and after the defeat to Morocco, were on same points with Morocco but Morocco went through because they had scored more. Interesting isn't it?"
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Great work TheTruthabtFooty, great work. (Thought I have not fact checked what you say so it could be all wrong).

1705: Guinea come close to a goal, Daouda Jabi forcing an excellent save from Athiel Mbaha with a 30-yard strike.

1705: Ghana have started well against Morocco, while Guinea are on top in their game with Namibia. Ismael Bangoura volleyed wide with an early chance for Syli Nationale.

1702: "How are confrontations between Ghana and Morocco?"
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Anybody out there got any answers?

1700: Both of the final Group A fixtures are under way. Let the drama begin.

1657: TEAM NEWS:
Guinea's Pascal Feindundo is suspended after his red card against Morocco so Mohamed Sacko earns a starting place. Naby Souma has also been called up from the bench.
Namibia make three changes to the team which lost to Ghana. Meraai Swartbooi and Muna Katupose have been rewarded with places in the starting XI

1652: "Frankly, Junior Agogo has been better than Asamoah Gyan. I don't think the Ghanaian midfield stepped up effectively against Namibia. The Brave Warriors were allowed to roam almost unfettered."
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It is now or never for Ghana and Morocco - and I'm hoping for a cracker of a game.

1652: (See 1625) "Regarding your dream. You are really, really weird. I'm not gonna lie, a little disturbing, that."
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I don't really have much control over what happens when I am asleep.

1650: "It's surprising, with minutes to kick-off, the stadium for the Ghana-Morocco game is nowhere near as full as it was at this stage for the opening fixture. Maybe it's because this is a working day, but there's only about 20,000 fans here at the moment."
BBC World Service's Farayi Mungazi

1645: (See 1625) "I had a dream in which Asamoah Gyan bags a double for Ghana but then I woke up thinking this was impossible. We will see."
Adam, Glasgow, via text on +447786 202008

Nothing is impossible, or some variation on that theme dependent on what kind of boots you wear.

1640: TEAM NEWS
Anthony Annan comes into the Ghana midfield for the suspended Laryea Kingston, while coach Claude LeRoy resists calls for Andre 'Dede' Ayew to start up front, with Junior Agogo and Asamoah Gyan leading the line.

Morocco striker Soufiane Alloudi, who scored a hat-trick against Namibia, remains sidelined with a knee injury. Keeper Khalid Fouhami makes way for Nadir Lamyaghri as one of four changes.

1630: "Ghana need to up their game. The problem is their strike force. They have to come up with more."
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I agree. The Black Stars lack a player such as Samuel Eto'o or Didier Drogba in attack. Alot is resting on the likes of Junior Agogo. Not much wrong with the midfield though.

1625: I had my first Nations Cup-related dream last night. I was checking in to a hostel and the man behind the reception desk was an aging Hossam Hassan.

The veteran striker was much older than his actual 47 years but wearing an Egypt football kit.

Just as he was finishing processing all my details his computer was infected by a virus and he lost all his information.

The veteran of 170 caps was not amused and rapidly became incredibly stressed out. As he ran around the office he became younger and younger.

Then I woke up.

Have you had any dreams involving the Africa Cup of Nations. I'd love to know.
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1620: "Ghana coach Claude LeRoy must be taking tips off former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. The Black Stars are playing terrible footy but winning their games by one goal margins."
Mba, in Ghana, via text on +447786 202008

1615 GMT: Crunch time in Group A.

By the end of today two of Ghana, Morocco, Guinea and Namibia will be out of the tournament.

I'm not going to lie to you - it's complicated.

Realistically, Namibia, having lost their first two games, will not be progressing to the last eight - but the other three all have a good chance of going through.

Host nation Ghana have six points, while Morocco and Guinea are on three.

However, if Morocco beat Ghana, who have been heavily criticised for their performances despite winning both games, and Guinea register an expected win over Namibia, then the Black Stars could crash out.



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