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Mali 1 (Seydou Keita 87) Liberia 1 (George Weah 45)
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Liberia 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Mali 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Algeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Remaining fixtures
(Matches in Bamako unless stated)
Jan 21 - Algeria v Nigeria
Jan 24 - Mali v Nigeria
Jan 25 - Algeria v Liberia
Jan 28 - Mali v Algeria
Jan 28 - Liberia v Nigeria, Mopti
 

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Keita rises to the occasion for Malian Eagles

Hosts Mali snatched a late goal to draw 1-1 with Liberia on Saturday in the opening match of the African Nations Cup before a capacity 60,000 crowd.
Midfielder Seydou Keita from French club Lorient was the Malian Eagles' hero, controlling a loose ball with his chest before firing a left-foot shot into the far corner of the net in the 87th minute.
A draw was a fair result as Liberia sat back for most of the second half, content to defend a lead given to them by former superstar George Weah just before half-time on a beautiful afternoon in the Malian capital.
The 1995 World, European and African Footballer of the Year Weah rose to head an Oliver Makor corner past goalkeeper Mahamadou Sidibe and an unkind bounce left three Malian defenders helpless.
Mali started more impressively, but the Liberian Lone Star gradually fought their way into the match and Frank Seator went close just before Weah broke the deadlock.
It was a tense, lively opening match rather than a classic with neither team able to retain possession for long during the opening half in which Mali came closest after a slip by Liberian goalkeeper Louis Crayton.
He failed to hold a shot from outside the penalty area and just beat Mamadou Bagayoko, another France-based Malian, to the loose ball at the Chinese-built March 26 Stadium.
While never a bruising battle, Libyan referee Abdelkarim Shelmani showed four yellow cards - two to each team - and the rhythm of the first half was disrupted by niggling fouls.
The result illustrated that home advantage is not often a major factor in the biennial African championship with South Africa the only hosts to win their opening match in the previous five tournaments.
Group A action resumes on Monday when the Nigerian Super Eagles, one of the favourites for the gold medals in the 23-day event, tackle the Desert Warriors of Algeria.
 

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Mali: Day 2

A comprehensive day-by-day round-up of the latest news at the African Nations Cup.
Egypt 0-1 Senegal
Cameroon 1-0 DR Congo
South Africa 0-0 Burkina Faso

South Africa/Burkina Faso: Benni McCarthy misses not just a host but also a hatful and Bafana Bafana now have a tough task in Group B.

Cameroon/DR Congo: Partick Mboma's 35 metre shot gives the champions a perfect start.

Egypt/Senegal: A strike from Lamine Diatta seven minutes from time give Senegal all three points and puts them in control of Group D.

Caf: South African match officials Petros Mathebela and Lazarus Matela have been given a reprieve by the Confederation of African Football after arriving late for the African Nations Cup finals. The pair missed the traditional start of tournament fitness test earlier this week and were struck off the list by Caf, which has since taken a more lenient line.

Cameroon: Striker Patrick Mboma says he will try not to be distracted by the imminent arrival of his fourth child.
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Sunday, 20 January, 2002, 22:07 GMT
South Africa's stuttering start

Group B: South Africa 0 - 0 Burkina Faso

South Africa wasted several good chances against underdogs Burkina Faso and saw their tournament get off to a disappointing start.

Benni McCarthy was the man guilty of blowing the majority of Bafana Bafana's opportunities, but there were also glaring misses from Shaun Bartlett and Bradley Carnell.

The winners of the 1996 competition now face an uphill struggle in a group that includes Morocco and Ghana.

For their part, Burkina Faso defended well and looked brisk going forward, if lacking in real penetration.

But South Africa are left to ponder what might have been.

They were struggling up front from the moment Shaun Bartlett, such a controversial figure before the tournament began, limped off with a calf injury after only 19 minutes.

Shortly afterwards McCarthy did put the ball in the Burkina Faso net, but blatantly did so with his hand and was promptly booked.

It was, however, the most accurate he would be that evening.

From then on, he blazed a succession of efforts high, wide, or straight into Traore.

And Burkina Faso came very close to causing a huge upset by nearly sneaking a goal in the dying moments.

A goalmouth scramble on 88 minutes had Vonk struggling, but last-ditch heroics from Barnsley star Eric Tinkler rescued South Africa from very red faces indeed.
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Sunday, 20 January, 2002, 20:23 GMT
Mboma's magic sinks Congo

Group C: Cameroon 1-0 DR Congo
(Patrick Mboma 40)


African champions Cameroon have Patrick Mboma to thank for their winning start to their Nations Cup campaign.

His superb long-range strike was all that separated the Indomitable Lions from Democratic Republic of Congo in the opening Group C fixture on Sunday.

Mboma, who plays for Italian Serie A club Parma, struck with a left-footed 35-metre drive in the 40th minute.

The shot, which came out of the blue, was one of the few strokes of brilliance in what was otherwise a lacklustre encounter.

Cameroon were fragile in defence and failed to play as a team. It was not the sort of performance expected from the champions.

Mboma wasted a great opportunity early in the game when he slipped as he tried to shoot.

Shakey perfomance

At the last Nations Cup he was also guilty of squandering chances.

But his goal came at a time when the DR Congo were looking as if they might take the lead.

Shabani Nonda and Newcastle United striker Lua-Lua both had shots which went just wide with the score at 0-0.

Lua-Lua caused problems throught the match for Cameroon's defence.

The second half began with another Congolese chance as Lua-Lua, just failed to connect with a Muyaya Kayembe's cross.

However Mboma had the opportunity of putting the game beyond reach, but this time his shot flew over the bar.

It was not the most convincing of starts for the defending champions.

But with three points secured, the Cameroonians are now in a great position to progress to the quarter-finals.
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Sunday, 20 January, 2002, 18:24 GMT
Senegal make their mark

Group D: Egypt 0 - 1 Senegal
(Lamine Diatta 83)


Senegal have shown that their qualification for the World Cup is thoroughly justified with a deserved win over Egypt at the Modibo Keita Stadium in Bamako.

The game was heading for stalemate before Lamine Diatta scrambled in a goal from a corner just seven minutes from time.

His header looped over Egypt's goalkeeper Essam El-Haddary and squeezed under the crossbar.

El-Haddary has to take much of the blame for the goal.

He attempted to punch the ball clear, but failed to connect.

It was a deserved result for the Senegalese, who were a changed side in the second half.

Wasted chances

The Egyptian defence, marshalled by Hany Ramzy, had done a good job of containing the strike partnership of El Hadj Diouf and Henri Camara for the first 45 minutes.

But after the break the Senegalese looked more dangerous, and Diouf forced a number of good saves from El-Haddary.

And Senegal's constant pressure eventually told, even if the goal owed much to El-Haddary's mistake.

The Lions could have doubled the margin just three minutes after scoring, but El-Haddary redeemed himself with a superb save from a one-on-one with Diouf.

In the closing stages Hazem Emam and Ahmed Hassan both had chances to draw the Pharaohs level.

But their efforts were found wanting and coach Mahmoud El-Gohary may well now be cursing the injury that looks like keeping veteran striker Hossam Hassan out of the tournament.

Egypt:
16-Essam El Haddary, 3-Mohamed Omara, 4-Hany Ramzy, 5-Abdelzaher El Saqqa, 6-Hany Said, 8-Yasser Radwan, 11-Tarek Said (21-Tarek Said 81), 12-Mohamed Barakat (2-Amr Fahim 75), 17-Ahmed Hassan, 7-Khaled Bebo (14-Hazem Emam 75), 18-Ahmed Hossam.

Senegal:
1-Tony Sylva, 2-Omar Daf, 3-Pape Sarr (19-Pape Bouba Diop 84), 17-Ferdinand Coly, 6-Aliou Cisse, 7-Henri Camara, 10-Fadiga Khalilou, 11-El Hadj Diouf, 13-Lamine Diatta, 14-Moussa Ndiaye (18-Pape Bouna Thiaw 69), 15-Alassani Diao
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Day 3 Fixtures: (times in GMT)

21 Jan: Algeria v Nigeria (1600) Gp A
21 Jan: Morocco v Ghana (1600) Gp B
21 Jan: Togo v Ivory Coast (1800) Gp C
21 Jan: Tunisia v Zambia (1900) Gp D

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WHAT A FREAKING BORING FIRST MATCHDAY !!!!!!

5 goals in 8 GAMES !!!!!!!!!!! :rolleyes:

0-0
0-1
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0.5
0-0
1-0

Whats this ???? :(


Good news is Zambia 0-0 Tunisia :)

Now we have a good chance again ... Inshallah..
 

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When they dun play football, they will disagree off the field.:(

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Monday, 21 January, 2002, 14:07 GMT
Bust-ups in Group B

Morocco and Ghana enter their opening Group B encounter in Segou on Monday afternoon amid reports of internal problems in both camps.

Morocco's English-based defender Abdeslam Ouaddou left the camp yesterday morning after a bust-up with teammate Abdeljelil Hadda.

According to insiders in the camp the pair apparently had a heated argument over food.

The Ghanaians have also had problems with players arguing over the allocation of villas.

A member of the South African delegation, who are staying opposite the Black Stars in the team village, told BBC Sport Online they were stunned to see the younger players having a heated argument with coach Fred Osam Duodu.

"The players were all kitted out to go to training when the argument started. Shortly afterwards, they were back in ordinary clothing and the training was cancelled," the South African, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

If the teams are able to overcome their off-the-field problems, they may be able to take the lead in the group B standings with a victory following last night's draw between South Africa and Burkina Faso.

The Ghanaians, who brought a young side to this Nations Cup, will be up against experienced opponents, led by Spanish-based defender Noureddine Naybet.

The Moroccans are looking to redeem themselves following their failure to qualify for the World Cup while Ghana are using this tournament to launch their bid to qualify for the 2006 event
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Can they for once be serious in an international competition?:(

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Monday, 21 January, 2002, 18:50 GMT
Aghahowa does it again

Group A: Algeria 0 - 1 Nigeria

Julius Aghahowa has again proved that when Nigeria are looking for inspiration, he can provide it.

Nigeria deserved their 1-0 victory over Group A opponents Algeria in Bamako on Monday, but the Super Eagles found it difficult to make their pressure count.

But Ukraine-based midfielder Aghahowa managed to find a way through.

His goal came two minutes before half-time, when he advancing on goal from 35 yards out before cutting inside and beating Lounes Gaouaoui at the near post with a low shot.

Aghahowa was Nigeria's hero in the Nations Cup two years ago.
He scored two goals within 8 minutes when the Super Eagles looked as if they were about to be beaten by Senegal in the quarter-finals.

Missed chances

Algeria had an opportunity to level the scores shortly after half-time but unmarked fullback Moulay Haddou headed wide with the goal at his mercy.

Nwankwo Kanu, who came on for the second half missed two clear chances, the first a close-range effort well saved, the second a shot that went just wide.

Nigeria's best player was 'Jay-Jay' Okocha, who showed great skill and composure, and who was unlucky not to score himself.

Despite their dominance Nigeria were guilty of sitting back on occasion.

Skipper Abdelhafid Tasfaout has a number of half chances, while the best Algerian chance came three minutes before the break.

Rafi Saifi powered into the Nigerian penalty area only to roll his shot wide.

It was a costly miss, as Nigerian possession led to a good attack and Aghahowa's goal, which was enough to bury Algerian hopes.

The result puts Nigeria top of group A and in an excellent position to progress to the next round
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A good start for Nigeria. Hopefully we can see them in the next stage.

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Monday, 21 January, 2002, 20:41 GMT
Group B for boring

Ghana and Morocco played to a dull goalless draw in their opening group B match in Segou on Monday to leave all four teams level on one point each.

In a game which failed to gain any momentum, the more experienced Moroccans were the better team but failed to capitalize on their chances.

On the two occasions they did shoot on target, Ghanaian goalkeeper Sammy Adjei acrobatically denied the North Africans with superb saves.

After taking the initiative early in the game when Michael Essien shot wide, it was the Atlas Lions who took control of the midfield through Youssef Chippo and Adel Ramzi.

Ramzi was unlucky not to score in the 27th minute when his rasping shot from just outside the box was brilliantly turned around the post by Adjei.

Isaac Boakye had a good chance to score for Ghana on the hour when he intercepted a poor backpass from Akram Roumani. However, goalkeeper Driss Benzekri denied Boakye with a good save.

Substitute Rachid Rokki selfishly decided to go for glory himself in the 78th minute instead of passing to the unmarked Ramzi.

On the evidence of this uninspiring performance South Africa and Burkina Faso must fancy their chances of progressing to the quarter finals from Group B.
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Monday, 21 January, 2002, 21:46 GMT
Keepers' spark keeps Group D alive

Group D: Zambia 0-0 Tunisia

The key men of the second match of Group D were unquestionably the goalkeepers.

Both made one outstanding save apiece in what was, not for the first time in Mali 2002, a match filled with missed chances and downright awful finishing.

But at least these saves weren't the only moments of spark in what was an up-tempo, if not frenetic, encounter.

It was Zambia's Davies Phiri who was the busier of the two.
He was commanding his area in a manner which suggested he didn't entirely trust his defence, often leaping out to punch when other Zambians were closer to the ball.

His moment of brilliance, however, came on 68 minutes, when he somehow saved a bullet header from Daassi with his feet on the goalline.

Tunisia had much more possession and many more efforts on goal than Zambia, but were too often wasteful and were usually closer to the river behind the stadium than the Zambian net.

However, they had to be grateful to controversial keeper Chokri El Ouaer for coming away from the game with even a point, as with just five minutes to go, Loti advanced on their goal and looked certain to score.

Loti's shot had pace and an evil swerve on it, but just as it looked to be flashing into the top corner, El Ouaer stuck out a hand and the ball went behind
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El Ouaer showing the form that we showed in the world cup in France.:)

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Monday, 21 January, 2002, 21:53 GMT
Ivorians denied

Group C: Togo 0 - 0 Ivory Coast

Togo will be most pleased with earning a point from the second of Group C's matches in Sikasso.

They owe much goalkeeper Kossi Agassa, who pulled off a series of great saves to deny the Ivorians a win.

Agassa, who plays his club football in the Ivory Coast with, was a constant frustration to the 1992 champions.

Ibrahima Bakayoko, the striker the Ivorians are usually able to rely on, was unable to beat him.

"We didn't lose the match and we still have a chance of qualifying," Ivory Coast coach Lama Bama said.

Togo could have taken a shock lead when midfielder Yao Senaya hit the post with a half-volley with just ten minutes gone.

Finishing flurry

But the Elephants of Ivory Coast gradually took control, although they found Agassa in magnificent form.

He denied Bakayoko mid-way through the first half and made an outstanding double save to deny Abdelkader Keita.

Bakayoko, who has averaged exactly one goal a game since the last World Cup, had another chance - this time a close-range header - turned way shortly after the break.

The Marseille striker had yet another shot denied before he was substituted with 25 minutes remaining.

The game ended dramatically, with Togo's Thomas Dossevi hitting the crossbar and then, at the other end, Keita immediately forcing another good save from Agassa with the game's last kick.
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Its disappointing to see so few goals being scored. I was surprised that only one goal lighted up the four matches played yesterday. Hopefully as the tournament gets more interesting, the goals will start to flow.:)

Next fixtures:
24 Jan: Mali v Nigeria (1900) GPA
24 Jan: South Africa v Ghana (1600) GPB

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This happens everywhere....Just look at the Gold Cup Concacafs Elite Competition in the USA as we speak.......Dull meaningless games....
Things will get better for you guys in the second round , just like here in the Gold Cup...
Heck :eek: It happens every 4 yrs at the WC too !!!! :dazed:
 

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Togo goalkeeper Agassa defies Ivory Coast

SIKASSO, Mali, Jan 21 (AFP)
Goalkeeper Kossi Agassa was the Togo hero as they drew 0-0 with Ivory Coast Monday in an African Nations Cup Group C match.
Agassa, who quits top Ivorian club Africa Sports for Metz in France after the biennial continental championship, produced a string of first-half saves as the 'Elephants' threatened to trample their opponents.
But the goalkeeper refused to capitulate, making brave double saves from Ibrahima Bakayoko and Kader Keita and, soon after half-time, stopped a point-blank header by Aruna Dindane. p
While the Togolese Hawks smiled at the final whistle in the south-west Mali town, the Ivorians must view the result as two points lost in a pool expected to be dominated by defending champions Cameroon.
The 'Indomitable Lions' defeated Democratic Republic of Congo 1-0 Sunday in the first of six mini-league matches with the group winners and runners-up advancing to the quarter-finals.
Ivory Coast began the 2000 tournament in Ghana with a draw against Togo and ended up spending three days in an army camp, where they attended lectures in discipline and patriotism by the then military rulers.
Much was expected of an Ivory Coast squad boasting top-class strikers in Bakayoko of Marseille, Dindane of Anderlecht, Bonaventure Kalou of Feyenoord and Keita of Tunisian outfit Etoile Sahel.
Coach Lama Bamba began with Bakayoko, Dindane and Keita, but their failure to break down the red-shirted Togolese led to Bakayoko and Dindane making way for Tunisia-based Kandia Traore and Kalou midway through the second half.
But the underdogs refused to lie down and almost snatched a shock victory in injury time when Ivorian Habib Toure hit the woodwork when attempting a clearance.
The Ivorians have much the tougher second-round assignment, confronting three-time champions Cameroon Friday while Togo tackle DR Congo 24 hours later.
 

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Egypt win North African derby to head for Nations Cup last eight

BAMAKO, Jan 25 (AFP)
Egypt hauled themselves back into contention for a place in the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup here on Friday with a 1-0 win over Group D rivals Tunisia.
A first-half goal from midfielder Hazem Emam handed the Egyptians a win which saw them move off the bottom of the Group of Death following their opening defeat to Senegal.
After being outplayed in the opening 45 minutes, World Cup qualifiers Tunisia came back into the game after the break and carved out a string of chances for a possible equaliser.
They had a Jamel Zabi goal disallowed for offside on 50 minutes and Zouberi Baya saw a curling freekick punched clear by Egypt keeper Essam El-Hadary shortly afterwards.
But despite their pressure, Tunisia were unable to breach an Egyptian defence regarded as one of the strongest in the tournament, and it was the Pharaohs who came closest to scoring a second when Khaled Bibo crashed a shot against the woodwork late on.
Egypt will now reach the last eight next week if they defeat Zambia, who face Senegal on Saturday. Tunisia, with only one point from two matches, must beat the Senegalese in their final match to have any chance of going through.
Tunisia coach Henri Michel all but admitted his team's campaign was over, questioning the commitment shown by the Carthage Eagles.
"They didn't look like they wanted to win," said the Frenchman. "The first half was a catastrophe for us, we created so many errors," he added.
Egypt skipper Hany Ramzy was relieved his side had registered their first win. "We knew we had to win today," Ramzy said. "It was vital to take three points," he added.
Emam's decisive goal came on 23 minutes, vindicating the decision of coach Mahmoud El-Gohary to include the player in his starting line up.
Mohamed Barakat made a fine run down the left flank and centred from the byline for Emam at the far post.
The midfielder took his time, wrongfooting the Tunisian cover before calmly placing a firm left-footed strike beyond the arms of Chokri Al-Ouaer.
The goal was nothing less than Egypt deserved after they had controlled the opening quarter with some confident play.
With captain Ramzy pushed up from his normal libero role, the Egyptians looked solid in midfield and were rarely troubled in defence, with centre-halves Hany Saiid and AbdelZaher El-Sakka looking comfortable.
 

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Group A

TEAM P W L D Pts
Nigeria 2 1 0 1 4
Mali 2 0 0 2 2
Liberia 1 0 0 1 1
Algeria 1 0 1 0 0

Group B

TEAM P W L D Pts
Ghana 2 0 0 2 2
South Africa 2 0 0 2 2
Burkina Faso 1 0 0 1 1
Morocco 1 0 0 1 1

Group C

TEAM P W L D Pts
Cameroon 1 2 0 0 6
Togo 1 0 0 1 1
Ivory Coast 2 0 1 1 1
DR Congo 1 0 1 0 0

Group D

TEAM P W L D Pts
Senegal 1 1 0 0 3
Egypt 2 1 1 0 3
Zambia 1 0 0 1 1
Tunisia 2 0 1 1 1
 

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Nonda ready to return to help DRC's Nations Cup bid

MONACO, Jan 26 (AFP)
Monaco's Democratic Republic of Congo striker Shabani Nonda, who was forced to cut short his African Nations Cup trip and return to France midweek because of a flu virus, said Saturday that he was now fit to fly back to Mali to help his team.
Nonda told AFP that he would return to Africa if the DRC won Saturday's Group C first round match against Togo.
"We would have a crucial match to play Tuesday against the Cote d'Ivoire which could qualify us for the quarter-finals and I don't want to miss that," said Nonda.
"But in the case of a defeat against Togo there would be nothing at stake so I would stay in Monaco and prepare for Wednesday's league match against Bordeaux."
Nonda was one of a string of European-based stars to exit the tournament after the departure of Ghana's star defender Samuel Kuffour, who was expelled on Tuesday, and Fulham's Moroccan defender Abdesslam Ouadou, who was drummed out for indiscipline.
"I was simply sick and as I have only limited confidence in the Congolese team doctor I took the decision to return to Monaco for treatment so as not to take risks for the rest of the season," explained Nonda.
 

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Saturday, 26 January, 2002, 18:02 GMT
Morocco top Group B with 2-1 win

Burkina Faso 1-2 Morocco

After the goal drought of the past three games in Segou, the encounter between Morocco and Burkina Faso produced a relative thunderstorm as the North Africans ran out 2-1 winners.

The big hero for the North Africans was their Scottish-based midfielder Hicham Zerouali who scored in each half to claim three vital points for his side in a very tight group.

Zerouali opened the scoring for Morocco in the 23rd minute when he rifled in shot from close range following a cross from the right by Gharib Amzine.

Unfortunately for the Atlas Lions, Amzine was forced to leave the field shortly afterwards with a bad injury.

The Moroccans continued to dominate as Burkina Faso looked a pale shadow of the side which harried and hassled South Africa so effectively last Sunday.

Impressive Dagano

They had no counter to the elusive running of the Moroccan wingers, Zerouali on the right and Adil Ramzi on the left.

The Stallions had a great chance to level matters in the 27th minute when Oumar Barro found himself clear in the penalty area as the Moroccan defence waited in vain for the offside flag.

But though Barro managed to push the ball wide of the advancing Ben Zikri, his shot rolled agonizingly past the left upright.

The impressive Moumouni Dagano equalized for Burkina Faso 11 minutes into the second half with a header after the Moroccan defence failed to clear from a free kick.

There were chances at both ends at the start of the second half when first Barro shot straight at a relieved Benzikri and two minutes later Zerouali's lovely chip struck the Burkina Faso upright.

But just when Burkina Faso were pressing for the winner it was Zerouali who headed home a loose ball after the Stallions defence failed to clear from a corner
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