A Naby Keita strike inspired Guinea moved top of Group A in the qualifiers for the 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after their 2-0 victory over Namibia took them to four points, same as Mali who earlier on won by the same margin away to Chad.
Issiaga Sylla and Jose Kante scored in either half to hand the Syli Nationale the three precious points. Sylla bounced back from scoring an own goal in last week’s 2-2 draw with Mali to superbly put Guinea in the lead five minutes to the break.
The left back struck a well timed volley from inside the box after the Namibian backline struggled to clear a cross. It was an emotional goal for Sylla who lost his father just three days to the match and he duly lifted his jersey to dedicate the goal to his late dad.
Guinea had persisted from early on, with Keita having a 19th minute shot from range turned behind for a corner. Kante had another glorious chance in the 24th minute when he turned away from his marker inside the box, but couldn’t muster a good shot beyond the keeper who saved with his feet.
At the stroke of halftime, Ibrahima Conte had a good opportunity when a change of passes saw him break into the box, but his final effort was saved by the keeper.
In the second half, Guinea continued to push and they thought they had a second in the 56th minute, but Conte’s goal was ruled out for offside. But, the Guineans went 2-0 up after 69 minutes when Kante scored with a volley after the Namibian keeper had spilled a cross from the right.
Meanwhile in Brazzaville, Congo trashed Guinea Bissau 3-0 to bounce back from their opening day loss away to Senegal.
Prince Ibarra gave the Red Devils a 1-0 lead after 10 minutes, a score-line they held on to till halftime. The Djurtus offered some strong resistance in the second half but they would ultimately crumble, Silvere Genvoula and Junior Makiesse scoring in the 76th and 80th minutes to cement the victory.
With the win, Congo moved to second in Group I with three points same as Guinea Bissau, but sit above as they have a better goal difference. Senegal remains top of the group after their 4-1 victory away to eSwatini took them to six points.