By GBOLAHAN DADA
Monday, September 05, 2011Guinea last night recorded a 1-0 victory over Ethiopia to consolidate her leadership position of group 2 of the 2012 Nations Cup qualifier, shortly after Nigeria’s superlative 2-0 win against Madagascar.
Guinea’s only goal came in the 32nd minute from Bobo Balde’s header. The victory now puts Guinea back on top of the group with clear 13 points lead ahead of Nigeria’s 10 points on the table.
But Nigeria has a great chance to upstage Guinea next month when both sides meet in the last duel of the qualifying series in Abuja. Super Eagles just needed 2 goals to claim the Nations Cup ticket.
There is hope that coach Samson Siasia technical crew would be able to perform the impossible. It is definitely a despair for Nigeria as Guinea will not want the ticket to slip off her fingers.
Only an outright victory could guarantee Nigeria a place in the Nations Cup and anything short of that is nothing. It’s going to be a tense game in Abuja next month when Nigeria hosts Guinea.
Meanwhile, after a first half devoid of goals, the Angolans finally hit the back of the net through none other than Manucho in minute 57. A second finish from the irrepressible Flavio Amado padded the lead and gave Lito Vidigal’s men what could prove to be a highly significant win should they emerge trimphant in Guinea-Bissau and see Kenya holds the Cranes in Kampala on the final day.
The home team came into the match with nothing but pride to play for, while the visitors from the north of the continent needed to avoid defeat at all cost in order to stay within touching distance of Group I leader, Ghana, who had beaten Swaziland the day before and taken a three point lead on Mohamed Abdalla’s squad.
The game looked to be headed for a goalless draw when Sudan’s Bakri Almadina popped up to score one of the most important goals of his career to pull his country level on points with the Black Stars.
Now the “Falcons of Jediane” are facing another must-win in their final fixture, but this time, they will be benefitting from massive local support in Khartoum when they take on Ghana in a match that will determine who qualifies.