AFCON 2024: Ghana Falters, Namibia Shocks, and Mali Grabs First Place

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African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Updates

The Black Stars of Ghana failed to secure a victory against Cape Verde in the ongoing AFCON tournament, It was their fourth consecutive group stage defeat. Issues relating to strategy, player roles, and substitutions contributed to their downfall. The Ghana team is currently ranked at the bottom of Group B with zero points. The next game for the Black Stars is a face-off with Egypt.

Highlights and Low Points

In another match, Mali notched a victory against South Africa, thanks to timely goals from Hamari Traore and Lassine Sinayoko. Despite a missed penalty and multiple squandered chances, South Africa remains hopeful as they prepare to meet Namibia in their next encounter. On the other hand, Mali, basking in the glory of their win, gear up to take on Tunisia.

AFCON: A Glittering Display of African Football

The 34th edition of AFCON was inaugurated on January 13. The host nation, Ivory Coast, kicked off the event on a high note, registering a 2-0 victory against Guinea Bissau. Stade Alassane Ouattara in Ebimpe, Ivory Coast, known for being the most modern football stadium in Africa, is the hub for this year’s tournament. This bears testament to the economic progress being made in the host country.

The championship has been graced by winners like Senegal, Cameroon, Egypt, Nigeria, and Zambia in the past. The ongoing competition is being broadcasted on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event in the UK, as well as beIN SPORTS in the US.

Unexpected Wins and Losses

Namibia stunned previous champions Tunisia with a 1-0 win, recording a historic first victory in the Africa Cup of Nations. This victory featured among the six unexpected outcomes from the tournament’s first 10 matches. Namibia is slated to play against South Africa and Mali next.

Meanwhile, Burkina Faso monopolized their match against Mauritania with a 1-0 win. On a similar winning streak, Mali marked the beginning of AFCON 2024 with a 2-0 victory over South Africa, securing the top spot in Group E with 3 points.

Reflecting on Nigeria’s 1-1 draw with Equatorial Guinea, Terem Moffi, the striker of the Super Eagles, emphasized the need for Nigeria to optimize their goal-scoring opportunities in their upcoming group game at the AFCON tournament. The Super Eagles will be battling Cote d’Ivoire, who currently hold the top position in Group A. Interestingly, both the Super Eagles and Equatorial Guinea have an equal number of points in the present standings.


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