• Zambia tops Group A after beating E.Guinea, both make quarters

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  • Zambia beat co-hosts Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in their final group A games sunday. both teams qualified for the quarter finals.(Photo courtesy CAF)Zambia beat co-hosts Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in their final group A games sunday. both teams qualified for the quarter finals.(Photo courtesy CAF)
Jan 30, 2012-

Zambia inflicted the first defeat to the co-hosts Equatorial Guinea 1-0 to win Group A and book a place in the quarter final of the Africa Cup of Nations .

Co-hosts Equatorial Guinea lost for the first time in the competition but the Malabo result ensures that both sides qualify for the quarter finals from this group which also saw Libya finish third after beating disappointing Senegal 2-1 leaving the Teranga Lions in fourth place in the group.

The match in Malabo,saw Equatorial Guinea get off to a cagey start as both sides sizing up the other up with the co-hosts looked slightly more adventurous but without really threatening Kennedy Mweene ‘s goal.

Chipolopolo of Zambia looked contend to let their opponents dominate the early possession while they counter attacked. Zambia looked dangerous though whenever they ventured into the Equatorial Guinea box and Emmanuel Mayuka’s header sailed just over the bar after a lovely cross from Rainford Kalaba.

The best chance for the co-hosts in the first half fell to Ivan Bolado when a through pass from Juvenal Edjogo saw him onto the goal but Mweene charged off his goal line to block the shot.

Mweene was called upon to deal with a shot from Equatorial Guinea captain Edjogo and the South African based goalkeeper showed his usual agility catching comfortably the effort from long range.

Zambia upped the tempo upon resumption and Mayuka and Katongo were soon keeping the home side defence busy as the play opened up.

In the 67th minute Zambian pressure paid off when captain Chris Katongo picked up a throw in and went on a diagonal run beating two defenders before firing into the bottom right hand corner past a diving Danilo for the opening goal.

Equatorial Guinea found themselves behind for the first time in the competition and the response to going down did not seem to threaten Zambia who looked in control still.

Tonight, the only team from the East African region Sudan will be looking for an outright win when they play Burkina Faso as cup favourites Ivory Coast takes on Angola.





  • Finals:
    12/02/2012Cote d'ivoire 0-0 (7-8 pen.) Zambia   
    Semi finals:
    08/02/2012 Ghana     0 - 1Zambia   
    08/02/2012  Mali     0 - 1Cote d'Ivoire    
    Quarter finals:
    04/02/2012  Sudan0 - 3Zambia   
    04/02/2012  E.Guinea3 - 0Cote d'Ivoire    
    05/02/2012  Gabon4-5(Pen)Mali   
    05/02/2012  Ghana2-1(ET)Tunisia  
     21/01/2012  E.Guinea1 - 0Libya    
    21/01/2012  Senegal1 - 2Zambia    
    25/01/2012  Libya2 - 2Zambia    
    25/01/2012  E.Guinea2 - 1Senegal    
     29/01/2012  E.Guinea0 - 1Zambia    
     29/01/2012  Libya2 - 1Senegal    
    22/01/2012  Cote d'Ivoire1 - 0Sudan    
    22/01/2012  Burkina Faso1 - 2Angola    
    26/01/2012  Sudan2 - 2Angola    
    26/01/2012  Cote d'Ivoire2 - 0Burkina Faso    
    30/01/2012  Sudan2 - 1Burkina Faso    
     30/01/2012  Cote d'Ivoire2 - 0Angola    
    23/01/2012  Gabon2 - 0Niger    
     23/01/2012  Morocco1 - 2Tunisia    
    27/01/2012  Niger1 - 2Tunisia    
    27/01/2012  Gabon3 - 2Morocco    
    31/01/2012  Gabon1 - 0 Tunisia    
    31/01/2012  Niger0 - 1Morocco    
     24/01/2012  Ghana1 - 0Botswana    
     24/01/2012  Mali1 - 0Guinea    
    28/01/2012  Botswana1 - 6Guinea    
    28/01/2012  Ghana2 - 0Mali    
    01/02/2012  Botswana1- 2Mali    
    01/02/2012  Ghana1- 1Guinea    
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