African Cup of Nations: THE Junior Agogo wins one for Ghana

Today’s Games: Nigeria vs. Mali, Ivory Coast vs. Benin

Ghana 1, Namibia 0

It was a hard fought game for the Ghanaians, but they were rescued from disappointment by former Colorado and San Jose striker Junior Agogo. Agogo is now plying his trade with League One side Nottingham Forest after capitalizing on a decent couple seasons with League Two side (and recent Fulham destroyer) Bristol Rovers. More importantly, Agogo saved fellow teammate Asamoah Gyan from a very disappointing night after Gyan missed a wide open chance to put the Ghanaians in front. Agogo did it with class, backheeling a Sulley Muntari free kick into the side netting and demoralizing the tough Namibian defense.

Guinea 3, Morocco 2

The Guineans continue to surprise the hell out of every pundit, coach, and player at the tournament. What many don’t understand is that their underdog status is a bit questionable with the likes of Ismael Bangoura (Dynamo Kiev), Pascal Feinduono (Saint Etienne), Souleymane Youla (Lille), and Bobo Balde (Celtic – soon to be somewhere else) on their squad. Feinduono started the show with a left footed blast in the 11th minute putting Morocco on the back pedal. That result stuck until 10 minutes after the break when Guinea’s other star Bangoura knocked one home, leaving the Moroccans at a crossroads. Morocco fought back, however, less than 60 seconds later – making it 2-1, but Feinduono countered the goal with one of his own, 3-1 Guinea. Then, the Saint Etienne star made the biggest mistake of the young tournament – lashing out at Elamin Erbate with a kick and getting a straight red. It will be interesting to see what Guinea can do against Ghana without him, but my guess is that it’ll be an uphill climb.

Standings

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