Already eliminated Zimbabwe upset Guinea with a 2-1 victory in the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Yaounde on Tuesday, although Guinea will still progress to the last 16 in second place in Group B.
Captain Knowledge Musona and Kudakwashe Mahachi both scored in the first half and gave Zimbabwe a bye win after losing their first two games as bottom of the group.
Naby Keita scored for Guinea early in the second half but they couldn’t find an equaliser. The Liverpool midfielder was cautioned late in the game for a disagreement and is set to miss another knockout game for Guinea in another blow.
Senegal finished top of their group after a goalless draw against Malawi in Bafoussam. Malawi was tied with Guinea on four points, but Guinea finished second based on their head-to-head result.
Guinea had the first chance of the game when Zimbabwe goalkeeper Talbert Shumba came out to chase a ball but came up short, giving Sory Kaba a chance to score in the 24th minute.
Yes the center forward missed his shot and Zimbabwe defender Bruce Kangwa was able to save it with a touch.
Two minutes later, Musona opened the scoring, rising unmarked in the middle of Guinea’s defense and heading in from close range.
January 18, 2022 Referee Salima Mukansanga shakes the hand of Zimbabwe’s Jordan Zemura after the game REUTERS
A second goal followed two minutes before half-time when Mahachi fired a left-footed shot under the body of Guinea’s goalkeeper Aly Keita.
Guinea got off to a good start in the second half as Keita slammed the ball into the net to pull one back.
An exciting second half began as Guinea pressed for an equaliser, but a provisional side Zimbabwe held on to complete a 14-game winless streak dating back to last March.
“We go home with a certain pride and that’s important to us,” said coach Norman Mapeza.
The game was refereed by the first woman to referee a game at the finals – 35-year-old Rwandan Salima Mukansanga, who grew increasingly weary of Keita’s ongoing complaints about wasting time in Zimbabwe and booked him at the last minute.
It was his second first-round caution and means he will now miss Guinea’s round of 16 game in Bafoussam on January 24 against Group F runners-up, whose identity will be decided on Thursday.
Zimbabwe were already out of contention and became the first team to be mathematically eliminated after Thursday’s loss to Malawi.