Mali, Guinea await drawing of lots
Seven of the eight quarter-final slots have already been sorted at the on-going Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Equatorial Guinea.
But one place awaits a final decision after Mali and Guinea were tied in all aspects in contention for second spot after playing three Group D matches.
The two West African nations will await a draw of lots at the Confederation of African Football competition’s organising committee in Malabo at 15:00 GMT on Thursday.
Two balls with hidden Mali and Guinea’s identification will be placed in a pool and a CAF official will take one chance to pick out one lucky side that will face four-time winners Ghana in Sunday’s fixture in Malabo.
All this comes after Henryk Kaspercazk’s side played out a 1-1 draw with the Conakry-assembled team at the Estadio de Mongomo on Wednesday night.
The result meant they could not be separated by the head-to-head record and further had number of goals scored and conceded.
Guinea led the proceedings through Kevin Constant’s well converted penalty after Salif Coulibaly handled in the area.
And the 2013 bronze winners Mali should have found resolute immediately, only for skipper Seydou Keita to miscue a penalty.
The equalizer finally came late on when Modibo Maiga met Aboulay Diaby’s cross in the 47th minute to ensure both sides finished level.
by Darren Allan