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23.01.2008 Sports News

Ghana vrs Namibia

By Accra Mail
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Ghana's Black Stars will tomorrow play their Namibian
counterparts in the second round of matches in Group A of
the ongoing Africa Cup of Nation tournament.

Morocco lead the group on goal difference after thrashing the Namibian by 5-1 in the first round. Ghana also beat Guinea 2-1 in the opening match.

Nigeria will recover - says Vogts
Nigeria coach Berti Vogts said his team will qualify for the
quarter-finals despite their 1-0 defeat by Ivory Coast in their
opening Group B match.

“We have lost against the best team in Africa,” said the 61-year-old German.

“But we will be back. Two years ago, we lost the first game and we qualified for the knockout stage.”

Nigeria are still to face Mali, who they now trail by three points, after Freddie Kanoute's penalty gave them a 1-0 victory over Benin.

Ivory Coast earned their hard-fought victory thanks to a superb individual goal in the second-half from Chelsea's Salomon Kalou.

The win was a repeat of the semi-finals of the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where the Super Eagles were also defeated 1-0 after a Didier Drogba strike.

And following the win on Monday, the Chelsea and Ivory Coast frontman believes the Elephants have one foot in the knockout stages.

“It is an important victory because we won against our main rival for top spot in the group,” Drogba said.

“Nigeria were the most dangerous team and I think the most important thing has been done.”

Stand-in Ivory Coast coach Gerard Gili, the replacement for Uli Stielike who is absent for family reasons, insisted Nigeria were a tough team to break down.

“The players worked hard against a very solid team. Our tournament has started in the best possible way,” he said.

“Now we have to be as professional as we've been when we prepare the other games.”

The next Group B matches take place on Friday in Sekondi where Ivory Coast play Benin before Nigeria take on Mali.

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