Africa Cup of Nations - Group B
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Afcon 2021: Salima Mukansanga makes history as Guinea reach last 16

By Ian WilliamsBBC Sport Africa at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde
Salima Mukansanga during the Guinea vs Zimbabwe game
Salima Mukansanga (centre) brandished six yellow cards during an assured refereeing display

Guinea reached the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations despite losing their final Group B match 2-1 against already-eliminated Zimbabwe.

Knowledge Musona's downward header and Kudakwashe Mahachi's low strike put the Warriors two up at half-time.

Guinea captain Naby Keita replied with a stunning goal in Yaounde, in a match which saw referee Salima Mukansanga make history.

The Rwandan, 35, became the first woman to referee a Nations Cup game.

Guinea finish second in the group table, ahead of Malawi on head-to-head record after the Flames drew 0-0 with Senegal.

The West Africans will now face the runners-up from Group F on Monday, 24 January but will be without Liverpool midfielder Keita, who will be suspended after picking up his second booking at the tournament.

Warriors end 16-year wait for win

Zimbabwe celebrate against Guinea
Zimbabwe could not progress to the knock-out stages after losing their first two games in Cameroon

The opening goal came in the 26th minute when Guinea could only half-clear a corner that Never Tigere curled invitingly back into the danger zone for the unmarked Musona to glance home.

Mukansanga's first real involvement came when she brandished her first yellow card, booking Ibrahima Cisse for a raised elbow.

Zimbabwe were able to take advantage of their lethargic opponents two minutes before the break when Syli Nationale failed to react to a quickly taken free-kick, the move eventually resulting in a low drive from Mahachi that should have been saved but instead squirmed under the body of Aly Keita.

Coached by former Arsenal forward Kaba Diawara and cheered on by several groups of noisy supporters, Guinea improved after half-time.

Skipper Keita produced the game's one moment of true class in the 49th minute, cutting in from the right flank and unleashing an unstoppable rising left-foot drive that flew across keeper Talbert Shumba and into the top corner.

Driven on by Keita, Guinea created several more good chances, the best of which saw Mamadou Diallo denied by Shumba's sprawling save following a scramble in the box.

However, Zimbabwe held out to claim their first Nations Cup win since 2006, although they still finish bottom of Group B.

Mukansanga showed six yellow cards in total but, having previously refereed at the Tokyo Olympics last year, looked assured throughout her landmark outing in the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo.

Salima Mukansanga during the Guinea vs Zimbabwe game
Salima Mukansanga is one of four female officials at this year's Nations Cup

Line-ups

Zimbabwe

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 21ShumbaBooked at 55mins
  • 2Murwira
  • 20Muduhwa
  • 5Takwara
  • 12Kangwa
  • 13Kamusoko
  • 16MahachiBooked at 86minsSubstituted forChimwemweat 88'minutes
  • 11Tigere
  • 17MusonaSubstituted forBhaseraat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 3ZemuraSubstituted forKadewereat 75'minutes
  • 19MuskweSubstituted forDubeat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mhari
  • 9Moyo
  • 10Kadewere
  • 14Bhasera
  • 18Dube
  • 22Chimwemwe
  • 23Mapisa

Guinea

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Keita
  • 17Kanté
  • 13Camara
  • 4Conté
  • 7CisséBooked at 34mins
  • 14Kourouma KouroumaSubstituted forSyllaat 63'minutes
  • 19KanéBooked at 90mins
  • 8KeïtaBooked at 90mins
  • 3SyllaSubstituted forKonatéat 88'minutes
  • 21KabaSubstituted forBayoat 63'minutes
  • 9KantéSubstituted forDialloat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Sylla
  • 5Sow
  • 11Bayo
  • 12Conté
  • 15Dyrestam
  • 18Soumah
  • 20Konaté
  • 22Koné
  • 24Konaté
  • 25Diallo
  • 26Camara
  • 27Siby
Referee:
Salima Mukansanga

Match Stats

Home TeamZimbabweAway TeamGuinea
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home16
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Zimbabwe 2, Guinea 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Zimbabwe 2, Guinea 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Zimbabwe. Never Tigere tries a through ball, but Tinotenda Kadewere is caught offside.

  4. Booking

    Mamadou Kané (Guinea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Mamadou Kané (Guinea).

  6. Post update

    Tinotenda Kadewere (Zimbabwe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Never Tigere (Zimbabwe) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  8. Booking

    Naby Keïta (Guinea) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Booking

    Onismor Bhasera (Zimbabwe) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Mohamed Bayo (Guinea).

  11. Post update

    Talbert Shumba (Zimbabwe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Guinea. Conceded by Godknows Murwira.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Zimbabwe. Takudzwa Chimwemwe replaces Kudakwashe Mahachi.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Guinea. Pa Konaté replaces Issiaga Sylla because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Mamadou Kané (Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tinotenda Kadewere (Zimbabwe).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Morlaye Sylla (Guinea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ibrahima Cissé.

  18. Booking

    Kudakwashe Mahachi (Zimbabwe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Mamadou Lamarana Diallo (Guinea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Kudakwashe Mahachi (Zimbabwe).

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon32107347
2Burkina Faso31113304
3Cape Verde31112204
4Ethiopia301226-41

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Senegal31201015
2Guinea31112204
3Malawi31112204
4Zimbabwe310234-13

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco32105237
2Gabon31204315
3Comoros310235-23
4Ghana301235-21

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nigeria22004136
2Egypt21011103
3Guinea-Bissau201101-11
4Sudan201113-21

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ivory Coast21103214
2Equatorial Guinea21011103
3Sierra Leone20202202
4Algeria201101-11

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gambia21102114
2Mali21102114
3Tunisia21014133
4Mauritania200205-50
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