Ghana Black Stars will go into today’s quarterfinal match against Guinea’s Syli Nationale at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea to maintain their unbeaten runs.
Over the years, both sides have been slugging it out football wise with the Black Stars maintaining an unbeaten record in the continent’s biggest showpiece (three wins and two draws from five matches), and also took four points off Syli Nationale in the qualifying phase for this tournament, drawing 1-1 in neutral Casablanca before winning 3-1 in Tamale.
Syli Nationale ended with the exact same record as Mali in Group D and advanced after a drawing of lots. After holding all of Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Mali to 1-1 draws, it seems only fair that Guinea would have a chance to test itself in the knockout stages, but there’s no doubt that luck has been on its side.
However, coach Michel Dussuyer’s side has had to overcome a tough qualifying campaign in which it was unable to play at home due to the Ebola epidemic, before holding its own in arguably the toughest group of the tournament.
“I think that our qualification is not just luck as we deserve it given our performances even if we suffered at times,” said Guinea’s attacker, Ibrahima Traore.