Egypt claim last place in African Nations Cup quarterfinals

Posted January 26, 2017

Egypt have claimed the final Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final spot as Group D winners with a 1-0 win over Ghana this evening.

Alain Giresse's men came into the game needing a win to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout stages, but as it turned out they would have crashed out regardless of their result after Egypt beat Ghana in the pool's other game.

Kickoff from Port Gentil.

"It's hard to come out and play for a draw. I am not as happy with the performance as I would like but I think given who we were up against I have to be satisfied", said Cuper.

"This won't be a one-sided game, Egypt is a great team and they know how to play good football".

Ghana had already qualified.

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Gyan was making his 99th worldwide appearance and was looking to score his 50th goal for his country, but he went down with what looked like a groin injury towards the end of the first half and eventually came off.

The Black Stars want to win their final Group D game against Egypt in Port Gentil on Wednesday.

Uganda, meanwhile, scored their first goal at an Africa Cup of Nations finals for 39 years as they bowed out of the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Mali on waterlogged pitch on Wednesday.

Barnsley full-back Andy Yiadom will be making his Ghana and AFCON debut as he starts on the right side of defence with regular right back Harrison Afful shifted to the left.

In what proved nearly unplayable conditions at Stade d'Oyem, Uganda managed to register their first goal in Gabon, and indeed a first at the AFCON finals since 1978, and it proved to be a real collector's piece from Faruku Miya, whose long-range shot flew into the back of the net.