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Ghana face Guinea in group decider


Ghana and Guinea will be fighting for a place in the quarterfinals when they meet in the last of their 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Group D clash at the Stade de Franceville in Gabon tonight.

The Ghanaians need a point to be assured of qualification while Guinea will be in search of maximum points as they try to qualify ahead of Mali, who take Botswana in the other decider.

The Black Stars top the group with six points, with Guinea and Mali tied on three, while Botswana are yet to pick up a point in the first appearance at the tournament.

Should Guinea and Mali emerge victorious it would leave the top three teams on six points each and head-to-head results would have to considered, which would exclude the results against bottom-of-the-group side Botswana.

The Black Stars started with an unconvincing 1-0 win over Botswana but stepped up a gear to beat fellow their West Africans, Mali, 2-0.

The National Elephants on the other hand bounced back from their 1-0 loss to Mali to record an emphatic 6-1 over the Zebras of Botswana.

Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer says although they have respect for Ghana they are going into the match with nothing but a win in their minds.

“The game against Ghana will be like the final for us,” Dussuyer told VibeGhana. “They are a very good side and their track record during the Nations Cup and the World Cup is there to see.

“They are not only tournament favourites but also they have very good players to trouble any team and we have a lot of respect for them.

“We must beat Ghana at all costs and we know that cannot be compromised.”

Dussuyer has no problems with injuries and suspensions in his camp and will have a full side to choose from.

For Ghana, captain John Mensah and Hoffenheim defender Isaac Vorsah are free to play after serving out their suspensions, although that leaves the coach with a tough decision when selecting his central defence with John Boye also on form.

The two sides last met in 2008 with Ghana winning the match 2-1 thanks to goal from Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari,while Oumar Kalabane scored for Guinea.

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