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Friday 24 November 2017

African Cup of nations reports and fixtures



A Rafik Halliche header just before half-time earned Algeria their first victory of the tournament in Luanda. The World Cup qualifiers went ahead when Halliche met a Karim Ziani free-kick two minutes before half-time and, despite intense Mali pressure, Algeria held out for the victory.

Mali striker Frederic Kanoute was forced to start on the bench after suffering with a cold and only featured for the final half hour. The defeat leaves Mali on a single point from two games.

  • Angola 2 Malawi 0

Hosts Angola avoided another late collapse as second-half strikes from Manucho and Flavio helped them see off surprise package Malawi in Luanda and move to the top of Group A.

The Angolans showed few ill effects from their opening match when they let a 4-0 lead slip against Mali. Angola broke the deadlock in the 48th minute when Manuel Djalma produced another fine cross and Flavio got up to nod the ball past Sanudi and give his side the lead.

And five minutes later Angola took control of the game when Manucho pounced on a mistake by Malawi captain Peter Mponda before sailing a delightful chip into the back of the net.



Faced with the possibility of an early exit from the tournament, favourites Ivory Coast take on a Ghana side making their first appearance in this year's competition. The Elephants dominated Monday's goalless opener with Burkina Faso and Kolo Toure has faith the 1992 winners will reach the knock-out stages.

"I am confident. We are going to work hard to be ready against one of the best teams in Africa," Toure said.

Ghana, who had been due to face Togo in their first game before last week's atrocities, were yesterday refused permission to switch the venue for their final game from Luanda to Cabinda. Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien belatedly joined up with the Ghanaian camp this week after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Group B, 6.30pm (Eurosport)

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