Guinea destroy Botswana
Guinea v Botswana (Gallo Images)
Franceville - Guinea played a whole other ball game as they destroyed Botswana six goals to one here on Saturday. Sadio Diallo netted a brace, Botswana had to retake a penalty, and the Syli National also had a goal disallowed.
Guinea were matching the record victory margin for a Nations Cup match and are only the third team after Egypt in 1963 and Ivory Coast in 1970 to have scored six goals in a tournament match.
The two teams were welcomed onto the field to a near-empty stadium as they kicked-off the match in a quiet and controlled manner. The first significant chance came on 14 minutes. Mamadou Bah hit a powerful long range shot which saw Botswana’s ‘keeper Modiri Marumo do well to push the ball away for a corner.
The resulting corner was vital for the Syli National as they broke the deadlock. The lines were cleared by the Botswana backline but it was Ibrahima Traore who pulled his ball back from the by-line to assist Sadio Diallo with a crisp finish into the net.
But five minutes after the goal strange scenes occurred around Franceville’s stadium as Botswana were awarded a penalty out of the blue.
SuperSport United’s Dipsy Selolwane took the penalty but it was saved by Naby Yattara. However, he was given a chance to retake it as the goalkeeper was spotted off his line. Dipsy’s second attempt from the spot did the trick as he pulled his side level.
Nevertheless, there was soon to be another goal at the stadium as Guinea regained the lead just two minutes later through Diallo again. Abdoul Camara was a force up the flank and we worked his way to the left by-line to pull the ball back, allowing Sadio Diallo to strike it in at close range.
Three minutes before the half, Guinea put the result practically beyond doubt as Abdoul Camara made it 3-1 against the Zebras. The No 7 struck from a quick free-kick that left Marumo helpless in goal.
It almost seemed surreal for Stanley Tshosane’s side as Patrick Motsepe, who had come on in the first half as a sub, was shown an instant red for making a studs-up challenge. The free-kick from the challenge resulted in another goal as Traore curled a great ball in, which rebounded off the post and into the net to make it 4-1 at the half time break.
The restart started in the same fashion as the first, as it took for the first ten minutes to see Guinea unleash a shot that flew just high of the goals by Diallo.
Michel Dussuyer’s side went close again when Pascal Feinduono fired in a long shot that kissed the underside of the crossbar, dropped down over the line, but the goal was disallowed.
Despite their comfortable lead, Guinea continued to push forward but Ismael Bangoura continued to see his shots go astray when he made a turn and unleash his shot that kissed the outside of the post to go wide.
Eight minutes from the 90, the Guinea ‘keeper was called into action as he ran off his line to punch out a Botswana corner, but it wasn’t the end as the Syli National struck two late goals to make it 6-1.
Mamdou Bah took a long range effort that deflected off Boitumelo Mafoko and flew into the back of the net, while moments later Naby Soumah struck a low range effort across the goal to beat Marumo.