Guinea secured a U23 Africa Cup of Nations semifinal spot on Friday evening, coming from a goal down to draw 1-1 against Ghana, who crashed out of the competition.

The Guineans ended up second behind hosts Morocco, who topped Group A after edging Congo 1-0 in a simultaneous match.

A tense atmosphere at the Ibn-Batouta Stadium in Tangier saw the Young Syli National advance thanks to Ibrahima Fofana’s fierce strike. His goal cancelled Emmanuel Yeboah’s lead and caused an upset for Guinea.

Ghana is fully aware they must redeem themselves following their 5-1 loss to the tournament hosts, Morocco, on Tuesday as they failed to capitalise on their lead against Guinea.

Ghana coach Ibrahim Tanko expressed disappointment following their elimination.

“It’s a big disappointment to be out of the tournament,” said Tanko during the post-match press conference. We apologize to everyone back in Ghana. We are also disappointed in ourselves,” he added.

The competition continues on Tuesday – The first three nations will get their ticket for the Summer Olympics in 2024.

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