Guinea defeated Gambia 1-0 in the second half of the AFCON 2023 on Friday, taking a significant step towards a spot in the tournament’s final 16, which will take place in the Ivory Coast.
Aguibou Camara scored the game’s winning goal in the second half.
Guinea deservedly won the Group C match at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium thanks to a goal by Camara, who finished off a feed from Morgan Guilavogui.
Senegal, the holders of the table, lead with six points after defeating Cameroon 3-1 earlier in the day. Guinea is currently in second place with four points.
Despite losing their first two games, the Gambia leads Cameroon by a single point.
Guinea will consider themselves as good as through to the final 16 after an impressive performance, with the top two teams from each of the six opening-round groups advancing along with the four best third-place finishers.
Sekou Oumar Sylla squandered a fantastic chance, and Mohamed Bayo, who scored in their opening group game against Cameroon on Monday, struck the woodwork twice.
After a quick passing move, Camara scored, although in the 69th minute, he had to extend his reach to tip the cross into the goal.
Two years ago, during the previous Cup of Nations in Cameroon, Guinea was eliminated in the round of 16 by Gambia during their incredible run. However, this time, the tables were turned when Bayo’s shot in the 33rd minute struck the foot of the upright and bounced away to safety.
In the 61st minute, Sylla had a clear opportunity to score, but he mishandled the ball and it went out of his reach. In the 74th minute, Bayo struck the crossbar once more.
Captain Naby Keita of Guinea returned as a second-half substitute, and he saw his stoppage-time shot pushed off the Gambia line. However, the VfB Stuttgart striker Serhou Guirassy, who has 17 goals in the Bundesliga this season, was not used by Guinea once more.
Guirassy has not yet appeared in the finals after suffering an injury during the pre-tournament training camp in Abu Dhabi.
In the 80th minute, Yankuba Minteh of Gambia had the ball in the net for his team, but it was called offside. Shortly after, Ablie Jallow wasted a chance at the left post.
Tuesday’s match between Guinea and Senegal will decide who finishes first in the group; Gambia needs to defeat Cameroon to have any hope of moving forward.