Ghana, Mali qualify but fan deaths overshadow Cup

GERALD IMRAY AP Sports Writer Published:

FRANCEVILLE, Gabon (AP) -- Ghana and Mali were the last teams to qualify for the African Cup of Nations quarterfinals on Wednesday, but the continent's top tournament was overshadowed by violence at a club game in Egypt that left at least 73 people dead.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter called it "a black day for football" after clashes between fans of clubs Al-Ahly and Al-Masry resulted in the worst football violence since 78 were killed in a stampede at a 1996 World Cup qualifier between Guatemala and Costa Rica.

In Gabon, Ghana drew 1-1 with Guinea to win Group D and Mali came from behind to beat Botswana and advance in second spot.