Ghana seals place in African Cup quarterfinals

GERALD IMRAY AP Sports Writer Published:

FRANCEVILLE, Gabon (AP) -- Ghana sealed its place in the quarterfinals at the African Cup of Nations with a 1-1 draw against 10-man Guinea on the final day of group matches on Wednesday.

Guinea was eliminated when Mali beat Botswana 2-1 in Group D's other game to go through.

Ghana, which only needed a point to progress as group winner, led in the 28th minute at Stade de Franceville through a long-range volley by Emmanuel Agyemang Badu.

Guinea equalized in first-half stoppage time when Abdoul Razzagui Camara's attempted cross looped over 'keeper Adam Kwarasey and into the far corner.

Guinea pushed forward desperately in the second half and strikers Sadio Diallo and Ismael Bangoura both came close before Mamadou Dioulde Bah was sent off in the 70th.