Sudan goalkeeper Ali Abou Achrine saved a late penalty to ensure they secured a 0-0 draw with Guinea Bissau. This was an AFCON finals’ football match in Garoua on Tuesday. So, among other Africa Cup of Nations football results, Sudan & Guinea-Bissau tie 0-0 in an inauspicious start for both.
Sudan had made a drastic overhaul of their squad just weeks before the tournament. They had to because they had lost all three group games at last month’s Arab Cup.
Indeed, Sudan fired French coach Hubert Velud in response and also dropped many of their regulars ahead of this tournament.
Guinea Bissau next take on Egypt and Sudan meet Nigeria in a double header in Garoua on Saturday.
Africa Cup of Nations Football Results – Sudan & Guinea-Bissau Tie 0-0
Achrine had little difficulty pushing away a poorly-taken kick by midfielder Pele. He then watched on as the follow-up from Piqueti cannoned back off the crossbar.
The goalkeeper turned from villain to hero after having brought down Steve Ambri to give away the spot kick with some eight minutes left of a tepid tussle between two of the tournament’s lesser performing teams.
A minute later Guinea Bissau striker Frederic Mendy had a powerful shot cleared off the line. Meanwhile, Sudan held on for a share of the spoils in the Group D encounter, with both winning a point.
Joseph Mendes had a first chance to score for Guinea Bissau when he dodged away from the Sudan defence. Mendes found space and head a free kick against the upright in the 16th minute. But Sudan keeper Achrine was quick to gather up the rebound.
On the other hand, Sudan’s best effort was on the stroke of halftime when Mohamed Abdelrahman compelled Guinea-Bissau into action. He forced goalkeeper Maurice Gomis to parry away his a stinging shot.