Mahatma Osumanu Otoo
won their first All Africa Games
title when they beat South Africa
4-2 on penalties in the final played at the national Stadium in Maputo, on Saturday night.
South Africa seemed destined to win the gold medal when Riaan Eugene scored in the 86th minute but they conceded a controversial penalty in referee’s optional time, which Osumanu Otoo converted to send the game into extra time.
With no breakthrough being made in the additional 30 minutes penalties were need to decide the outcome and misses from Jabulani Shongwe and Eugene gifted Ghana the gold medal.
Cameroon's women have won All-Africa Games gold for the first time by beating Ghana 1-0 in the women's football final at Maputo's national stadium.
Madeleine Mani Ngono headed in a cross in the 56th minute in an uninspiring contest that was played in front of a very small crowd.
The victory is Cameroon's greatest achievement in women's football, although Ghana did not bring their strongest side to the competition.
"We're very pleased, but Nigeria are still the best team in Africa," said Cameroon coach Enow Ngachu.
Cameroon vs. Senegal
have something to show for their All Africa Games
campaign, after the defending champions beating Senegal
in the third-place play-off.
Goalkeeper Jean Efala was the hero, first saving a penalty in normal time and then denying Dame Diop in the shoot out as Cameroon won 5-4 on penalties. The two teams were tied at 1-1 after normal time.
The match, played at the Maxaquene Stadium, on Friday afternoon, saw a typical bruising encounter between the two West African rivals with neither team holding an outright advantage.
AAG: Cameroon vs. Ghana
advanced to the Final of the All Africa Games Men’s Tournament
after a narrow 1-0 win over bitter rivals Cameroon
at the Maxaquene Stadium in Maputo, on Wednesday afternoon.
Ghana will now take on South Africa Saturday evening at the National Stadium, with the latter enjoying a psychological edge over their opponents, having won their group encounter 1-0, last Wednesday.
Cameroon’s technical team will we asking how they managed to lose this game, after their team dominated possession for most of the 90 minutes.
South Africa vs. Senegal
secured a place in the final of the All Africa Games Men’s Tournament
when they beat Senegal
6-5 in a penalty shoot out at the Maxaquene Stadium, on Tuesday afternoon.
The two teams could not be separated after 120 minutes of normal and extra time and the dreaded penalty shoot out was needed to decide the first semi-final.
Goalkeeper Nhlanhla Khuzwayo proved to be the hero for the South Africans, keeping Senegal at bay in normal time and then saving Ibrahima Ba’s spot kick to win the match for Amaglug-glug.
The occasion of the semi-final got to both teams as nerves robbed the first half of any real chances with both Khuzwayo and his counterpart, Ousmane Mane, having little to do in the opening 45 minutes.
Cameroon players celebrate
secured the three points they needed to win Group B of the All Africa Games Men Tournament
when they beat Senegal
1-0 at the Maxaquene Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams had already booked their places in the final four at the expense of Uganda in the three-team group, but faced off to decide the final standings on the table.
The game followed the pattern of the previous two games in the Group where a direct, physical approach was considered at a higher premium than keeping the ball in possession.
The game was a scrappy encounter as both teams tried to assert their physical domination of the other and referee Hamada Nampiandraza had his hands full keeping the players in check through warning and cards. It came at a price, as the match was a stop-start affair.
Ghana players celebrate
Osumanu Otoo scored a first half hat-trick as Ghana
4-3 in the All Africa Games Mens Tournament
at Machava Stadium, on Saturday afternoon.
In arguably the match of the tournament so far, the seven-goal thriller had all the ingredients for a humdinger, with the added suspense of a host nation trying to remain in the tournament.
The Mozambique women’s team had exited the tournament earlier in the day in an unsavory fashion, losing 7-1 to Algeria and the men’s team seemed poised to follow a similar embarrassing path when they went into the break 3-0 down, courtesy of a hat-trick by Osumanu Otoo.
began the All Africa Games
campaign on a positive note beating Uganda
2-1 at the Maxaquene Stadium, in Maputo.
The result sends Uganda out of the tournament and means both Senegal and Cameroon are through to the next stage. The two teams will meet on Sunday with the outcome deciding positions one and two on the table.
The group was reduced to three teams after the withdrawal of Madagascar and Libya and the redrawing of the groups into teams of three in the men’s section of the Tournament.
Uganda had adopt a negative physical approach in their 0-0 draw with Cameroon in the opening game but looked to be more positive against the Senegalese in the opening half but were unable to create any clear cut chances on goal.
T. Sangweni battles with R. Mpong
marched into the semifinals of the All Africa Games
Mens Tournament after securing a 1-0 victory over Ghana
at the Maxaquene Stadium, in Maputo.
Bongumusa Ntombela proved to be the super sub as he scored with his first touch after coming on as a substitute in the 79th minute to give the South Africa their second victory of the tournament.
Shakes Mashaba’s team opened their proceedings with a 3-1 win over hosts Mozambique on Sunday and have maximum points from the two matches. Ghana and Mozambique will go head-to-head on Saturday with a place alongside South Africa in the semis at stake.