AFCON:Guinea draw with Madagascar as Nigeria defeat Burundi

AFCON:Guinea draw with Madagascar as Nigeria defeat Burundi
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Guinea played to a two-all-draw against Madagascar, while Nigeria overpowered Burundi by a single goal as the first matches in group B kicked off.

Guinea started off the game very well, taking the match to the islanders in the entire first half.

Madagascar defended well in the early stages of the game but only until the 34th minute when Sorry Kaba beat the offside trip, so that Melvin Adrien gave Guinea the breakthrough.

In the second half, Madagascar were the ones who got quickly off the mark as Anicet Andrianantenaina got the equalizer for Barea with only four minutes of the final half played.

That goal was followed by another one in a space of four minutes as Madagascar took an unexpected lead. This time it was Carolus Andriamahitsinoro on the scoresheet.

Guinea were given a penalty and François Kamano made no mistake and enabled the two-all.

With no side finding the back of the net again, it ended that way as Madagascar shocked one of the group favorites

In the same group Odion Ighalo's only goal gave Nigeria their first three points of the competition.

Second half substitute Ighalo benefited from Temitayo Aina’s back hill pass that took the whole Burundian defence out of the game.

The former English Premier League striker coolly put the ball past Jonathan Nahimana in Burundi’s goal.

Despite the defeat Burundi Coach Olivier Niyungeko will be proud of his team’s performance as they pushed the Super Eagles all the way.

In Group A: After Egypt beat Zimbabwe by a goal to nil in the 2019 African Cup of Nations opening match, Uganda further improved “The Pharaos” chances as they beat DRC by two goals to nil.

Uganda were the better of the two sides from the word go and it was not surprising that Patrick Kaddu's header gave them the lead in the 14th minute of the game.

The Ugandan National team, also known as “The Cranes” continued with their dominance - particularly with the aerial balls in the second half.

It was another headed ball that doubled their lead. This time it was through Emmanuel Okwi's looping ball.

The victory put Uganda on top of group A ahead of hosts Egypt on goal difference seeing that both teams are on three points.