By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Guinea national football team at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Cameroon have eliminated Rwanda from the competition after a 1-0 victory at Stade Omnisports, Limbe, on Sunday.
The Syli National of Guinea started the game in their usual fashion with the possessive style of play which gave the Rwandans paltry ball possession.
Emmanuel Imanishimwe’s cross from the left flank in the ninth minute was headed over the bar by the captain, Jacques Tuyisenge.
Kante Mory was sent off in the 14th minute after his challenge on Rwanda’s captain Jacques Tuyisenge led to him being stretched out of the field.
Referee Mostafa Akarkad from Morocco consulted the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) monitor before taking his final decision.
Ernest Sugira replaced Jacques Tuyisenge afterward.
The Guineans regained their momentum and dominated the possession with ten men cushioning the numerical advantage.
In the 50th minute, Rwandan goalkeeper, Olivier Kwizera fouled a Guinean player close to the penalty area in a one on one situation. The referee consulted the VAR and awarded a red card to Kwizera for a professional foul.
Second choice goalkeeper, Yves Kimenyi replaced Lague Byiringiro.
The resulting free-kick was expertly slotted into the top right corner of the net by Morlaye Sylla in the 57th minute to give Guinea the lead.
In the 65th minute, Olivier Niyonzima’s header hit the crossbar for what should have been the equalising goal for Rwanda.
Guinea will now face the Eagles of Mali in the semi-final for a chance to make it to the final of the tournament.
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