Guinea opened their African Nations Championship campaign in style when they hammered Namibia 3-0 at Limbe Omni Sport Stadium,Cameroon.
Horoya AC striker Yakhouba Barry was the hero after scoring two goals for the Syli National in their opening match of the tournament exclusively home-based players.
Two first-half goals by striker Barry and his Horoya team-mate Morlaye Sylla put Guinea in cruise control of the Group D match in Limbe.
Barry profited from a faulty back pass from defender Immanuel Heita to goalkeeper Edward Maova in the 13th minute to put the West Africans in the lead.
Horoya AC star Sylla curled beautifully from the edge of the box to extend their advantage just before the break and a late strike from Barry sealed the emphatic victory.
Guinea will face a tough Zambian side in their next group match on Saturday while Tanzania take on Namibia in the day’s other game.
In another group D match Zambia beat Tanzania 2-0.
Second-half goals by captain Collins Sikombe and Emmanuel Chabula settled the match played in the city of Limbe.
Playmaker Sikombe converted a second-half penalty in the 63rd minute before Chabula sweetly volleyed with nine minutes remaining to complete an impressive showing by the Chipolopolo.
But the Zambians could have won the match by a wider margin but Chabula missed a sitter with the goalkeeper completely beaten in the 75th minute.
Zambia head coach Milutin Sredojevic said after the game:
‘No team wins the trophy after just winning the first game in the tournament. We have played against a good team that put us under a lot of pressure especially in the first half. Winning the opening match is a good step, but we are still far from playing our best’’, Milutin said.
His opposite number Tanzania’s Etienne Ndairagije rued the missed chances for their loss saying:
‘’The game was basically a 50/50 and our opponents Zambia managed to capitalize and take their chances. The two teams played good football and the fans enjoyed what they saw. We need to keep working hard because we still have two games to play in the group and we have a chance’’,Etienne said.
Zambia will play Guinea in their next group match on Saturday while Tanzania take on Namibia in the day’s other game.
WEDNESDAY JAN 20 FIXTURES
Cameroon Vs Mali-7PM
Burkina Faso Vs Zimbabwe-10pm