The final quarter final spot the Orange Africa Nations’ Cup has finally been decided on Sunday February 1, 2015 at the Estadio de Malabo at 16H00 GMT.
With the drawing of lots held at the Hilton Malabo to determine which of the two West African teams will progress to the quarter finals. Mali and Guinea finished level on points (3 points apiece), with same goal difference (goal for and goals against) on the table. After wishing both teams ‘good luck’, CAF President Issa Hayatou handed over the the conducting of the draws to CAF General Secretary who wrote the number 2 and 3 on two green balls, 2 for second position and 3 for third place.
The General Secretary then stirred the two balls in a wide bowl and called on the two representatives who had the difficult task of placing their hands into the bowl to pick up the ball of their choice.
Mr. Amara Dabo, an official of the Finance Department of the Ministry of Sports in Guinea dipped and picked the ball numbered ‘2’ and President Boubacar Baba Diarra of Mali FF unfortunately picked out ball number ‘3′ thus losing out to Guinea for the last spot.
Mali, the semi-finalists at the last two editions, surrendered to the Syli National of Guinea through drawing of lots in conformity with Article 74 of the regulations of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015.
Guinea will now face Ghana in the quarter finals whilst their compatriots head home after a another great performance in the continent’s spectacular showpiece.
By: Jammeh E.K. Bojang