Africa Cup of Nations roundup: Gyan saves Ghana, Senegal goes atop Group C


After two matches the standings in Group C are tight heading into the final round of group play, with Senegal holding the top spot just ahead of Ghana and Algeria.

Group C table:
Senegal — 4 pts
Ghana — 3 pts
Algeria — 3 pts
South Africa — 1 pts

Ghana 1-0 Algeria

Ghana welcomed back their all-time leading goalscorer as Asamoah Gyan returned from illness to score a stoppage-time winner for the Black Stars. Gyan missed the Ghana’s opening match while fighting off a mild case of malaria but looked in great health as he played the full 90 minutes for Avram Grant’s side. Neither side created many clear-cut chances, but Gyan has a knack for scoring in big games and continues to produce on the international stage.

[ WATCH: Asamoah Gyan scores late winner for Ghana ]

After the match, Avram Grant praised the talents of his captain.

Asamoah Gyan was not fit – he didn’t train like he needed to – but he’s Asamoah Gyan, if you look at the stats and his behavior in the dressing room.

You know I have been coach of some of the great players – he’s one of the greatest. First – he always scores when you need him. Second – he’s good for the spirit of the team – he’s a very good captain.”

[ RELATED: Thursday’s Africa Cup of Nations roundup ]

South Africa 1-1 Senegal

South Africa blew another lead today as Senegal came from behind to earn a draw against Bafana Bafana. Oupa Manyisa scored just a minute into the second half to put South Africa ahead and it appeared Southampton’s Sadio Mane had leveled for Senegal, only to have his goal ruled offside. However, Kara Mbodji connected with a header in the 60th minute, as Senegal go clear at the top of Group C. They can now advance with a draw against Algeria in the final match of group play.

Saturday’s matches:

Ivory Coast vs. Mali
Cameroon vs. Guinea