Match report and free highlights as Guinea-Bissau midfielder Pele misses late penalty to ensure Sudan take point from their Africa Cup of Nations finals group opener
Tuesday 11 January 2022 21:26, UK
Sudan goalkeeper Ali Abou Achrine saved a late penalty to ensure they secured a 0-0 draw with Guinea-Bissau in Garoua on Tuesday in an inauspicious start for both at the Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Achrine had little difficulty pushing away a poorly-taken kick by midfielder Pele and then watched as the follow-up from Piqueti cannoned back off the crossbar.
The goalkeeper turned from villain to hero after having brought down Steve Ambri to give away the spot-kick with some eight minutes left of a tepid tussle between two of the tournament's lesser lights.
A minute later, Guinea-Bissau striker Frederic Mendy had a powerful shot cleared off the line as Sudan held on for a share of the spoils in the Group D encounter.
Joseph Mendes had a first chance for Guinea-Bissau, peeling away from the Sudan defence to find space and head a free-kick against the upright in the 16th minute, but Sudan keeper Achrine was quick to gather up the rebound.
Sudan's best effort was on the stroke of half-time when Guinea-Bissau goalkeeper Maurice Gomis was forced to parry away a stinging shot from Mohamed Abdelrahman.
Sudan had made a drastic overhaul of their squad just weeks before the tournament after they lost all three group games at last month's Arab Cup.
They fired French coach Hubert Velud and dropped many of their regulars ahead of the tournament. Guinea-Bissau next take on Egypt and Sudan meet Nigeria in a double-header in Garoua on Saturday.
Nigeria take on Sudan on Saturday; kick-off is at 4pm with live on Sky Sports Football from 5.15pm.
Egypt take on Guinea-Bissau at 7pm on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Football.
The Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in January and February.
The tournament, originally scheduled to be played in June and July 2021, will be played in Cameroon between January 9 and February 6, 2022, with Sky Sports showing all 52 games live.
Twenty-four teams will take part, kicking off on January 9 as hosts Cameroon host Burkina Faso in Yaounde, before culminating in the final on February 6 in the capital.