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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 27, 2008

Ghana aim to win group, avoid Ivory Coast

ACCRA, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Hosts Ghana will be looking for a clean sweep of their group when they meet Morocco (1700 GMT) in the African Nations Cup on Monday.

The Black Stars need only draw their final Group A game in Accra, though, to make sure they finish top of the standings and avoid a likely meeting with growing favourites, the Ivory Coast, in the quarter-finals.

Morocco, having started the tournament with a 5-1 thumping of Namibia before losing 3-2 to Guinea, need to beat Ghana if they are to progress past the group stage.

Guinea and Morocco both have three points but Guinea the seemingly easier match on Monday, against Namibia in Sekondi. Both Group A games will kick off simultaneously at 1700 GMT.

Ghana will be forced to make a switch in midfield where Laryea Kingston misses the match because of suspension.

'Morocco will be tough because they have a fine team but you will see warriors on the pitch on Monday,' said Ghana coach Claude Le Roy, who has called for more support from home fans.

Morocco hope to have Sofiane Alloudi, who scored a hat-trick in their opening match, back from injury to improve their chances.

Guinea will be without influential captain Pascal Feindouno who begins a two-match ban, but they should still be too strong for Namibia.

The Namibians, who are effectively out after losing their first two games, are hoping to exit the tournament with their reputation enhanced.

'We want to prove we are a team that belongs here with the big guys,' their Bundesliga-based midfielder Collin Benjamin said.

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