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Interim, President Mamady, Considers Guinea Players After AFCON Exit, Demands Refund of Budget
- Guinea failed to go past the Round of 16 at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations tournament losing to the Gambia by a lone goal
- The National Elephants have returned to their country and interim Guinea president, Colonel Mamady, has demanded a budget refund
- It was gathered that the leader who had charged the team to return home with the title has, however, forgiven the squad
The temporary president of Guinea, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, has ordered that a refund of the Africa Cup of Nations budget must hit the state coffers as soon as possible.
Ghana Web reported that the leader has forgiven the team following their Round of 16 exit at the ongoing continental showpiece in Cameroon.
How Guinea crashed out
The impressive Gambia beat their more fancied opponents Guinea 1-0 to progress to the quarter-final stage of the competition courtesy of a lone striker by Musa Barrow.
The Bologna forward showed great strength, bullying his way through the defence to score.
The Gambian side also showed great resolve as they played the last five minutes with 10 men and an injured keeper in Baboucarr Gaye.
Yusupha Njie was sent off only 15 minutes after he came on as a substitute after he received two yellow cards.
The player had a right to feel hard done as both yellow cards he received were somewhat harsh decisions.
And upon arrival in their country, the National Elephants of Guinea were instructed to return the funds for the latter stages of the competition.
Daily Mail earlier reported that Colonel Mamady had warned the team that, failure to win the tournament will see them return the budget.
Mamady forgives the squad
Ghanaian sports journalist Saddick Adams claims that Colonel Mamady Doumbouya's pre-AFCON statement was just intended to push the team to perform better.
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He wrote on Twitter:
"The team has been forgiven by President Mamady Doumbouya. His ultimatum, he claims, was only intended to motivate them. He realizes that forming a team takes time.
"But the money paid to the team covered the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final games and must be returned to the state coffers."
Egypt through to AFCON quarter-final
Sports Brief earlier reported that the Pharaohs sealed a place in the last eight of the continental tournament after they stunned Ivory Coast 5-4 in post-match penalties during an epic round of 16 clash played on Wednesday, January 26.
Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah was Egypt's match hero as he netted the decisive spot-kick that sent his side to the quarters.
The encounter played at Japoma Stadium in Douala had to be decided via the shootouts after both teams settled for a goalless draw after regulation time.