Ivory Coast in quarters

Drogba leads Elephants to 3-1 win over Ghana

Didier Drogba was on target in the day's only game as the Elephants became the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals with an easy win in three-team Group B.

Ghana, making their debut, must now beat Burkina Faso for a place in the last eight.
Togo, the group's other team, pulled out last week after two delegation members plus their driver were killed in an ambush on their bus in the troubled enclave of Cabinda, where Friday's match was played.

Instead of facing Burkina Faso in the other half of the scheduled double bill at the Chiazi National stadium, Togo took on journalists in Lome following the funeral ceremony for their assistant coach and media officer, the ambush victims.

Thousands of people turned up to watch the match at the city's main stadium. "It's a pleasure and a happy moment, it's the only way to honour and keep them in our memories," said captain Emmanuel Adebayor.

Already under a shadow, the tournament was embroiled in more controversy when Malawi protested to organisers that they had been prevented from training on the two days before Thursday's match with Angola, which the hosts won 2-0 to top Group A.  
"We find it very strange that in this competition a team cannot be found a ground to train (on)," coach Kinnah Phiri said.

"We feel that either the organising committee or the Angolan federation were working towards pushing Angola into the quarterfinals.

"Three times we went to a ground and found others using the pitch. We asked them to leave but they refused. We didn't have a session over the last two days before the game," added Phiri.

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