Ghana beat South Africa to secure place in play offs

Ghana beat South Africa 1-0 at Cape Coast on Sunday to pick the sole ticket in Group G of the African FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers.

Captain of the team Andre Ayew who won his 100th Cap on the day, scored the only goal of the match in the 31st minute to give Ghana the edge over South Africa in the final group game.

Ghana qualified ahead of the Bafana Bafana on goals scored after the two teams were all tied on the 13 points after six round of matches.

The Black Stars had to defend gallantly to protect the slim lead as Hugo Broos’ side mounted immense pressure in the closing stages of the game.

Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus came off very early in the game and was replaced by St. Pauli midfielder Daniel Kofi Kyereh.

The only goal of the match came from the penalty spot after Daniel Amartey was fouled in the box. Captain Ayew expertly dispatched goalkeeper Rowen Williams to slot the ball the bottom corner.

South Africa came out from the break with an aim of equalizing the goal with the likes of Percy Tau shooting on target but Ghana goalkeeper Joseph Wollacott was on hand to make brilliant saves anytime the South African’s fired the salvo.

Kamal Deen Suleymana was a torn in the flesh of the South African defence as he tormented them down the left wing but couldn’t find the right finishing prowess to get on the score sheet.

The Black Stars was able to hold to lead for victory that secured them qualification to the final phase of qualifying to the 2022 World Cup.

The play offs will be played in March 2022 after the 10 group winners are paired against each other. The five winners on home and away clashes qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.

Ghana Coach Milovan Rajevac who qualified the Black Stars to the 2010 World Cup is seeking to make another history with the Stars by qualifying to another World Cup with Ghana.


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