São Tomé and Príncipe / Ghana: the Black Stars complete the CAN qualifiers in style … Propel Sao Tome and Principe to the top of the group
Ghana’s Black Stars completed the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) -Cameroon qualifiers with a 3-1 loss to Sao Tome and Principe at the Accra Sports Stadium yesterday.
Goals from Nicholas Opoku, Jordan Ayew and Baba Rahman allowed the Black Stars to end the campaign at the top of Group C with 13 points after their previous 1-1 draw with South Africa on Thursday.
Sao Tome and Principe took advantage of a howler from Razak Abalora in the 83rd minute to score a consolation thanks to Jokceleny Ferandes.
The game was practically a training session for the Black Stars who dominated the game as the Islanders offered little in terms of threat.
It was also an opportunity for coach CK Akonnor to give his new boys a chance to justify their inclusion in the squad for next year’s CAN.
One of those players was Nicholas Opoku who scored his first goal for the Stars in the 12th minute to put Ghana ahead after a superb header from a Mohammed Kudus corner.
The Stars were awarded a penalty after Jordan Ayew, who scored on goal, was knocked down in the box by his marker in the 30th minute.
The Crystal Palace striker stepped up a gear to double Ghana’s lead.
Ghana came close to scoring the triple in the 39th minute, but Kudus surprisingly played in the arms of the visitors’ keeper.
Ghana resumed the second half with the introduction of Accra Grand Olympics playmaker Gladson Awako.
Awako had an immediate impact as he nearly scored his first national goal in the 53rd minute but shot far from close range.
The third goal came in the 60th minute thanks to an unknown source, Baba Rahman, who beautifully tapped a pass from Mohammed Kudus.
Meanwhile, Sudan triumphed 2-0 over South Africa to advance to the Africa Cup of Nations finals – at the expense of Bafana Bafana.
First-half goals from Saifeldin Maki and Mohammed Abdelrahman wreaked havoc for Sudan, leading them to their first final since 2012.
Ahead of the game at Al-Hilal Stadium in Omdurman, South Africa knew that a draw would be enough to qualify – but instead imploded against a Sudanese team drawn with real purpose and real motivation. .
And after Maki gave Sudan a lead in the 14th minute, Jediane’s Falcons never looked back.
Half an hour into the game, Sudan scored their decisive second goal – a superb solo effort from Abdelrahman, who recovered the ball halfway through South Africa’s half, burst in in the penalty area and beat both the last man and the goalkeeper with the same movement.
This is the first time Sudan has qualified for an Africa Cup of Nations finals since 2012 – and only the third time since 1976 for the country which won the trophy in 1970.
Earlier, Group J ended with an exciting match in Tunis in which a goal from Jaziri in the fourth minute and a goal against his side Akapo helped Tunisia to win 2-1 against Guinea. equatorial.
Tanzania, meanwhile, beat Libya 1-0 thanks to a scrambled goal from Simon Msuva.
And in Group A – from which Chad had previously been disqualified – Namibia beat group-winning Guinea 2-1 thanks to two goals from captain Peter Shalulile. Mamadou Kane marked the effort of Guinea.