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2022 WCQ: Ghana beat South Africa to secure playoff berth

Ghana edged South Africa 1-0 at Cape Coast Sports Stadium Sunday night to pick the sole playoffs ticket in Group G of the African qualifiers for the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

A first-half Andre Ayew penalty was all that the Black Stars needed to leapfrog the Bafana Bafana in the final group game.

Milovan Rajevac’s side qualified ahead of Hugo Broos’ team on goals scored after the two teams were all tied on the same points, 13.

Ghana had to hold on and defend stoutly to protect the slim lead. South Africa kept on the pressure with more composure in their play in the final moments of the game.

Mohammed Kudus was forced off with an injury after just 12 minutes. Daniel Kofi-Kyereh was his replacement.

The Black Stars got two early chances to have snatched the lead but Jordan Ayew and substitute Kofi-Kyereh wasted the opportunities.

Captain Andre Ayew – who was making his 100th Ghana appearance on the night – converted expertly from the penalty spot. Daniel Amartey was brought down inside the box.

South Africa came out of the break with more attacking intent, seeing the ball more in the final third than in the first half.

Percy Tau called on Joseph Wollacott twice to make two important saves just after the hour mark from a set-piece and a solo run down the middle.

Kamaldeen Sulemana tormented the South Africans down the right flank on many occasions but lacked the final product.

Ghana was able to hold on for the victory that secured them qualification to the final phase of qualifying for the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

The playoffs will come off in March 2022 after the 10 group winners are paid against each other. The five winners on home and away ties qualify for the World Cup.

 

By Adamu Benin Abdul Karim | www.sportyafrica.com 

 

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