Sunday, April 20, 2014

AfCON 2013: Ghana zoom into semi final

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Black Stars, Photo: tufaghanafc.com

Cape Verde played well in the entertaining match.

Wakaso Mubarak was the hero for the Black Stars as he scored twice in the second half to make Ghana the first side to qualify for the semi final of the ongoing Africa Nations

The Black Stars coasted to a 2-0 win over the hitherto giant killers, Cape Verde, at the Port Elizabeth Stadium on Saturday.

The team from the tiny Island has had a fairy tale run in Africa football thus far as they had knocked four time champions, Cameroon, out in the qualifiers and also qualified for the quarter finals ahead of Angola and Morocco in Group A.

The fairy tale run ended on Saturday as Cape Verde found the Black Stars, who themselves were looking to end several years of drought, a hard nut to crack.

There was nothing to suggest any difference in class between the two sides, until Wakaso Mubarak put away a 54th minute penalty.

Asamoah Gyan was knocked over by Carlitos as he ran through on goal, but the Cape Verde defender was lucky to stay on.

Then, Wakaso slotted into an empty net in injury time, as Vozinha, the Cape Verde goalkeeper, shunted forward to join the attack in a desperate last minute search for an equaliser.

But the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde will have many positives to take from the game, as they peppered the Black Stars goalkeeper, Fatawu Dauda, with shots after falling back.

The Sharks dominated play, and should have had a goal, but Dauda stood firm as his defence floundered.

Ghana are now looking good to see their 21 years wait for another AfCON trophy, after their 1982 triumph, end soon.

The Black Stars will face the winner in the quarter final duel between Togo and Burkina Faso.

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