Ghana defeats South Africa to qualify for African World Cup playoffs

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By Lawrence Oshodi –

Following a 1-0 win over South Africa at the Cape Coast sports stadium on Sunday, Ghana’s quest of returning to the World Cup in Qatar next year remains very much alive.

The home squad, who needed to win to qualify for the African playoffs, got off to a good start by putting the away club under pressure.

The Black Stars’ efforts were rewarded when captain Andre Ayew skillfully converted a penalties after Leicester City defender Daniel Amartey was fouled in the penalty box in the 33rd minute.

The South Africans, who had not lost a match in the qualifications, revised their game strategy in the second half, but their efforts were foiled by a tactically disciplined and resolute Black Stars.

With the win, Ghana tops Group G with 13 points and an additional goal advantage over South Africa who finished second with the same points.

Ethiopia and Zimbabwe are third and fourth with five points and two points respectively.

The playoffs among 10 countries to determine the five teams to represent Africa in Qatar is scheduled for March 2022.

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