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Sports News of Saturday, 8 October 2011

Source: citifmonline

Ghana beat Sudan to qualify for AFCON 2012

The Black Stars of Ghana have qualified for 2012 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon after beating Sudan at the Hilal stadium in Omdurman.

On loan Sunderland striker Asamoah ‘baby jet’ Gyan gave the stars the lead after 11 minutes. taking advantage of a defensive blunder in the Sudanese area.

Captain John Mensah returned to the Stars starting line up and scored his first goal for the national side.

The central defender, who missed the Black Stars's penultimate round fixture, partnered Isaac Vorsah in central defence.

Ghana went close in the second half after Kwadwo Asamoah missed from close range a Samuel Inkoom cut-back pass four minutes into the start of the half.

Isaac Vorsah was sent off in the 52nd minute after kicking a Sudanese player and is likely to miss the first two matches in Equatorial Guinea.

Coach Stevanovic was forced to make two quick changes by bringing on Lee Addy and Anthony Annan for Sulley Muntari and Kwadwo Asamoah.

Adam Kwarasey who made only one save in entire game made his third consecutive start for Ghana with John Paintsil and Daniel Opare playing at full-back.

Goran Stevanovic handed Derek Boateng a place in midfield alongside Samuel Inkoom, Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu and Sulley Muntari.

Asamoah Gyan led the line with support from Kwadwo Asamoah.

Stevanovic handed Mohammed Abu his debut after he came on for Derek Boateng.

Ghana finish the qualifying campaign top of Group I with 16 points, after recording five wins and a draw in six games. The Black Stars scored a total of 13 and conceded just a goal.

Ghana line up: Adam Kwarasey, John Painstil, Daniel Opare, Isaac Vorsah, John Mensah, Derek Boateng, Samuel Inkoom, Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu, Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari

Subs: Daniel Agyei, Mohammed Abu, Lee Addy, Pricne Tagoe, Dominic Adiyiah, Anthony Annan, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.