The Black Stars have positioned themselves well to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa with a win over the FlamesThe Black Stars of Ghana survive the Malawian scare with a 2-0 victory in the final round first leg of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.
Christian Atsu and Anthony Annan scored in each half of the game to give the four-time African champions the advantage ahead of the second leg in Blantyre next month.
The Porto player got something to celebrate his first home match for Ghana after tapping in from a close range shot from Olympique Marseille’s Andre Ayew in less than 10 minutes into the game.
Although the Black Stars were in the lead with Atsu creating several chances, the southern Africans kept the game going with their vigilance to ensure that they go into the interval with the same score line.
Annan set the stadium agog with a 20-yard shot right from the break to make it 2-0 for the Black Stars.
Coach Kinnah Phiri had to end the game with 10 men after his defender James Sangala saw red for a second bookable offence.
Ghana have positioned themselves well ahead of the October 12-14 second leg fixture, which will determine who makes it to South Africa 2013.