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WC Qualification Africa

  • September 6, 2013
  • • 12:00 PM
  • • Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
  • Referee: D. Haïmoudi
  • • Attendance: 40000

Ghana 2-1 Zambia: Black Stars advance to final World Cup qualifying round

Ghana 2-1 Zambia: Black Stars advance to final World Cup qualifying round

Ghana has made it to the last round of 2014 World Cup qualifying in Africa after Abdul Majeed Waris and Kwadwo Asamoah scored to nab all three points.

Ghana beat Zambia 2-1 Friday to confirm its place in the final round of 2014 World Cup qualification for the African region.

A first-half goal from Spartak Moscow forward Abdul Majeed Waris gave the Black Stars the lead at halftime before a second-half Kwadwo Asamoah strike doubled the Ghanaians’ lead.

Despite a second-half strike from Zambia's Nathan Sinkala, the two goals were enough to see four-time African champion Ghana through to the next round where it will meet a team yet to be decided in a two-legged playoff tie to represent the continent in Brazil next summer.

The Black Stars had taken the lead through a stooping header, directed into the roof of the net from Waris. Despite the Zambians looking more comfortable in possession and seeing more of the ball, they failed to make their possession count due to the tight-knit nature of the Ghanaian defensive unit.

The Zambians' creative frustration seemed to wane in the second half, as they created a number of chances early on in the half, but failed to convert them. A long-range strike from Asamoah gave the Ghanaians a two-goal cushion before Sinkala reduced the deficit with an effort from the edge of the box.

Despite mounting pressure on the hosts, the Zambians failed to secure the equalizer before the full-time whistle, allowing Ghana to join Ivory Coast, Algeria and Bob Bradley's Egypt as teams to clinch places among the 10 final teams vying for five places in the World Cup.