The Black Stars of Ghana, Tuesday defeated the Bafana Bafana of South Africa 2-1, to book their place in the quarter-finals of the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON holding in Equatorial Guinea.
Goals from John Boye and Andre Ayew ensured that the West Africans progressed to the knockout stage of the competition.
The 2-0 defeat handed Senegal by Algeria also assisted Ghana’s progress. Ghana started the better of the two teams and had their first effort on goal in the fifth minute when Jonathan Mensah met a left-sided free-kick, but his ten-yard header went inches wide of the target. A minute later Jordan Ayew was played into space just inside the box, but saw his 16-yard effort well-saved by Brilliant Khuzwayo.
The South African keeper, though, failed to hold onto the ball and Jordan pounced on the rebound and rounded the keeper, but saw his close-range shot cleared off the goalline by Erick Mathoho. In the 17th minute South Africa took the lead despite not seeing much of the ball when Mandla Masango superbly volleyed home from 22 yards out.
Ghana tried to find their way back into the game before the break and came close in the 34th minute when Baba Rahman unleashed a ferocious 24-yard thunderbolt, but saw his effort brilliantly saved by Khuzwayo.
Two minutes later Ghana suffered a bit of a setback when Daniel Amartey had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Boye. South Africa had the last say of the half in the 40th minute when Bongani Ndululu met a right-wing cross from Anele Ngcongca, but the striker saw his eight-yard header magnificently saved by the Ghanaian keeper.
Ghana dictated terms after the break and continued to press forward, but struggled to break down a resilient South African defence. Finally, in the 72nd minute Ghana found their just reward when a goalmouth scramble inside the South African box was turned home by Boye from 12-yards out.
Three minutes later Kwesi Appiah came close to giving Ghana the lead, but he saw his 18-yard shot brilliantly touched onto the post by Khuzwayo. In the 83rd minute Ghana scored their second goal, and it proved to be the winner, when an inch perfect cross from Baba Rahman was superbly headed home by Andre Ayew.