MATCH CENTRE

WED 19 NOVEMBER 2014, 18:00, TAMALE

3
VS
1

Ghana clobber Togo to reach 2015 AFCON

by Ameenu Shardow

Wed November 19, 20:33

A depleted Ghana side put up an impressive showcase to thump Togo 3-1 on Wednesday in Tamale to top Group and secure qualification to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

The Black Stars needed a draw pick one of the six remaining slots for grabs on the final match day but approached the match with a winning mentality.

Caretaker coach Mawell Konadu’s game plan worked to perfection as he decided to pair Abdul Majeed Waris and Jordan Ayew upfront.

Also, starting TP Mazembe man Solomon Asante ahead of Christian Atsu was a perfect decision as the winger caused problems for Togo on the right flank.

He contributed two crosses within the opening 15 minutes but on all occasion, the centre-back pair of Sadat Ouro Akoriko and Mama Gafar dealt them with.

After coming close on few occasions, Ghana finally broke the deadlock on 23 minutes when Waris headed in a cross from Mubarak Wakaso.

Three minutes later, Wakaso turned corner with a screamer from 35-yards which flew into the net like a missile.

Togo goalkeeper Kossi Agassa was clueless and watched sheepishly as the ball rolled into the roof of his net.

From there, Togo cried to claw back but the young and energetic Black Stars defenders neutralized them.

Ghana went into the break with a two goal lead and knew they had the job almost done but three minutes after recess, Togo struck back.

It was a against the run of play and the Black Stars defender were caught sleeping inside the box.

Jonathan Ayite was totally left unmarked inside the area as he superbly connected Donou Kokou’s cross.

This put pressure on the home side but Togo spearheaded by Emmanuel Adebayor were not clinical enough.

On the 69th minute mark, stand-in captain Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu made a surging run and made his way into the box.

He delivered a cross before hitting the byline and his effort was turned in the net for Ghana to regain its two-goal lead.

Togo did not go down easily as they tried to fight back but lacked the cutting edge.

On two occasions, Prince Segbefia and substitute Floyd Ayite were handed scoring opportunities at the death but could not punish the Black Stars.

Ghana comfortably sealed the win and booked their 20th Africa Cup of Nations berth and will be in Equatorial Guinea.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE TAMALE
GHANA GOALS TOGO GOALS
9. Majeed Waris (23') Jonathan Ayite (48')
Mubarak Wakaso (26')
8. Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (69')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
GHANA STARTING LINEUP TOGO STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
17
Defender
2
Defender
62'
66'
0
Defender
3
0
Defender
4
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
78'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
69'
74'
8
0
Midfielder
13
Forward/Striker
53'
0
Midfielder
26'
0
Forward/Striker
48'
65'
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
23'
9
Forward/Striker
80'
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Edwin Gyimah
Defender
74'
0
Floyd Ayite
Midfielder
65'
0
Christian Atsu
Midfielder
78'
7
Nouwoklo Martin Kossivi
Defender
66'
0
Atakora Lalawele
Forward/Striker
80'
0
CARDS
Emmanuel Adebayor
Forward/Striker
53'
0
Kokou Donou
Defender
62'
0
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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