Thursday Nov 12, 2020. 20:13
Ghana defeated Sudan 2-0 in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Cape Coast Stadium on Thursday evening.
As a result, the Black Stars extended their lead at the top of the Group C standings, while the Falcons of Jediane remained third on the table.
The Black Stars started the match brightly with the Ayew brothers Andre and Jordan combining well upfront for the home side.
The hosts carved out their first chance in the 13th minute as when Andre Ayew cut in from the left and fired a dangerous ball across goal and his effort wide just wide.
However, the United Kingdom-based versatile attacker did get the goal he had been looking for five minutes later.
The Black Stars captain beat Sudan goalkeeper Ali Abdallah Abu-Eshrein with a powerful shot from a free-kick to make it 1-0 to Ghana.
Abu-Eshrein was then called into action in the 29th minute and he pulled off a great save to deny Samuel Owusu as the Black Stars looked to double their lead.
Andre Ayew thought he had grabbed his brace on the stroke of haf-time, but the goal was disallowed for a foul and the score was 1-0 to Ghana at the interval.
It was the Falcons of Jediane, who saw most of the ball after the restart with Mohamed Al-Rasheed pulling the strings in midfield for the visitors.
However, the visitors were unable to beat Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori in the Ghana goal-posts.
The hosts doubled their lead with nine minutes left on the clock and it was a brilliant individual goal by Swansea City star Andre Ayew.
The 30-year-old went on a solo run beating two Sudan defenders, before unleashing a thunderous shot which beat Abu-Eshrein hands down to make it 2-0 to Ghana.
Andre Ayew’s late goal sealed Ghana’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Sudan on the night.
Ghana (1) 2 (Andre Ayew 19′ 81′)
Sudan (0) 0
Ghana: Ofori, Nettey (Opoku 69′), Rahman, Djiku, Boye, Acquah, Lomotey, Fosu, Owusu (Ekuban 63′), Ayew, Ayew.
Sudan: Abu-Eshrein, Merghani, Wadah, Kamal, Abdullah, Shigel, Abdallah, Al-Rasheed (Gismalla 78′), Hamed, Agab (El Tahir 65′), Abdel-Rahman (Bakhit 70′).