The Black Stars are poised to reach the quarter-finals of the Afcon 2013, after beating Mali’s Eagles yesterday 1-0 in Port-Elizabeth. Spain-based Mubarak Wakaso’s first half penalty (38th minute) was enough to put Ghana in pole position with four points in Group B, as they seek to add a fifth continental title, which has been eluding them for the past two decades.
Their first game of the tournament against DRC on Sunday ended in a 2-2 draw.
In the other game, which any analyst could describe as the match of wasted chances, the Leopards of DRC were held to a goalless draw by miinows Niger.
High-publicised DRC stars Dieumerci Mbokani, Lomana LuaLua and Tresor Mputu were unable to break the deadlock in a game that saw Niger almost grabbing the lead in the 4th minute when Modibo Sidibe was left only with the goalkeeper to beat, but mysteriously missed his target by shooting the ball to the far right of the second post.
Both sides wasted many chances to score and take the lead, or even win the game – opportunities they will be left to regret, when their qualifying group stage enters its final phase on Monday. Ghana play Niger early next week and DRC meet Mali, both games are due to take place at 6pm GMT. Already the pundits are betting on Ghana and Mali to go through, at the expense of lazy and wasteful Leopards and inexperienced Mena of Niger.
Only time will tell!
*Photo by 48fm.com. Ghana national team.