Posted On Saturday, 17th November 2012
By Akyereko Frimpong Manson
Ghana defeated South Africa 3-2 in the first-leg of the 2013 CAN-17 qualifier at the Sinaba Stadium on Saturday.
Berlin FC striker Paul Asare (17) put Paa Kwesi Fabin’s side in front before David Atanga (37) doubled Ghana’s advantage.
Dressing room talks during the recess seemed to have worked for the Amajimbos as they halved the deficit in the 55th minute.
But Paul Asare restored Ghana’s 2-0 advantage after cutting through the hosts defence to drill a powerful low drive home.
Emmanuel Boateng was a constant nightmare for the host with his deftly weighed passes and defence-splitting touches.
Thamsanqa Masiya capitalised on a defensive blunder by Yakubu Mohammed to give Ephraim Mashaba hope.
But the Ghana defence remained steadfast and hanged on to the win in Benoni.
Ghana host the South Africans in the return-leg fixture in a fortnight.