Ghana 2 : Sudan 0

16:45 The Black Stars and their Sudanese counterparts file onto the pitch ready for the national anthem.

16:53 The vice president, John Mahama spotted in his Black Stars attire and other dignitaries inspect the line-up of the two teams.

16:56 The National Anthem of the Sudan is played

16:57 There is thunderous applause from fans as the Ghana National Anthem is played.

17:00 Sudan set the game underway.

17:03 Stephen Appiah’s head missed a Sulley Muntari free kick in what could easily have been the Stars’ opener.

17:05 Samuel Inkoom makes a terrific run, beats two Sudanese players but was hacked down just at the threshhold of the 18 yard box for a free kick.

17:06 Sulley Muntari takes the free kick which flew dangerously pass the the phase of the Sudanese goal missing many Ghanaian heads.

17:07 Essien capitalised on a defensive blunder, beats two men on the row but his final touch let him down as the Sudanese goal keeper comes in to save the situation.

17:13 It is a purely one way traffic as the Stars keep pounding the goal area of the Sudanese. It is only a matter of time for the first goal.

17:14 Richard Kingston’s blunder nearly caused the Stars after he failed to trap a pass with the ball dangerously rolling closer to his own goal.

17;15 Sulley Ali Muntari shoots the Stars ahead after he tipped the ball beyond the reach of the approaching goal keeper.

17:18 It is still the Black Stars dictating the pace, trying to tease the Sudanese from their goal line with some deft touches from Essien, Inkoom, Appiah and Muntari.

17:21 The Sudanese have been left chasing their shadows as the Stars draw rings around their markers.

17:26 Anthony Annan and Mathew Amoah combines well but the strikers final ball to skipper Appiah is intercepted.

17:29 The Sudanese have barely tested the goal keeper Richard Kingston

17:35 Skipper Stephen Appiah once again latched onto another defensive blunder and fired a blistering shot which was parried by the goal keeper for a corner.

17:36 Corner kick taken by Sulley Muntari but headed to safety by the Sudanese.

17:38 Sudan finally makes an incursion but the final pass in front goal was intercepted by Annan.

17:39 Samuel Inkoom after combining well with Essien fired a thunderbolt of a shot which whisked just wide.

17:41 The Sudanese may not be good in attack but have tidied well in defence after conceding the first goal.

17:44 Essien’s goal after connecting a Sulley Muntari free-kick was flagged offside.

17:48 Referee brings the first half to an end.

18:04 Players file onto the pitch for the start of the second half.

18:05 Stars begin second half and moves straight into attack but Inkoom deep cross from the right goes into the waiting arms of the Sudanese goal keeper.

18:06 Appiah becomes the second player to get booked after a rough challenge on a Sudanese player.

18:08 The Stars begin the same way they ended the first half with swift attacks at the Sudanese goal.

18:09 Sulley Muntari sets Essien but he selflessly heads it down for Appiah to strike but the ball was cut out.

18:12 Essien increases the tally for the Black Stars after an absolute screamer form 25 yards.

18:15 Richard Kingston denied the Sudanese their real and only threat at goal, after he parried an excellent curly shot from the Sudanese striker.

18:18 Appiah turns his marker inside out and sets Inkoom on the left whose cross was well connected by Essien but went just wide.

18:22 Sudan striker fires a speculative shot from 40 yards which goes way out of touch.