Soccer News of Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Source: Graphic Online
The Black Stars of Ghana Tuesday night came from a goal down to beat a resilient Bafana Bafana side 2:1 at the Mongomo Stadium, Equatorial Guinea, to book a space for the next round of the ongoing African Cup of Nations.
And immediately the final whistle sounded, two perfectly contrasting scenarios panned out from the two camps, with the Ghanaians hugging and cheering and raising grateful hands towards the heavens while the South Africans, downcast and inconsolable, looked dejected, disappointed and dispirited.
John Boye had whipped the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Nhlanhla Brilliant Khuzwayo in the 73rd minute to cancel out Mandla Masango’s 17th minute opener for the South Africans before the tireless Andre Ayew rose high to head in the winner past the stranded Khuzwayo 7 minutes from time.
Victory for the Black Stars capped a day of solid hard work and in spite of the side not being as splendid as they have been known, the result could only have been fair to a side that pressed and pressed to see their desires through.
South Africa, as though content to be in the lead against Ghana, sat deep in defence and soaked all the pressure the Ghanaians piled up, making occasional yet feeble attempts at doubling their lead. And as the one-way traffic continued well into the second half, it looked certain the Ghanaians’ were in for a reward. No surprises then when the defensive John Boye found himself with the ball in the Bafana Bafana box.
Boye trapped well before letting go a desperate shot past a cowering defender and through the legs of Brilliant Khuzwayo to raise hopes of a Ghana renaissance.
That set-back for the South Africans momentarily lured them out to try some luck of their own, but the Ghanaians hardly lifted their legs off the accelerator, volleying the ball consistently in search of the front liners, one of which saw Ayew flying into mid-air to head home the game changer.
In the other Group C game, Algeria also accounted for Senegal 2:0 to join Ghana into the knockout stages.