A ten-man Ghana side clinched a 2012 Nations Cup berth with panache beatingSudan 2-0 in Omdurman in a Group I decider on Saturday.

Two first half goals from Asamoah Gyan and captain John Mensah deflated the hopes of Sudan who had promised fire and brimstone on the 2010 Fifa World Cup quarter-finals.

Striker Gyan tucked home the opener on seven minutes when he profited from a goal-mouth melee.

The Nile Crocodiles piled on the pressure but the Black Stars well rehearsed counter-attack play yielded divided in the 16th minute.

Ghana earned a corner-kick and in-form Udinese midfielder Agyeman-Badu glided in a cross which was headed in by captain Mensah.

The Black Stars could have doubled the lead in the 23rd minute but referee Eddy Maillet waived calls for a penalty after Gyan was fouled inside the box.

Sudan took charge of possession and pinged the ball around as Ghana sat back to defend the two-goal lead.

But Mohammed Abdallah were nearly punished two minutes after the interval as Ghana went on the counter but Gyan who scurried with the ball into the box shot feebly to hit the stretched leg of the Sudan goalkeeper.

In the 47th minute, right-winger Inkoom was put through by Pantsil and the FC Dnipro man passed to Muntari who missed his timing.

The ball dropped to Kwadwo Asamoah still inside the box but his carpet shot agonizingly missed the goal by inches.

Ghana coach was forced to shuffle his cards on 56 minutes after centre-back Isaac Vorsah was red carded for punching a Sudanese in an off-the-ball incident.

The North Africans failed to take advantage of their numerical strength as the Serb tightened his back line by replacing Muntari with Lee Addy.

Goalkeeper Kwarasey pulled a superb and he parried a powerful drive for a corner-kick which was eventually wasted by the home team

Both teams went into the final qualifier tied on 13 points but Ghana were on top of the Group with superior goal difference.

However, Sudan could qualify to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea as one of the best second-place teams.

Ghana, four-time African champions, finished second at the last Nations Cup inAngola.

source: Ghanasoccernet.com


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