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World Cup Qualifiers: Andrew Ayew Powers Ghana To Playoff Round

Sunday, November 14
*DR Congo 2-0 Benin
*Madagascar 1-1 Tanzania
*Zimbabwe 1-1 Ethiopia
*Mali 1-0 Uganda
*Ghana 1-0 South Africa
*Senegal 2-0 Congo

Monday, November 15
*Kenya v Rwanda
*Namibia v Togo
*Guinea-Bissau v Sudan
*Niger v Djibouti

Tuesday, November 15
*Egypt v Gabon
*Libya vAngola
*Mozambique v Malawi 
*Algeria v Burkina Faso
*Liberia v Central Africa 
*Nigeria v Cape Verde
*Cameroon v Ivory Coast
*Mauritania v Equatorial Guinea
*Morocco v Guinea
*Tunisia v Zambia 


Andrew Ayew scored the only goal as Ghana beat South Africa 1-0 at Cape Coast on Sunday.

The result secured the Black Stars a place to the playoff round of the African FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers.

Ghana tops Group E ahead of Hugo Broos’ Bafana Bafana on goals scored after the two teams were all tied on the 13 points after six round of matches.

Going into the encounter, Ghana needed a win to sail through while a draw could have seen South Africa top the group.

Ghana were the better side in the opening exchanges and their flurry of attacks paid off in the 33rd minute when Daniel Amartey was brought down in the area by Rushine De Reuk for the referee to point to the spot.

Ayew, now plying his trade with Qatar Stars League club Al Sadd, coolly slotted past Ronwen Williams to hand the Black Stars an advantage before the break.

In the second half, South Africa’s Percy Tau was denied twice by Ghana goalkeeper Joseph Wollacott and the Black Stars held on for a needed victory.

Ghana (Group G) joins Mali (E), Egypt (F), Senegal (H), Morocco (I) and DR Congo (J) to the playoff round where all 10 group winners will be drawn into five home-and-away matches.

The winners of each fixture, due March next year, will directly qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Group A, B, C and D are yet to be decided.

Players Used

Ghana – Joseph Wollacott, Andrew Kyereh Yiadom, Baba Abdul Rahman, Alexander Djiku, Daniel Amartey, Mubarak Wakaso, Andre Ayew, Baba Idrissu, Jordan Ayew, Mohammed Kudus, Sulemana Kamal Deen

South Africa – Ronwen Williams, Mobbie Sydney, Xulu Siyanda, De Reuck Rushine, Mashego Terrance, Phete Thibang, Mokoena Teboho, Brooks Ethan, Hlongwane Bongokuhle, Percy Tau, Victor Letsoalo


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