Ghana beat Mali 1-0 in a Africa Cup of Nations match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Posted: 24 January 2013 Time: 18:57
Ghana beat Mali 1-0 in a Africa Cup of Nations match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
The Ghana goal was scored by a Mubarak Wakaso penalty in the first half.
During the first half Ghana played the better football but did not create many decent scoring opportunities.
In the 7th minute Ghana were very lucky not to have their goalkeeper Fatau Dauda sent off.
Dauda handles the ball outside his box which looked like it was done on purpose preventing Seydou Keita from scoring. Instead he was shown a yellow card by the referee.
In the 24th minute Harrison Afful came close to scoring from distance for the Black Stars when his long-range shot went over the bar.
The Black Stars came close to scoring again in the 32nd minute when a cross came in from the left and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu rose and headed the ball on goal but his effort hit the post.
Ghana were awarded a penalty in the 36th minute when Asamoah Gyan slipped Agyemang-Badu through on goal, but he was fouled in the box by Adama Tamboura and the referee correctly awarded a penalty kick.
Wakaso scored in the top right corner to give Ghana a 1-0 lead.
The second half did not have any clear-cut chances and the football was rather sloppy.
Gyan nearly doubled their lead in the 55th minute when his shot went narrowly wide.
Isaac Vorsah had a chance for Ghana from a corner kick but his header went over the bar.
Mali’s goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa made a decent save to keep out a free-kick from Agyemang-Badu in the 79th minute.
That was the last decent action of the match as Ghana picked up their first win.