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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.

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Previous comments on this story...

champ magebhula
posted: 07:04 pm
what a boring game... Yeses
Commander Of The Ship Cpt. Black Beard
posted: 07:41 pm
If Bafana keep playing like they did yesterday that easily walk over these lame boring teams. BB4Afcon
Gcwabe(The Bank Robber)
posted: 07:45 pm
I pray both go through so we can play either one of them, DRC might just be a tough nut 2 crack!
kenkaba
posted: 07:52 pm
Commander, keep dreaming. Bafana?? Hehehehehe
TroyBoateng
posted: 08:04 pm
If you think your bafana Bafana can beat any of these teams (Mali,Congo and Ghana) then you're high. Anyway your team will definately meet one of the aforementioned teams. :)
stanslinks
posted: 08:06 pm
Congratulations Ghana on your interesting win. It was very well deserved. Enjoy your win.
Commander Of The Ship Cpt. Black Beard
posted: 09:16 pm
Only teams that have shown me free flowing football at this stage are
1. DR Congo
2. Ethiopia
3. Cape Verde
4. South Africa.
The rest have just been a big bore to watch with only patches of play but nothing entertaing throughout the whole 90 min. BB4Afcon
Nxtbigthing
posted: 10:36 pm
I see de ghana flag ke majamane so treyboateng u must be on sumthing cos de lastym we played ghana re ba jesitse sand
TroyBoateng
posted: 12:10 am
Past Matches are nothing to write home about Nxt. If u wanna dwell in past Glories do it at your own risk.
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 04:25 am
TroyBoateng posted: 12:10 am | Report
Past Matches are nothing to write home about Nxt. If u wanna dwell in past Glories do it at your own risk.
.............
But then my friendo if past glories count for nothing, how did you come in a conclusion that Bafana Bafana won't be able to beat Ghana, Mali & DRC? I am sure you said the same thing about Angola.
Commander Of The Ship Cpt. Black Beard
posted: 06:13 am
@TroyBoateng I'm not talking about past glories, I'm talking about current form and based on that I conclude that Ghana is playing k@@k. I was also under the impression that the Black Stars would set this Afcon alight but so far I'm not at all impressed. BB4Afcon
KINGBOSKE
posted: 08:56 am
physical game this was.. too many Yellow card shown.. I hope Bafana will manage to win against either teams if they do go to the second round
Nxtbigthing
posted: 08:58 am
This guy do u know soccer troyboamoteng there is no therefore mo soccer especially at a nockout tournament u stupid n narrow minded hipocrite mxm nxxxx!!!
TroyBoateng
posted: 09:49 am
If I understand you guys well. You are saying Bafana Bafana current form is super above Ghana lol. Okay guys. Just because of the game between u and angola. Weren't you the same people crying here after the match with cape verde? Form is temporal guys but Class is Permanent. If Bafana bafana can play such a physical game with high tempo like this then we'll live to see.
kenkaba
posted: 10:18 am
Troy my friend, that is SA for you. Wait for the morocco gamr and you will hear them. They dont learn. Do you know they scored in the opening game game of the world cup and thought they had won the cup?
Barnes18
posted: 10:46 am
South Africa can,t beat none of these teams(Ghana,Mali,DR. Congo).South Africa always boasts but at the end they are beaten.Beautiful football doesn,t count but goals that are important.You people keep on dreaming and meet one of these teams(Ghana,Mali,DR.Congo) and you will see why the power lies.Even you struggled to play Cape Verde.
TroyBoateng
posted: 10:49 am
Hehehe "Ken" its funny, they've hold high their national team they expectation is too much, meanwhile this team too is now developing not a world beater yet. When u do that they will always be disappointed bigtime. But I want to their team progress to the quarter final seriously their early elimination will cost the tournament with their support.
Barnes18
posted: 10:53 am
South Africa can,t beat none of these teams(Ghana,Mali,DR. Congo).South Africa always boasts but at the end they are beaten.Beautiful football doesn,t count but goals that are important.You people keep on dreaming and meet one of these teams(Ghana,Mali,DR.Congo) and you will see why the power lies.Even you struggled to play Cape Verde.
Chiefs hater
posted: 11:01 am
GHana was playing with no3 team in africa not a team which is above no16.Ghana is playing classy nt on form just like my frnd say down de.IF CHELSE CAN BEAT BARCA DAT DOESNT MEAN THEY PLAY CLASSY FTBALL BT IT MEAN DEY WER ON FORM.
kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 01:06 pm
Ghana has never beaten south Africa so what made you people believe that you can now overcome us.is it not the same Ghana that we beat after the 2010 world cup while we were still ailing?
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