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Cameroon 2022 qualifiers: Ghana finish Group C as leaders

The Black Stars beat Sao Tome and Principle 3-1 in their match at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Sao Tome made first incursion when Joel Neves came close to opening the score for them with a powerful drive through a free-kick awarded his side but his effort went out wide.

Ghana shook off the early threat from Sao Tome and Principle to score two goals in the first half of the game through Nicolas Opoku and Jordan Ayew.

Coach C.K Akonnor’s charges gained possession to mount an intense pressure on the visitors which gave them the two goal in half an hour into the game.

Defender Nicholas Opoku scored his first ever Black Stars goal when he headed home a Kudus Mohammed corner kick on the 12th minute.

The Black Stars continued their dominance over Sao Tome and Principe as Jordan Ayew stepped up to covert from the spot kick after he was fouled in the 18-yard box by Nilton Pequeno on the 29th minute.

Mubarak Wakaso and Thomas Partey who had the trust from C.K Akunnor dominates the midfield as the former African champions dished out a vintage performance in the first half of the game at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The 4 times African AFCON champions kept controlling the game comfortably in the last fifteen minutes of the first half as Kudus Mohammed and Osman Bukari run past the back four of the visitors with easy but their efforts couldn't yield much better results.

Sao Tome goalkeeper Aldair D'Almeida made a brilliant save on the stroke of halftime to deny the blackstars from extending their lead.

The first half of the game ended in a 2-0 lead in going the way of the West African Giants.

Back from recess, Ghana side saw Great Olympics' Gladson Awako introduced into the game in place K.A.A Gent attacker Osman Bukari.

The Black Stars continued their impressive performance with a constant attacks on the visitors which earned them the third goal with sixty minutes into the game.

PAOK defender Abdul Baba Rahman scored his first and the third goal for the Black Stars with a nice kick on the 60th minute after Ajax midfielder Kudus Mohammed had successfully weaved his way through the defense men of Sao Tome to set loaned Chelsea left back up.

Further substitutions by the C.K led technical team saw Imoro Ibrahim, Kwasi Okyere Wriedt, Justice Blay and Kwame Poku replace Baba Rahman, Jordan Ayew, Kudus Mohammed and Mubarak Wakaso respectively.

Sao Tome played themselves into the game in the mid of the second half as they piled up pressure on the Black Stars which got them a consolation goal on the 83rd minute.

Razak Abalora's blunder gifted substitute Fernandez Carvalho the chance grab the consolation goal for Sao Tome and Principle, putting their technical bench into wild jubilation.

Center Referee Djama from Djibouti brought the game to an end with Ghana topping the group with thirteen points, a point ahead of Sudan who placed second with twelves points after disposing South Africa in Sudan.