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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Africa Cup of Nations: Ghana, Tunisia Show their Class as Bafana and Senegal Crash out

Former winners Ghana and Tunisia became the latest teams to book their slot in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations quarter finals after both won their crunch matches against South Africa and Senegal.

Ghana had to come from a goal behind to overpower South Africa 2-1 while Algeria had a far more comfortable evening beating Senegal 2-0.

With all the teams having a chance to enter the next round, only victory would guarantee progress and it was the four-time winners Ghana and the 2004 champions Tunisia who carried the day.

Avram Grant’s Ghana started their match against the Bafana Bafana on a wrong footing falling behind to an early goal from Mandla Masango. The Kaizer Chiefs midfielder was left unmarked outside the danger area and he managed to wrap his foot around the ball before hitting a sublime volley past a stranded Brimah Razak in the Black Stars’ goal with the clock hitting the 17th minute mark.

It was all Ghana thereafter with Shakes Mashaba’s side resorting to counter attacks. Andre Ayew was particularly lively putting the Bafana defence in constant check but it was towering defender John Boye who got the leveler drilling the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Nhlanhla Khuzwayo.

Kwesi Appiah saw his effort hit the base of the post before Ayew produced a magic moment, the Marseille man heading home in the 83rd minute for a 2-1 win.

Senegal had the least job to do in the group needing just a draw to progress but a goal either side of the half from Riyad Mahrez and Nabil Bentaleb saw Tunisia knock them out in a 2-0 defeat.

The last quarterfinal slots will be filled by Group D teams with nothing separating Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea and Mali who are all tied on two points.

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