Ghana beat Malawi to qualify to 2013 Nations Cup
Ghana became the first country to qualify to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after beating Malawi 1-0 in Lilongwe on Saturday.
Italy-based youngster Afriyie Acquah, who was handed his first senior start, scored on four minutes to ensure the Black Stars sealed a 3-0 aggregate win.
Acquah turned in from close range on Andre Ayew’s powerful shot at goal which beat goalkeeper Simplex Nthara .
Ghana threatened to double the lead from another corner kick but Gyan’s header went wide to the relief of the Malawi defence on 12 minutes.
Two minutes later, James Chimango takes a shot inside the Ghana penalty area but his strike goes horribly wide.
Sudanese referee Abdulrahman Khalid ignored a penalty call from Ghana after Ghana captain Gyan
On the hour mark, Joseph Kamwendo burrowed the Ghana defence but his delivery was poor.
After the break, the Black Stars settled down and took control of the game especially in midfield with Anthony Annan, Afriyie Acquah and Christian Atsu in control.
FC Porto whiz kid Atsu came close to increasing the lead in the 47th minute.
He cut in neatly from the left after whisking past his marker but his curling effort went wide.
In the 69th minute, a threatening strike from just outside the box went wide.
Robin Ngalande also made an attempt to score but could not find the back of the net.
The final ten minutes was a topsy-turvy encounter but Malawi could not fight back into the game.
Ghana will make a 19th appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa next January.