MTNFootball.com rates the performance of the Black Stars after their first win at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after beating Mali 1-0 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Espanyol winger Wakaso Mubarak claimed victory for the title favourites with a 38th minute superb spot kick.
Fatau Dauda 7
The AshGold shot-stopper put in another impressive showing for the Black Stars.
Dauda’s performance was in general as assured as it his confidence has always been in his recent games for Ghana.
He is gradually claiming the first choice gloves.
John Pantsil 6
Defensively sound – something that was not said about the Hapoel Tel Aviv right-back years ago.
Though he failed to surge forward to join the attack as it is occasionally expected of him, he was impressive on the day.
Harrison Afful 8
The Esperance man underlined his defensive qualities and combined that with some great runs on the left side of attack.
Isaac Vorsah 7
Block after block after block. Vorsah was commanding in defence. He was Ghana’s main man in defence with his crucial aerial clearances.
John Boye 6
Not quite as commanding a presence as Vorsah, but stayed concentrated in the face of constant Mali pressure.
Boye formed a solid partnership in defence with Vorsah.
Mohammed Rabiu 7
Rabiu was brought in to do something Derek Boateng failed to do in the test against DR Congo and the Evian TG man, 22, was a delight in the holding role.
He kept his focus and never lifted his eyes off the ball.
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu 8
He won the penalty that was converted by Wakaso.
The Udinese man’s pace, power and panache contributed something extra to the Ghana team. He was the complete package.
Kwadwo Asamoah 6
Energetic – undoubtedly a coach’s dream to have in the squad but a wide player at this level surely has to provide more of a threat in the opposition half.He failed to glitter in the middle.
Mubarak Wakaso 9
He scored the solitary goal of the game by converting from the spot in the 38th minute. Undoubtedly Ghana’s best player on the pitch. His resilience and probing crosses were crucial in the game. It is sad that he is going to miss the final group game against Niger.
Albert Adomah 7
Confident and physically strong on the ball. He covered more distance on the pitch than any other player on the pitch.
The Bristol City man was splendid until he was replaced by Solomon Asante six minutes from time.
Asamoah Gyan 5
Though the Black Stars captain was involved in the penalty that claimed the win for Ghana but really failed to exert his influence. He must improve his form.
D Boateng 6
C Atsu 6
S Asante 6