The Black Stars put up an impressive display to beat Malawi 1-0 and qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals with a 3-0 aggregate win.
GHANAsoccernet.com’s Akyereko Frimpong Manson rates the outputs of the the 14 players who were fielded in the decisive qualifier.
Adam Kwarasey 7/10
The Stromsgodset shot-stopper was calm and collected in goal. Though the Flames rarely threatened his territory, he was at his best the few times the few times the Malawians looked poised to score.
John Pantsil 7/10
It was a memorable return for the 31-year-old as he is set to join Abedi Pele and Richard Kingson for five Nations Cup appearances.
Pantsil was solid at right-back and his experience appeared to have put the certain concerns at the position to rest.
Harrison Afful 7/10
Looked more dangerous going forward in the opening minutes of the tie and curtailed a number of attacks launched by the hosts.
Isaac Vorsah 8/10
In Vorsah’s presence, the Flames had limited chances in attack. The Red Salzburg center-back was commander in defence and won almost all of the aerial challenges.
He was Ghana’s best player on the pitch.
John Boye 7/10
He formed a crusting partnership with Vorsah in central defence. Boye left little space for the Malawians to operate.`
Anthony Annan 7/10
It was in many ways a typical Anthony Annan performance. He gagged the space and the middle and linked up well with Rabiu.
The Osasuna midfielder was efficient with his passes. He tried his luck with a long range effort that went into orbit.
Rabiu Mohammed 7/10
He translated his impressive performance for Evian Thonon Gillard in the French Ligue 1 and flourished in an attacking role behind Asamoah Gyan.
Rabiu looked well composed when handling the ball in the middle.
Afriyie Acquah 7/10
Scoring on national duty is always glorifying but clinching a much-needed goal to shut a talking-Malawian side was even more dignifying.
He latched onto an Andre Ayew low cross to stun the home fans in the 6th minute.
Andre Ayew 7/10
This was not one of the best games you can pick out of the Marseille winger’s lots but he was involved in the solitary goal of the game as he provided the assist.
Christian Atsu 7/10
Atsu did not always look his usual self in the first-half but embarked on fleet-footed runs after the interval and was a handful for the Malawian defence.
The FC Porto whiz kid was involved in the sequence of the play that resulted in Acquah’s goal.
Asamoah Gyan 6/10
The UAE striker captained the Black Stars and show true leadership qualities. He excelled in the usual Asamoah Gyan role as the lone ranger upfront. His touches failed to go through in most of the times.
Daniel Nii Adjei 5/10
The Asante Kotoko midfielder came off the bench to mark his Ghana debut and gave gave tips of his brilliance in midfield for the few times he handled the ball.
Abdul Majeed Waris 5/10
Waris certainly needs more time to justify what he can do in attack. His pace and physique could have been beneficial had he been introduced earlier.
Wakaso Mubarak 6/10
He brought power to the middle and exerted his influence on the left side of midfield.