Prior to beating São Tomé, Ghana had already booked their 2021 AFCON place following a 1-1 draw against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the penultimate qualifier at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
A Mohammed Kudus 48th minute solo strike was cancelled by Percy Tau on the 51st minute which sent Ghana on 10 points and a better record over Sudan and South Africa to the next AFCON place.
Ex-Ghana goalkeeper, Abukari Damba says every country that has qualified for the 2021 AFCON can win the tournament and Ghana coach, Charles Akonnor must be aware of that.
“Every single country is a potential winner [of the 2021 AFCON].
“Every single country will have to take their own destiny into their own hands.
“Every single country tentatively can win the tournament and I choose my words carefully, can win the [2021 AFCON].
“But as to whether you have the capabilities and the abilities to do so is another ball game all together.” Damba told Adamu Muftawu.
The Black Stars made light work of São Tomé with defender, Nicholas Opoku heading home his debut and Black Stars opening goal on the 13th minute.
With 30 minutes played, Jordan Ayew won a penalty for Ghana when he was brought down in the São Tomé goal area.
The Crystal Palace striker elected to take which he expertly converted on the 32nd minute to peg the game at 2-0.
The goal is Jordan’s 18th in 64 appearances for the Black Stars of Ghana.
The game went into half time with Ghana lending 2-0.
Back from the break, PAOK Thessaloniki left back, Baba Rahman scored his first Black Stars goal when he tapped in Ghana’s third from a low cross.
São Tomé, who ended group bottom with no point, pulled a goal back on the 86th minute after Hernandez Calvao scored from goalkeeper Razak Abalora’s botched back pass to end the game at 3-1 for Ghana.
Ghana finished top of group C on 13 points with Sudan who beat South Africa 2-0 in Khartoum finishing second on 12 points.
South Africa will miss the 2021 AFCON to be staged in Cameroon in January 2022 after finishing 3rd on 10 points and São Tomé bottom with no points.
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