FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap: Ghana go top, Congo DR hold Lybia
Ghana edged ahead of Zambia to top FIFA World Cup Qualifying (CAF) Group D with a 3-1 win over Sudan in Omdurman on Friday.
They had to do it the hard way though, despite going ahead through Asamoah Gyan on 20 minutes, as they were then pegged back 10 minutes later through Mudather El Tahir.
To make things worse, Richard Kissi Boateng was dismissed for the offence which led to the penalty from which the Al Hilal striker netted.
However, Ghana went back in front after 56 minutes through Gyan, who now stands as his country’s top goalscorer. The 27-year-old bagged his 33rd and 34th international goals to move ahead of former UEFA Champions League winner Abedi Pele into first place.
Sulley Muntari wrapped up the three points with a goal straight from a corner for the visitors with nine minutes to go.
The result piles the pressure on Zambia in second place who face Lesotho on Saturday, needing a win to resume top spot, while it also keeps Sudan bottom with still just a point to their name.
There was no change, and no goals, in the group I fixture either as Libya drew 0-0 with Congo DR in Tripoli.
Despite the hosts remaining in second place, it represents a missed opportunity for Libya who could have moved ahead of Cameroon into top spot.
They remain unbeaten in the group but a win for Cameroon against Togo on Sunday will put them three points clear at the top and firm favourites to progress.
Fri 7 Jun, 2013