Skipper André Ayew scored two special goals as Ghana beat Sudan 2-0 at the Cape Coast Stadium.
CK Akonnor despite having injury problems named a strong side, Richard Ofori was named in goal, John Boye, Christopher Netty, Emmanuel Lomotey were handed starts.
Herbert Verlud also named a strong Sudanese side, Samawal Merghani, Ahmed Ibrahim, Amir Kamal, Mohamed Rasheed, Ahmed Hamed, Ramadan Agab and Mohamed Abdel Rahman were handed starts.
Ghana came into the game having won their first two group games, beating South Africa 2-0 and São Tomé and Principe by 1-0, whiles the Sudanese came into the game having beaten São Tomé and Principe 4-0 and losing 1-0 to South Africa.
Ghana’s lineup for the game: Richard Ofori, Christopher Nettey, Baba Abdul Rahman, Alexander Djiku, John Boye, Afriyie Acquah, Emmanuel Lomotey, Tariqe Fosu, Samuel Owusu, Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew
Sudan’s lineup for the game: Ali Abdallah, Samawal Merghani, Ahmed Ibrahim, Amir Kamal and Faris Abdullah, Nasr Eldin Shigel, Abuaagla Abdallah, Mohamed Rasheed, Ahmed Hamed, Ramadan Agab, Mohamed Abdel Rahman
The Falcons started the game the better side, but it was the Black Stars who had the first chance of the game, a decent run and a good cross from André Ayew found no one.
The Black Stars broke the deadlock in the 19th minute. André Ayew, who was making his 91st appearance for Ghana converted a beautiful free kick from the edge of the box.
Ghana came close to making it 2 in the 28th minute, Samuel Owusu received a good pass from Tarique Fosu but he failed to beat the on rushing Ali Abdallah.
Sudan had a penalty claim turned down when Abdel Rahman was pushed off the ball by John Boye, referee wasn’t having none of that and allowed play to go on.
The remaining minutes of the first half was evenly contested, Ayew had the ball in the back of the net on the stroke of half time, but the referee spotted an infringement on the goalkeeper and ruled the goal out.
The second half was not as entertaining as the first half was, most of the ball was played in midfield.
With less than 20 minutes to go, Sudan saw the opportunity of snatching what could have been a historic point at the Cape coast Stadium, but it was André Ayew who ended that dream with splendid solo goal.
Ayew went past a number of the Sudan players, cut in and curled a beautiful shot past goalkeeper Ali Abdallah, a goal i believe the legendary Arjen Robben will be proud watching.
The game ended 2-0, Ghana beat Sudan 2-0. The Black Stars will travel to Khartoum to play Sudan on Tuesday, November 17.
Ghana after 3 games sit top of Group C with 9 points.