Ghana secures African Cup of Nations qualification
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -Debutant Afriyie Acquah's early goal for Ghana ensured the Black Stars became the first team to qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations as they beat Malawi 1-0 in Lilongwe on Saturday.
Ghana went into the match with a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, and Acquah's strike after just two minutes ensured the four-time champions will be present in South Africa early next year.
Mali delivered a firm statement of their abilities as they thrashed Botswana 4-1 in Gaborone, meaning the Eagles qualify on an aggregate score of 7-1, but defending champion Zambia required a penalty shootout to progress at the expense of Uganda by a score of 9-8.
Zambia held a 1-0 advantage going into the second leg, but lost 1-0 in normal time.