Ghana stumble past Namibia

The hosts only manage one goal in their Group A win over lowly Namibia.

    Junior Agogo scored the only goal of the match as Ghana struggled past Namibia [Reuters]

    Namibia's second straight loss means they will be heading back to southern Africa irrespective of what happens in their final Group A tie against Guinea, with valuable lessons learned ahead of their bid to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.
     
    Ghana, marshalled by Chelsea's Michael Essien in midfield, made their intentions clear from the opening whistle, setting up permanent residence around Namibia's goal box.
     
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    However, given that the Brave Warriors were 4-0 down by halftime against Morocco, the goalless scoreline up to the 40th minute spoke volumes for Namibia's newfound resilience.
     
    But with halftime looming, Agogo slotted home rather clumsily from six yards after Quincy Owusu Abeyie's cross from the right, four minutes before the interval.
     
    Shortly after the resumption Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari, responsible for the match winner over Guinea, had the Ohene Djan Stadium roaring when he unleashed one of his trademark long shots at Attiel, but on this occasion the ball sailed over the crossbar.
     
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    Richard Kingston, Ghana goalkeeper, then picked up a boooking for a too hastily taken free kick meaning he'll miss the final group match, leaving his brother, Hearts midfielder Laryea, to uphold family honour against Morocco.
     
    The second half mirrored the first, with Ghana hounding the Namibian defence which again performed strongly to deny the forecast deluge of goals from the hosts.
     
    Namibia could even have snatched a draw, had they not been so profligate in front of goal, with talismanic Hamburg midfielder Collin Benjamin just shooting wide of the far post in the 75th minute and pacey forward Brian Brendell squandering a host of chances.
     
    This was the second game of the day in Accra, after 10-man Guinea held off a Moroccan come back in a 3-2 win.
     
    The two results leave Ghana leading Group A on six points, with Morocco and Guinea both on three with all to play for come Monday.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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