Ghana beat South Africa to win All Africa Games gold

Published on: 17 September 2011

Ghana beat South Africa 4-2 on penalties to win the 2011 All Africa Games after both team tied 1-1 after regulation time. 

South Africa opened the scoring in the 86th minute through Eugene who struck inside the box after goalkeeper Daniel Agyei's save hit his chest and dropped in front of the on-rushing striker.

The Black Meteors never gave up and drew level added on time from the spot in what looked like a dubious penalty call by the referee.

Hearts of Oak striker Mahatma Otoo made no mistake and snatched the equalizer to push the game into extra-time.

Both sides failed to score after 120 minutes action and Ghana converted all four of their kicks while the Amagluglug missed two out of four kicks.

The feat also comes as a boost for local coaches as Akwasi Appiah's achievements with the team will restore their image.

Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi will also get some of the credit for leading the country into the right direction having won Africa's first U20 World Cup title and also sending the Black Stars to the World Cup for the first time.

Before South Africa went ahead, substitute Mumuni Abubakar was fouled after receiving a pass from Mahatma Otoo.

Morton teed up Otoo who unleashed a screamer which smashed the cross-bar with goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo completely beaten.

Ghana could not take advantage of the rebound as Prince Baffoe shot wide.

Before the first half of extra-time, goalkeeper Khuzwayo managed to keep South Africa's hopes alive by pulling a great save.

Ten minutes away from the final whistle, striker Eugene made a audacious attempt from 25 metres but that was always rising.

On 112 minutes, Edwin Gyimah blasted a low grounder but once again goalkeeper Khuzwayo parried it away for a corner-kick.

The resultant kick was wasted once again by the Black Meteors who failed to make anything meaningful from the numerous corner-kicks earned.

Four minutes later, Ali Nurudeen who replaced injured Richard Mpong, skied a nice opportunity inside the box.

A simple tap-in could have sealed the win for Kwesi Appiah's charges.

Both teams failed to create scoring opportunities afterwards and that meant the winner will be decided from the spot.

Ghana goalkeeper Daniel Agyei turned hero on the evening when he saved Eugene's kick, scored his side's second spot-kick and scared Shongwe to throw away South Africa's second kick.

The Meteors will for the first time win an All Africa Games gold medal in the quadrennial competition since 1965.

Ghana won bronze medals in 1978 and 2003.

Ghana: Agyei-Sefah, Sumaila, Morton, Adams-Gyimah, Asante (Abubakar 58’),  Mpong (Sarfo 109), Baffoe (Ali 89’)-, Otoo, Fiamenyo

South Africa: Khuzwayo, Pule, Mxoyana, Masalesa, Sangweni, Khumalo (Zulu 66’), Zwane, Shongwe, Mkhwanazi, Bhengu (Adolph 75’), Eugene

 

Comments

  • Francis de Assisi
    says: 7 years ago
    Well done guys. We are the champions of Africa. Thanx to Kwasi Appiah and the FA. Thanks again. Excellent job done. Its a proud moment for all Ghanaians.
  • dadaba
    says: 7 years ago
    Cool.
  • stephen asomah
    says: 7 years ago
    mama mia , adams adams adams wat a penalty, god bless u all 4 lifting de nations image
  • bladesman
    says: 7 years ago
    Well done lads
  • nana
    says: 7 years ago
    Reali suprised ghanaians are rejoicing over victory.in my candid opinion the penalty given us actualy was a mistake.We still hav to work on our team and not be swollen headed.kwasi Appiah needs to work on his guys techically,but all de same they finished off well.
  • Andre Jesse
    says: 7 years ago
    Everyone should remember people like Samuel Inkoom who went againt his club manager paid the players for motivation and recieved a pay cut, got burgeled whilst playing to get Ghana qualified for this Tournement, I think the FA has to reward him...And Agyman Badu.
  • sam
    says: 7 years ago
    All hail the Meteors they've made the nation proud. Thumbs up AKWASI APPIAH!!!!
  • bee
    says: 7 years ago
    weldone akwasi and his guys for emerging victorious
  • Kwadwo Addai
    says: 7 years ago
    Kudos
  • sheik sesay
    says: 7 years ago
    very proud, this is hilarious. well done kwasi and the boys.
  • Saxcee4u
    says: 7 years ago
    So afterall its not the players who are bad, its the coaches. Akwesi appiah wel done.
  • Javah2
    says: 7 years ago
    Gud job done. Keep it up Akwasi
  • 21guns
    says: 7 years ago
    weldone you have done a great job .ghana rules africa
  • Gentle John
    says: 7 years ago
    Yes i always says the most of the local choaches are rather bad and not the local players,well Kwesi Appiah,well done Black Meteors players
  • ernest madiba
    says: 7 years ago
    bravo!!! bravo!!!! once again u've made ur country and urselves proud for winning the gold medal. Akwasi Appiah well done.
  • Mr.N
    says: 7 years ago
    Everything in soccer that we as a country had won had been done with a Ghanaian coach in charge. 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982 African cup on nations. 1991 and 1995 U-17 World Cup and 2009 U-21 World Cup just to name a few. Who said man no dey Man dey proper?
  • JAL
    says: 7 years ago
    All those who were calling this coach, Akwasi Appiah, names and raining insults after the first lost to South Africa should apologize either than that they will be punish by God with leprosy or madness.
  • Guy
    says: 7 years ago
    Congrats!
  • rev.face
    says: 7 years ago
    Well done guys for making mother Gh proud!we salute ur heroic achievement!God bless our homeland Ghana!
  • rev.face
    says: 7 years ago
    I am proud to b a Ghanain!
  • rev.face
    says: 7 years ago
    I am very proud to b a Ghanaian!
  • Pulock
    says: 7 years ago
    If dis team was given 2 kwasi appiah instead of d stuborn david duncan, in d 1st place, ghana wd av made it 2 d london olympics.
  • Bemol
    says: 7 years ago
    Puloch u made a point! Kwasi kudos to u and ur boys tank.it seens that our national team lads dosen't no how to play penalties but look at the junior ones they were impresive, oh we miss london games.
  • Unknown
    says: 7 years ago
    Great news, congratulations boys!
  • Nkonyaa
    says: 7 years ago
    the boys v done well n not 4gtin the coach ba where is plavi to tap this talent into the national team since did not see them play.
  • JnrB
    says: 7 years ago
    CONGRATULATIONS BOYS BOYS
  • ALI GHANA, NAIROBI, KENYA
    says: 7 years ago
    Patience pay!
  • ALI GHANA, NAIROBI, KENYA
    says: 7 years ago
    I meant 'Patience pays!'