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African Nations Cup MALI 2002
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
3rd place
South Africa - Ghana
After two 0:0 in the first round of matches this group is more open than before. South Africa have lost two points against Burkina Faso who now should be considered a realistic threat by the three 'big' teams in this group. No decision in this group will be mathematically final before the last match.
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Since the draw South Africa's odds at Sportsbooks to win the tournament have slumped after they had started as one of the hottest favorites. This seems a bit unfair as the South Africans displayed a well organised squad with a clear vision of the game and only a problem in converting their chances. One reason might have been the injury of number one striker Shaun Bartlett who will be missing today as well.
Ghana have their own problems. They have sent home their most profilic player, defender Samuel Kuffour of Bayern Munich because of alleged interference with the team management and undermining of authority.
It means the actual Ghana team looks less experienced than ever. But the players are tested in vaious African competitions and provided they can establish a team spirit should not be underestimated.
South Africa go into the match as 10/11 (decimal odds: 1.91) favorites, Ghana 11/4 (3.75), draw 21/10 (3.1).
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The match: The mystic goal drought continues...
-('2) goal after a corner for South Africa which is disallowed for unclear reasons
-Ghana begin agressive, the pace is high but the match fragmented. Ghana conquer balls but cannot establish a fluent passing game.
-many challenges, some inaccurate passing, defenders rule. Pace is high and entertainment is low - also thanks to a small crowd who only delivers a thin echo to the actions
-('30) Ghana: nice free kick by Duah, over the bar
-('34) penalty for South Africa, Mensah who is in physical contact with Fortune handles the ball. Fortune's quite sharp low shot parried by Adjei , not easy.
-('37) Essien answers with a frantic 25 meter curved shot that hits the goalframe
halftime 0:0
-('48) even at an 18 meter free kick (Ghana) the defenders are too quick and the ball never sees the goal (blocked)
-('49)('50) Two promising attacks by South Africa- the second sees another save by Adjei. The Hearts Of Oak keeper is one of the best on the line
-slowly the match becomes more entertaining, especially Ghana are able to establish some more successful attacking game:
-('58)('62) both teams, in person Boateng and August with long range shots across the goal
-('63) fine curved shot by Gyan saved
-('64) great solorun by Boateng has penetrated into the red zone from the rght hand side through a bunch of defenders and fires now from close range and a rescuing save by the South African keeper Vonk with his foot
-a period follows in which South Africa regains midfield balance, even slight dominance
-('74) error in the Ghanaian defence: Buckley is all alone when a cross reaches him on the opposite wing, he fires and Adjei saves
-there is more space in midfield but defences have taken over again and allow only minor dangerous goalscenes
-('injury time) McCarthy blasts a long range free kick 5 meters high across the bar
-('injury time) suddenly a last chance for Ghana but South Africa withstand
final score 0:0
South Africa have been a little disappoimting. Unlike 1996 and 2000 there has been no logical winner in this matchup. Ghana are a difficult team to defeat, strong in one on one, but they are still far away from a goal spree. But they are now in a quite good position in the group. 

match data as published by CAF Online:
Referee: Mourad Daami (TUN)
Ass. Referees: Taoufik Adjengui (TUN), Salah El Berry (EGY) 
Attendance: 5 000
South Africa: 1-Hans Vonk; 2-Mbulelo Mabizela, 3-Bradley Carnell, 13-Pierre Issa, 19-Aaron Mokoena, 21-Eric Tinkler, 7-Quinton Fortune (8- T. Mngomeni 60), 14-Siyabonga Nomvete (11-bRadely August), 18-Delron Buckley, 15-Sibusiso Zuma, 17-Benni McCarthy 
Ghana: 12-Sammy Adjei; 5-John Mensah, 14-George Blay, 15-Princeton Owusu-Ansah (Yaw Amankwah Mireku 72), 19-Kofi Amponsah (21-John Pantsil 81) , 20-Ibrahim Abdul Razak, 8-Michael Essien, 16-Emmanuel Duah (9-Matthew Amoah 77), 17-Baffour Gyan, 10-Dereck Boateng, 18-Ishmael Addo 
Ghana: 16- E. Duah (13), 5- J. Mensah (62), 8- M. Essien (72).
S. Africa: 7- Quinton Fortune (36), 18- D. Buckley (38)


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