AFCON 2015: Ghana qualifies for quarterfinals while South Africa is out

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AFCON 2015: This is the fourth time in five editions of the competition that the Bafana Bafana (South Africa)  would fail to progress beyond the group stage of the AFCON while the Black Stars (Ghana) claimed their fourth straight quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

Ghana have qualified for the quarterfinals of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea after beating South Africa 2-1 in the last round of matches of Group C on Tuesday.

Two goals from substitute John Boye and Andre Ayew after a Mandla Masanga opener sealed the group for the Avram Grant-led side above the Desert Foxes of Algeria, who also defeated Senegal 2-0.

The Black Stars topped the group with six points same as runners-up, Algeria, but went on top courtesy of their 1-0 win over the North Africans in their second group match.

The two will join hosts Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tunisia in the quarterfinals, which will begin on Saturday.

South Africa needed a two-goal win over the West Africans to qualify with the hope that Algeria could defeat Senegal but they lost a one goal lead to a superior second half performance from the Ghanaians.

The South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba apologised to their fans soon after the match.

“I know people will not be glad at home but I say they should please bear with us, it will be better the next time,” he said on SuperSport.

 

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