(Sporting Alert) — Ghana wasted little time in sealing the top spot in the Africa Nations Cup Group B standings after the comfortable 3-0 win over Niger at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Monday.
With the victory, Ghana ended with seven points from three games, three ahead of second place Mali, which played to a 1-1 tie with DR Congo.
Africa Cup of Nations Group B Table Standings
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Both games were broadcast live on ESPN3.com and could be available online for replay coverage.
EASY FOR GHANA
Former English Premier League striker Asamoah Gyan opened the scoring for the Black Stars after just six minutes when he fired home a low shot from a pass from Albert Adomah.
Christian Atsu added a second prior to the break before John Boye netted Ghana’s third four minutes in the second to seal the easy win.
In the other Group B game, second place Mali made sure they didn’t slip up after going behind and the 1-1 draw with Congo was enough to take them through.
Dieudonne Mbokani gave DR Congo the lead in the third minute from the penalty spot, but Mamadou Samassa answered back in the 14th minute to earn his team a valuable point.
So after three games played in the group, the Africa Cup of Nations Group B standings see Ghana winning with seven points, Mali second with 4, DR Congo followed with 3, while Niger had 1.
Congo v Mali Teams
DR Congo: Kidiaba, Mongongu, Kasusula, Issama, Zakuani, Mulumbu, Makiadi, Ilunga, Kaluyituka, Mbokani, LuaLua. Subs: Mandanda, Kabangu, Mabiala, Manzia, Mputu, Zola, Kanda, Mulemo, Mbemba, Luvumbu, Kisombe, Bakala.
Mali: Mamadou Samassa, Diawara, Adama Coulibaly, Wague, Tamboura, Keita, Sissoko, Sow, Samba Diakite, Mahamadou Samassa, Maiga. Subs: Soumaila Diakite, Idrissa Coulibaly, Cheick Diarra, Kalilou Traore, Diabate, Sigamary Diarra, Yatabare, Mahamane Traore, Salif Coulibaly, N’Diaye, Ousmane Coulibaly, Yirango.
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)
Ghana v Niger Teams
Niger: Daouda, Bachard, Dankwa, Chicoto, Kourouma, Koudize, Soumaila, Lancina, Talatou, Maazou, Sidibe. Subs: Alzouma, Kader, James, Laouali, Kamilou, Dante, Sakou, Boubacar, Alassane, William, Moutari.
Ghana: Dauda, Pantsil, Boye, Vorsah, Afful, Agyemang-Badu, Rabiu, Adomah, Asamoah, Atsu, Gyan. Subs: Agyei, Richard Boateng, Awal, Annan, Derek Boateng, Akaminko, Asante, Clottey, Boakye, Mensah, Kwarasey.
Referee: Badara Diatta (Senegal)