Ghana end Zambia’s Brazil dreams
Zambia’s 2014 World Cup dreams came to a conclusive end on Friday with a 2-1 away loss to Ghana in Kumasi.
Ghana’s win sees them through to next month’s final playoff qualifier place on 15 points as they chase their third successive World Cup appearance.
The Black Stars took advantage of an unsettled Zambia in the first half to take a 1-0 lead into the break through Majeed Waris who headed in from close range after beating his marker Hichani Himonde.
Nathan Sinkala had Zambia’s best effort in the first half when in the 38th minute his long range shot was parried by Fatawu Dauda.
Fwayo Tembo’s introduction for defender Hicahni Himonde in the 46th minute added some much needed life to Zambia’s flat attack of Emmanuel Mayuka and Chris Katongo.
However, despite the second half pressure from Zambia, midfielder Kwado Asamoah made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute against the run of play.
Ten minutes later, Sinkala made no mistake finishing off a Rainford Kalaba corner but Ghana held on to get their valuble win despite Herve Renard throwing on additional firepower in the form of James Chamanga for Davies Nkausu.