Ghana Black Stars beat Sudan to qualify for 2010 World Cup in South Africa
APA-Accra (Ghana) Ghana's senior national soccer team; the Black Stars on Sunday whipped the Nile Crocodiles of Sudan 2-0 to become the first African team to qualify for the World Cup tournament slated for South Africa in 2010.
Sulley Ali Muntari of Inter Milan fetched the opener in the 14th minute of the game after advancing past two Sudanese defenders to slot the ball home, sending the packed home crowd to a frenzy mood.
Immediately after the goal, the Sudanese side packed their defence, making it difficult for the Stars to penetrate.
After recess, Chelsea international midfield gem, Michael Essien got the second goal in the 51st minute with a 25 yard shot that beat goalkeeper Mustapha Hafis of Sudan, who stretched fully to his left side.
The victory on Sunday marked the second time Ghana has qualified for the World Cup after the Black Stars’ debut in the World Cup in Germany in 2006.
Ghana has secured 12 maximum points from four matches played in the ongoing 2010 African Cup of Nations/World Cup qualifiers and currently has two matches to play in Group D. Mali is second with five points followed by Benin, four points and Sudan, one.
Ghana's Vice President John Dramani Mahama, was at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra to give moral support to the Stars.
Shortly after the match, an elated Stars lateral defender, John Paintsil of Fulham in England, carried high Serbian Coach Milovan Rajevac on his shoulders, while cameramen at the venue chased him to catch a shot at the impressive scene.