Meteors sink South Africa

16 years ago

Ghana stayed in contention and upped their chances of picking the single ticket available in Group A of the men’s Olympic qualifying campaign with a comfortable 3-1 away win over South Africa on Saturday.

A first half brace from striker, Prince Tagoe inside eight minutes and an Obed Ansah goal in the second half was enough to see Cecil Jones Attuquayefio’s Black Meteors overcome the Amaglug-glug’s late consolation after a 3-0 lead by Ghana at the Potchefstroom's Olen Park.

The win sends Ghana second on the table with just a point separating the Black Meteors and table toppers, Nigeria as the national Olympic team keeps hope alive of qualifying to next year’s Beijing Olympic Games.

Ghana finished the first half 2-0 up after Tagoe had secured both goals for Ghana within an eight-minute spell as an expectant home crowd watched in despair.

The second half was not anything different as the Black Meteors controlled the game and deservedly go the third goal through Obed Ansah.

However, the Amaglug-glug got a late consolation though it did their chances no good with just a point to their credit after three games in the qualifying campaign from the three-team group dubbed at the “Group of Death”.

Though the group initially was four, Ethiopia pulled out citing their millennium celebrations leaving the three countries to slug it out for the sole price of qualifying for the 2008 games.

The Black Meteors, who lost their first game away to Nigeria would now play their remaining two games at home as they welcome South Africa and Nigeria.