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Ghana qualify for 2010 World Cup

Published:Monday | September 7, 2009 | 8:40 AM

Ghana defeated Sudan 2-0 yesterday to become the first African nation to qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals.

The Black Stars, who made their first appearance at the 2006 tournament in Germany, book their place to South Africa after Benin and Mali could only manage a 1-1 draw earlier in the day.

Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari put Ghana ahead after 13 minutes, before Chelsea star Michael Essien doubled the advantage after 53 minutes to make it four wins from four for the West Africans in Group ‘D’.

They join hosts South Africa, Brazil, Holland, Japan, Australia, South Korea and North Korea in the finals, becoming the eighth confirmed finalists.

Nigeria’s chances to qualify took a massive blow after Oussama Darragi scored against them in stoppage-time to snatch a 2-2 draw for Tunisia.