Ghana beat Congo 1-0 in an Orange African Nations Championship (Chan) Group C encounter at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Monday evening.
Theophilus Anobaah’s 35th-minute striker proved to be enough as the Black Stars edged the Red Devils.
Stephen Adams started between the sticks for the Black Stars, with starlet Sulley Mohammed spearheading the attack. Asante Kotoko midfielder Jordan Opoku captained the side.
Seventeen-year old Bersyl Ngatsongo Obassi started up front for the Red Devils, while former Golden Arrows midfielder Kevine Andzouana skippered the side.
The game got off to an electric start with both sides piling forward in search of the opener.
The first chance of the encounter fell to Congo striker Bersyl Ngatsongo whose driving effort from close range went narrowly wide of Adams’s left-hand post in the fourth minute.
Congo’s Gildas Mouyaki was forced into a good save in the 10th minute to keep out a stinging effort from Ghanaian Yahaya Mohammed before Nuru Sulley’s scuffed effort from close range grazed Moyaki’s post five minutes later.
Ghana opened the scoring in the 35th minute through Theophilus Anobaah in rather fortunate circumstances. The midfielder’s feeble strike struck Andzouana before ricocheting of his knee and ending up in the back of the net.
Congo pressed forward in search of the equaliser and went within inches of doing so in quick succession. First Lorry Nkolo struck the upright before Boris Ngounga failed the hit the target from close range with the goal at his mercy.
Ghana were leading Congo 1-0 at the break. In contrast to the first stanza, the second half got off to a slow start with neither side really threatening the opposition defence in the opening minutes.
Both sides lacked penetration and patience at times, with both side opting for shots from long range rather than building up into the opposition’s box.
Congo desperately went in search of the equaliser in the dying moments but were unable to break down an organised Ghanaian outfit.