Ghana beat Zambia 2-1 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in the second capital, Kumasi on Friday evening, which provided one of the best entertainments in football.
The victory secured by the Black Stars ensures that they have booked their place in the playoff of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Africa.
An 18th-minute controversial header by Abdul Majeed Waris of Spartak Moscow gave the hosts an early lead before Juventus’ Kwadwo Asamoah doubled the lead just after the hour mark to give Ghana a precious home win over Zambia, who were in a must-win situation to advance to the final round.
Zambia pulled one back in the 72nd-minute through a carpet shot by Nathan Sinkala of TP Mazembe but the visitors could not go any further.
Ghana’s squad witnessed the return of stars Michael Essien and Andre Ayew, who returned after a long absence to help the team avoid any upset against the 2012 African Cup of Nations winners.
Ghana won their group D with 15 points while Zambia finished second with 11 points. Sudan is set to host Lesotho in the final of the Group D game on Sunday. Both sides have two points.
The rest of the final face of the group stages will be decided on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Group A: Saturday: Central African Republic v Ethiopia (Brazzaville), South Africa v Botswana (Durban)
Group B: Saturday: Sierra Leone v Equatorial Guinea (Freetown), Tunisia v Cape Verde (Rades)
Group C: Saturday: Gambia v Tanzania (Bakau), Ivory Coast v Morocco (Abidjan)
Group D: Ghana 2-1 Zambia (Kumasi, played), Sunday: Sudan v Lesotho (Omdurman)
Group E: Saturday: Burkina Faso v Gabon (Ouagadougou), Niger v Congo-Brazzaville (Niamey)
Group F: Saturday: Kenya v Namibia (Nairobi), Nigeria v Malawi (Calabar)
Group G: Sunday: Zimbabwe v Mozambique (Harare), Tuesday: Egypt v Guinea (Alexandria)
Group H: Sunday: Benin v Rwanda (Porto Novo), Tuesday: Algeria v Mali (Blida)
Group I: Sunday: Cameroon v Libya (Yaounde), Togo v DR Congo (Lome)
Group J: Saturday: Angola v Liberia (Lubango), Senegal v Uganda (Marrakesh)
Issaka Adam / NationalTurk Africa Sports