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Appiah Wins First Cap As Ghana Qualify

28 January 2015

Eagles striker Kwesi Appiah won his first cap for Ghana as they beat South Africa 2-1 to make it into the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

The striker came on as a 70th minute substitute as his side trailed 1-0 to Bafana Bafana but helped the Black Stars turn the game around and qualify for the last eight of the competition.

Mandla Masongo had given South Africa the lead with a fantastic dipping volley after 17 minutes, but Appiah's introduction from the bench helped spark Ghana into life and they equalised three minutes after his introduction through John Boye.

Appiah then saw a shot turned onto the post by goalkeeper Nhlanhla Khuzwayo but minutes later his side took the lead when Andre Ayew netted with a diving header to seal his side's passage into the knockout stages.

The result means Ghana top the so-called Group of Death, qualifying alongside Algeria and seeing Senegal knocked out of the competition as well as South Africa.

Appiah's side will face the runner up of Group D on Sunday which remains wide open with all four teams on two points going into today's final group games.

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