Imperious Ghana beats Niger, 3-0

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Imperious Ghana beats Niger, 3-0

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa - Ghana outclassed Niger 3-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup as Group B winners on Monday and set up a last eight clash with Cape Verde Islands.

Four-time winner Ghana, which has not won since 1982, took the lead through Asamoah Gyan after six minutes, and although Niger had a goal disallowed for an infringement four minutes later, the team rarely threatened again.

The Black Stars doubled their lead through Christian Atsu after 23 minutes and put the game beyond Niger’s grasp when John Boye pounced on a mistake by goalkeeper Kassaly Daouda to make it 3-0 from a meter out four minutes into the second half.

Only some wayward shooting prevented Ghana winning by a far greater scoreline but they did enough to top the group with seven points, while Mali secured second spot on four points after a 1-1 draw against the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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