African WCQ round-up
Ghana maintained their 100 per cent record in Group D to become the first African side to qualify for the World Cup.
By Carla Hilton
Last Updated: 07/09/09 10:50am
Ghana maintained their 100 per cent record in Group D to become the first African side to qualify for the World Cup, whilst Togo were denied top spot in Group A.
Ghana booked their place in South Africa thanks to a 2-0 win over lowly Sudan in World Cup Qualifying Group D.
Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari opened the scoring midway through the first half in Accra in what was a dominant display from the group leaders.
Chelsea's Michael Essien then doubled the scoreline just before the hour mark, leaving Milovan Rajevac's side seven points clear of nearest rivals Mali.
The latter had every chance of closing the gap when leading Benin in Cotonou thanks to a Mamadou Samassa strike on 72 minutes.
Mohamed Aoudou, though, brought it level late in the game to leave leaders Ghana some way clear of their rivals.
Togo were denied top spot in Group A after Adel Taarabt secured a last gasp equaliser for Morocco.
The Togolese broke the deadlock on just six minutes in Lome through Aston Villa midfielder Moutspha Salifou.
And they looked to have the win in the bag until Taarabt converted in stoppage time to secure a point.
The group remains wide open with Gabon still in top spot despite suffering defeat at the hands of Cameroon on Saturday.
In Group B leaders Tunisia were held to a draw against second-placed Nigeria in a gritty clash which, again, went to the wire.
Peter Odemwingie gave Nigeria a short-lived lead on 23 minutes before Nabil Taider reacted almost instantly to bring it level.
The group leaders fell behind for a second time when Michael Eneramo slotted home with ten minutes remaining, but Oussama Darragi made sure of a point in stoppage time to cement Tunisia's top-spot status.
Below them, Mozambique relegated Kenya to bottom spot with a narrow win in Maputo - Tico Tico with the only goal in a close encounter.