8 Sep 2009

Ghana thru to South Africa 2010

6:42 am on 8 September 2009

Ghana have qualified for next year's Fifa World Cup finals after beating Sudan 2-0 in Accra to take an unassailable lead in their group.

They are the first of five countries to qualify from the African preliminaries and achieved it with two matches still to play.

Ghana's win, combined with a 1-1 draw for closest rivals Mali in Benin, ensured the Black Stars went seven points clear at the head of Group D.

Only the five group winners qualify for the World Cup from the final phase of African qualifiers. Africa will have six representatives in 2010 because hosts South Africa are automatically in the field.