JOB DONE! Why the Black Stars have qualified for the AFCON regardless of the results on Sunday against São Tomé and Príncipe

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The Black Stars of Ghana have secured qualification to the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted in Cameroon after drawing 1-1 with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

The draw means the Black Stars of Ghana still sit on top of Group C with 10 points, followed by South Africa, Sudan and São Tomé and Príncipe.

Why the Black Stars have qualified for the AFCON regardless of the results on Sunday

  • With Sudan and South Africa playing each other in the final game, only one of those sides will be able to overtake the Stars if Ghana gets at least a point against Sao Tome and Principe.
  • (and if Ghana loses to Sao Tome and Principe in the final game) –  a win over Sudan would take South Africa through as group winners, knocking the Sudanese out. Ghana go through as runners-up.
  • (and if Ghana loses to Sao Tome and Principe in the final game) – a win over South Africa would take Sudan through as group winners, leaving the Stars level on points with the South Africans. With a better points tally in meetings between the two sides, Ghana still goes through.
  • (and if Ghana loses to Sao Tome and Principe in the final game) – a draw between South Africa and Sudan would take South Africa through as group winners. Sudan would then finish level on 10 points with Ghana. Both sides have a win over the other but the Black Stars have a better goal difference in those meetings; beating Sudan 2-0 and losing 1-0.
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