Ghana’s AFCON fate hung in the balance against Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday, as a win for either side would guarantee that team a place in the last 16 of the competition.
Yiadom was given the full 90 minutes for the four time champions out in Suez, and there was a familiar face for Royals fans on the opposing team sheet too as Joseph Mendes started up front for Djurtus.
Guinea-Bissau were the dominant force in the first half, with Piqueti forcing the Black Stars’ keeper into tipping his shot onto the crossbar in the early exchanges.
Mubarak Wakaso’s launched ball forward for Ghana found its way to the feet of Jordan Ayew on the edge of the area, who took time to compose himself before lashing a shot that cannoned back off the left upright.
Seconds after the restart however, the post wasn’t going to deny the Swansea striker again, as racing onto a through ball, he curled an effort into the top right corner to give Kwesi Appiah’s side the lead in the tie.
Mendes almost hit back for Bissau when space opened up for the ex-Reading man on the edge of box, but he could only watch on as his venomous effort bounced wide, again off the post.
Ghana soon took advantage of missed opportunities to double their lead, Abdul Baba’s cut back found Thomas Partey sliding in on goal.
The Atletico Madrid star sealed a 2-0 victory for Ghana, and Cameroon’s draw with Benin meant that the Black Stars topped Group F.
They will now face Tunisia who came second in Group E after a goalless draw with Mauritania. The tie will take place on Monday 8th July in Ismailia.
We wish Andy luck in the knockout stages, and will continue to follow his progress with Ghana throughout the competition.