The Black Stars of Ghana have qualified for the 2017 AFCON tournament in Gabon thanks to a 2-0 victory over Mauritius at the Anjalay Stadium, Sunday.
Frank Acheampong and Christian Atsu were slippery customers for the Mauritius defence but Jordan Ayew who led the Ghanaian attack in the absence of injured Asamoah Gyan was always caught out of position.
In the 23rd minute Acheampong was played through by Wakaso but the Anderlecht man hesitated in front of goal. With just the Mauritius goal keeper to beat, he selflessly decided to locate his skipper but his touch was too heavy to connect.
Then Andre twice came close to finding the opener in three minutes but his efforts were wide.
First, the Swansea star had his shot parried away and when his brother teed him up on the right, he shockingly missed to end the first half.
After the break Jordan Ayew was heavily policed inside the box and could not turn home a pass from Acheampong.
The Aston Villa man had another chance from close range but his decision to control another pass from Acheampong was costly.
But Andre made amends for chances when he fired in the opening goal from inside the box on 71 minutes.
The Mauritian defence failed to deal with Baba Rahman cross.
Christian Atsu doubled the Black Stars’ lead on 73rd minute after connecting another cross from Rahman’s surging run.
Grant finally handed Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Teye Partey his debut game, when he came on for Frank Acheampong in the last ten minutes before Jeffrey Schlupp came on for Atsu.
Ghana have qualified for the 2017 Afcon tournament alongside host Gabon, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Cameroon and Senegal.