Afcon 2017: Jordan Ayew scores in Ghana victory

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Ghana eased to a 3-1 home victory over Mozambique in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Thursday. Frank Acheampong set the Black Stars on their way with the opening goal after only four minutes had been played. On 56 minutes John Boye, captain in place of the injured Asamoah Gyan, doubled the lead and two minutes later Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew made it 3-0.

Apson Manjate pulled a goal back for the visitors but Ghana easily extended their lead at the top of Group H. Mauritius play Rwanda in the group’s other game on Saturday. Earlier on Thursday Madagascar held Central African Republic to a 1-1 draw. Hosts Madagascar took the lead on 80 minutes through a penalty by Carolus Andriamahitsinoro but they were pegged back with only four minutes to go when Limane Moussa scored the equaliser for CAR. The result means Madagascar remain bottom of Group B on two points, while CAR move to four points to draw level with leaders Angola.

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In Group D Comoros beat Botswana 1-0 in match that was interrupted because of heavy rain. The teams were called off after 56 minutes, with the score at 0-0, and the match only resumed once the rain stopped and the pitch had dried. Three minutes after it had restarted Ben Mohamed El Fardou struck the only goal of the game to earn Comoros a surprise win and their first points of the group stage.

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Comoros draw level on points with third-placed Burkina Faso but remain bottom of the table by goal difference. Bostwana stay in second place. Liberia earned a 1-0 win away to Djibouti in Group A, taking them level with leaders Togo on six points. Anthony Laffor scored the winner on 65 minutes, leaving bottom side Djibouti still without a point in the group stage.

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