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26.03.2007 Football News

Sadat strikes stops Stallions

By gfa
Sadat strikes stops Stallions

Ghana's quest of picking up one of Africa's slots to the Beijing Games remained on course with a win in the final preliminary round.

The male Olympic team enter the group stages of the African qualifying series after beating Burkina Faso 2-0 at home.

A brace by striker, Sadat Bukari at the Coronation park ensured that Ghana edge out Burkina Faso on a 5-0 aggregate over two legs.

Ghana entered the Sunday's fixture with a 3-0 goal lead from the first leg after having a protest against their opponents for fielding two ineligible players upheld by competition organisers, FIFA though Burkina Faso won the game 2-0 at home.

The Black Meteors kicked off strongly and dictated the pace of the game but the Young Stallions fought their way back into the game.

The Burkinabes succeeded in hold the Ghanaian team and still kept their sights on cancelling out the 3-0 lead as the first half ended goalless.

Back from recess, the Black Meteors pushed for the opener and after 10 minutes, managed to hit the back of the net when a Jerry Akaminko mazy run into the defence of the Burkinabes saw the defender lay off a pass to Sadat Bukari who turned to shot the ball into the post.

Nine minutes later, Sadat on was on hand again when he finished off a move started by strike partner Prince Tagoe to make it 2-0.

Ghana would now be handed a place in the group stages where the winners of the various zone would qualify for the 2008 Beijing Games.

Three tickets would be available to next year's football tournament at the men's Olympic Games from the African continent.