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Ghana seal place in AFCON, DR Congo smash Madagascar

Ghana are the seventh team to ensure a place in the 2017 African Cup of Nations finals

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 5 Jun 2016
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Ghana's soccer team players celebrate after their 2014 World Cup qualifying second leg playoff soccer match against Egypt at Air Defence "30 June" stadium in Cairo, November 19, 2013 (Reuters)
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Ghana defeated Mauritius 2-0 in the fifth round of the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on Sunday, becoming the sixth team to reach the tournament's finals in Gabon.

Swansea City winger Andre Ayew shined and opened the scoring for the visitors Ghana in the 71st minute, seven minutes before Malaga’s on-loan star Christian Atsu notched the second to ensure the game's points for the Black Stars.

Ghana are leading their Group H with 13 points with one match to spare, seven over second-placed Rwanda, who share the same points with Mauritius.

The Black Stars were the better side despite playing away from home to become the sixth country to reach the Nations Cup after Morocco, Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt and Senegal.

Elsewhere, DR Congo smashed Madagascar 6-1 in the fifth round of the qualifiers to maintain lead of Group B with 12 points, six points clear of the Central African Republic, who will face Angola late on Sunday.

DR Congo dominated their hosts Madagascar from the starting whistle when Cedric Bakambu snatched an early goal after two minutes before Paul-Jose M'Poku scored the second in the 21st minute, then Yannick Bolasie scored three minutes before the break.

In the second half, the visitors managed to score again with M'Poku 65, Bakambu 82 and Jordan Rolly Botaka in the 90th minute.

Madagascar's only goal was scored in the 87th minute through their striker Jhon Baggio Rakotonomenjanahary to finish the game 6-1 for DR Congo.

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