Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 1/28/13
Asamoah Gyan took center stage as Ghana finally announced itself as a valid title contender at the African Cup of Nations with a 3-0 win over Niger on Monday to top Group B and cruise into the quarterfinals. Captain and striker Gyan was at the heart of Ghana's flowing victory, giving it the lead in the sixth minute, setting up Christian Atsu in the 23rd and playing a major role in a third from John Boye early in the second half. Gyan's slow start to the tournament had mirrored Ghana's sluggish early performances, but the four-time champion's title credentials were undeniable at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium against a Niger defense that had conceded just once previously in the group. Niger's problem was it also hadn't scored. Ghana now plays debutant Cape Verde in the quarters, while Mali qualified second from the group after drawing 1-1 with Congo to set up a last-eight game with host South Africa. Gyan's bullet shot rocked Niger early in Port Elizabeth and his floated cross for At...
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