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Ghanaian's Goal, Sess Defeated, Gordon Sits Out

Sulley Muntari came off the bench for Ghana and scored a cracker today.
Sulley Muntari came off the bench for Ghana and scored a cracker today.

Stephane Sessegnon couldn't stop Ivory Coast beating his Benin side in an African Cup Of Nations Qualifier which was held in Accra, Ghana due to the current unrest in the Ivory Coast.

Sessegnon start on the right of a four man midfield for Benin, and was impressive when in possession, getting the better of the Ivorian left back on several occasions with his runs down the wing.

Unfortunately Didier Drogba for the Ivory Coast was in bullish mood, and his two goals saw The Elephants come away with the points.

Sessegnon did very well though in an entertaining game, which also saw former Sunderland target Guy Demel sent off for the Ivorians.

Earlier in the day in Africa, Ghana tavelled to Congo in their own AFCON Qualifier, and walked away with a superb 3-0 win.

John Mensah started the game in central defence, and went largely untested, but the good news from an SAFC perspective is he came through 90 minutes completely unscathed.

Sulley Muntari had an action packed performance when he came off the bench to replace Andre Ayew. Sulley banged home a 'trademark' Muntari goal from range with his first touch of the ball. Sulley was later booked in the game too, but it didn't effect the outcome and its good to see him get some action. Perhaps this proves his injury last weekend wasn't quite so bad as thought.

And to complete the round-up for the day, Craig Gordon's Scotland side were beaten 2-0 at Arsenal's Emirates stadium. The good news for us however is that Gordon didn't play at all, which will come as a big relief to Steve Bruce, who didn't want him playing in the game in the first place.

Craig can focus himself now on getting fit for our season and not worry about glamour friendlies against Brazil and the likes.

Just a note ahead of tomorrow's England U21 game with Iceland. If you missed our news from earlier, Jordan Henderson & Danny Welbeck will not be involved having returned to Wearside as Stuart Pearce looks to shuffle his pack. The game is on ESPN if you want to watch it anyway.

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