Ghana put a series of penalty heartaches behind them, Mali seethed over a controversial decision, Niger collected their first point and DR Congo disappointed Thursday in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Ghana's midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah (R) fights for the ball with Mali's midfielder Samba Diakite during a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations football match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on January 24, 2013. Four-time champions Ghana defeated Mali 1-0 Thursday to shoot to the top of Group B at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Mubarak Wakaso from Spanish Liga outfit Espanyol converted a 38th-minute spot kick to give Ghana a 1-0 victory over Mali and DR Congo and Niger drew 0-0 in a Port Elizabeth double-header that offered little excitement.
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