Wakaso penalty gives Ghana 1-0 win over Mali

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Associated Press

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 25 at 6:04 AM

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — Mubarak Wakaso stepped up in place of Asamoah Gyan and converted a 38th-minute penalty to give Ghana a 1-0 victory over Mali on Thursday in the African Cup of Nations, then celebrated with a religious slogan that could leave him in trouble.

Wakaso put Ghana's Group B campaign on track after the title contenders blew a 2-0 lead to draw their opening match against Congo. He celebrated by showing the words "Allah is Great!" on a T-shirt under his jersey, breaking FIFA rules that bar players fropm displaying political or religious slogans on the field. He received a yellow card and a suspension for the final group game.

In the other Group B game, Congo and Niger played a scoreless draw.

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