Accra, Ghana Black Stars’ hopes of qualifying to the Qatar 2022 World Cup finals were dented following a 1-0 defeat to the Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Monday.

The depleted Black Stars, who lost seven players from the match that they beat Ethiopia 1-0 on Friday, could not create many chances in the first half.

South Africa, who drew with Zimbabwe on Friday, were in desperate need of the three points hence lifted their game in the second half.

The efforts of the home side paid off when they broke the deadlock in the 83rd minute.

With the win, South Africa now top Group G with four points, followed by Ghana with three points.

Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, who are also in Group G, will vie against each other on Tuesday. 

(EW correspondent)