- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) - Ghana made it three wins from three in the final stage of African Cup qualifiers by beating Mozambique 3-1 on Thursday.

Comoros and Liberia also secured victories on the second day of a week of qualifiers for next year’s continental championship in Gabon.

Frank Acheampong scored after five minutes to send Ghana’s Black Stars on their way at home against struggling Mozambique. John Boye and Jordan Ayew added goals early in the second half before Apson Manjate headed a consolation for Mozambique.

The victory strengthened Ghana’s position at the top of Group H, one of 13 groups in the final round of the qualifying competition. The group winners and two best second-place teams will qualify for the African Cup finals alongside host Gabon.

Comoros beat Botswana 1-0 to continue a run of surprise results following Sao Tome and Principe’s come-from-behind victory over Libya on Wednesday.

Also, Liberia won 1-0 in Djibouti, and Madagascar and Central African Republic drew 1-1.

New FIFA President Gianni Infantino is on a visit to Africa to coincide with the qualifiers. Infantino was in South Sudan on Wednesday, Ethiopia on Thursday, and is expected in 2017 tournament host Gabon on Friday for its friendly against Sierra Leone. Infantino will help launch the 2017 African Cup mascot and Gabon’s final preparations for the tournament it co-hosted as recently as 2012.

At Accra Sports Stadium, Acheampong’s low shot provided Avram Grant’s Ghana with an early lead. Ghana had several other clear-cut chances to score before Boye forced in a header after Christian Atsu’s shot from distance was cleared off the line. Ayew capped Ghana’s win with a delightful chip in the second half.

“All we wanted to do was to win and we achieved that,” Ghana’s Atsu said.

In a swift turnaround, Ghana will play away in Mozambique, which is bottom of the group, on Sunday.

Comoros is still bottom of Group D despite its win over Botswana, while Liberia moves up to second in Group A behind Togo, which plays Tunisia on Friday.

Togo’s game in Tunisia is one of two ties the Confederation of African Football has ruled should go ahead despite safety concerns voiced by the away teams.

Togo asked for its game in Tunisia to be relocated to a neutral country following recent deadly clashes between Tunisian security forces and militants. CAF rejected Togo’s request.

“They know that we feel that there are concerns,” Togo Football Federation deputy chairman Tchakondo Sebabi said, calling for Tunisia to strengthen its security for the game.

Malawi’s game in Guinea will also be unchanged despite the emergence of two new Ebola cases in Guinea, which was one of three West African countries badly affected by the virus outbreak. The Group L qualifier will be in the capital Conakry, the other side of the country to the new Ebola cases.

Also in Group L on Friday, Swaziland hosts Zimbabwe in a game Zimbabwean soccer authorities said was targeted by match-fixers before they uncovered the plot.

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