Jimmy Cobblah made one change to his starting line-up that played against Burkina Faso as Emmanuel Toku came in to replace Saddiq Ibrahim.
Both Ghana and Senegal needed victory to confirm a place at the semi-finals of the competition and also book a ticket to the FIFA world Cup in Poland.
Senegal had a good start threatening the goal area of Ghana in the early stages and nearly got themselves a goal in the 5th minute when striker Mamadou Lamine Danfa failed to capitalize on a miscommunication between goalkeeper Nurudeen Manaf and defender Muntari Kamaheni.
Ghana’s Kudus Mohammed got the first shot on target when he made his way through the Senegalese defense before unleashing a left-footed strike which went straight into the arms of Senegal goalkeeper Cheikh Kané Sarr.
An early scare rocked Ghana’s defense when goalkeeper Nurudeen Manaf had to make a finger-tip save to prevent Senegal from finding the back of the net.
Senegal however shot themselves in front in the 11th minute when Youssouph Mamadou Badji headed in a cross from Mamadou Lamine Danfa.
The Black Satellites were let off the hook in the 15th minute, thanks to a double save from goalkeeper Nurudeen Manaf.
Nurudeen Manaf nearly committed himself when he came off his area to clear a ball only to be beaten by Youssouph Mamadou Badji but for an intervention by defender Gideon Mensah to deny Senegal a second goal.
Senegal undoubtedly looked the better side as they dictated the pace of the game with speed and power.
Ghana however took control but would hardly find their way through the Senegalese defense.
Daniel Lomotey’s thunderous strike from 20yards missed the post narrowly as the Black Satellites continued to push for the equalizer.
The Black Satellites despite seeing much of the ball in an attempt to find the back of the net would be denied by a tough Senegalese defense.
Another hammer blow would befall Ghana after Youssouph Mamadou Badji found the back of the net for the second time in the game just at the stroke of half-time to give his side a commanding advantage before the break.
Ghana started the second half much stronger and nearly got a consolation in the 48th minute after right-back Maxwell Arthur sent in an in-swinger only for Emmanuel Kumah failing to get a connection on the ball.
Senegal however kept their composure at the back by shoving off the pressure from Ghana.
Coach Jimmy Cobblah however brought on Prosper Ahiabu for Emmanuel Kumah with Sadiq Ibrahim also coming on to replace Emmanuel Toku.
The change looked to have added some light into Ghana’s attack but nothing to show for in the final third as the Satellites failed to make any significant impact in the second half.
The defeat means Ghana will not have to record a positive result in their final group game against Mali.
By Frank Darkwah