In Cape Coast, Ghana started their campaign with a home 1-0 win over Ethiopia, courtesy to Mubarak Wakaso first half strike.
Led by brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew, the Black Stars dominated the game from the first whistle, and had numerous attacks on Ethiopian defense and goalkeeper Teklemariam Shanko.
But it was not until the 35th minute that Ghana took the lead when Wakaso shot from 20 yards was wrongly received by Shanko as the Black Stars went to the break with a goal up.
The second half was a story of rare chances as the Black Stars held to their lead to go on top of the group on 3 points, two more than South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Bafana Bafana hosts Ghana in Matchday 2 top game, while Ethiopia entertains Zimbabwe in Bahir Dar.