Swaziland 0-3 Ghana: Walk in the park as Jordan Ayew debuts for Ghana
AFCON 2012 qualifier: Group I
Swaziland 0-3 Ghana (Andre Ayew, Prince Tagoe, Hans Sarpei)
Ghana XI starters:
Richard Kingson, John Paintsil, Hans Sarpei, Lee Addy, Isaac Vorsah, Anthony Annan, Kevin-Prince Boateng/Agyeman Badu, Dede Ayew/Jordan Ayew, Kwadwo Asamoah, Prince Tagoe, Asamoah Gyan/Samuel Inkoom.
Ghana is now on top of Group I with a comfortable win down south in the 2012 AFCON qualifier. Swazi coach Zwane Musa could not stand the might of the Black Stars.
Ghana used a traditional 4-4-2 for much of the game but switched to Milo’s favoured 4-2-3-1 at times.
Andre Ayew was a threat for the duration of the time he was on and got the first goal. Kwadwo Asamoah, before then quite wasteful, had a good run into the box from the left, pulled out into the box and had Prince Tagoe missed. Ayew was there to redeem.
Tagoe had a fair few chances to increase the tally but he was (typically?) wasteful. His header just before halftime hit the crossbar and seconds later he headed a good ball wide.
Second-half came and Milovan Rajevac opted to tighten the middle further by bringing on Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu for Kevin-Prince Boateng.
69 minutes into the game, Prince Tagoe controlled an Asamoah Gyan pass well and lashed the ball home from 25 yards for Ghana’s second.
And then came a gem, as Hans Adu-Sarpei scored his first goal for Ghana since his debut ten years ago. His finish would have put many-a-striker to shame. Class, it was. That was in the 81st minute.
But it was not a route-one game as the Swazi’s managed a few good spells themselves. In the end, it was an expected win for the Black Stars, who now head the table ahead of Sudan who won 2-0 over the DRC.
Milovan Rajevac gave the Ayews another piece of history as he replaced Andre with the teenage Jordan. It was the debut for the youngest of the Ayew boys.
Next up, Sudan and that’s on October 10 at the Accra Sports Stadium. The name of the national stadium has been changed from Ohene Djan stadium. Why? I dunno.
Till then, be safe. Follow me on twitter: @garyalsmith
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