The senior national team of Ghana are getting ready to play their qualifiers for the continent’s biggest football competition – the Africa Cup of Nations. And several African teams are preparing for their respective games, hence are on the whole, gearing up for the proximate competition. The Black Stars of Ghana is no special case as they have begun training by playing two international friendlies against Mali and Qatar.
With practically a new team of players of the four times Champions of Africa, fans were anticipating a good game from the stars. Shockingly, the team lost by 3-0 against the Malians, who are a young yet a composed side. Ghana’s manager, C.K Akunnor, whose first test was this match was very disillusioned with his team but was hopeful the team would skip back against the next game against Qatar.
Qatar, who are the host of next FIFA World Cup in 2022, were additionally cheery they were going to run over the Black Stars. Ghana’s team is loaded with a youthful side, with a couple of experienced ones who were in there to motivate them. There was so much expected from the Black Stars particularly when it had the recently signed Arsenal Midfielder Thomas Partey in there.
In their newly designed yellow shirt, the Black Stars dominated the game in the first half with incredible goal scoring chances and shots at goal. Ghana’s midfield was very strong with an organized team, making it hard for the Qataris to infiltrate from the center. The captain of the side, Dede Ayew was as usual awesome in the game as his clairvoyance with his junior brother Jordan and Partey was phenomenal.
The likes of Samuel Owusu, Tariq Fosu, Benson Annan, Joseph Aidoo, Mohammed Yakubu, and the others all did well overall. This time the dread as first time Black Stars players was off. The first 45 minutes ended with one goal apiece, with Tariq Fosu getting the first goal for Ghana after 22 minutes, after an all around worked ball from Jordan Ayew. The Qataris equalized on the stroke of the first half through a slight cautious botch from the central defense of the Ghanaians.
In the second half, Ghana was on ‘fire’ as they forcefully went for all the 50-50 balls by playing like it was a final match in a tournament. The Qataris additionally ensured the Ghanaian team didn’t take the lead. In the 63rd minute, the captain Dede Ayew got the second goal for the Stars, after a brilliant through ball from Thomas Partey went directly to Ayew. Two minutes after that (64 mins), Samuel Owusu scored Ghana’s third goal after Partey again gave a radiant pass through the defenders of the Qataris for Owusu to twist the ball into the net delightfully.
The Asian champions also created a few chances that could’ve have caused some problems in front of Ghana’s goal, but squandered every one of those odds. Ghana scored two additional goals, with the skipper Dede Ayew adding another goal through a cross from his Jordan Ayew in the 83rd minute, while Caleb Ekuban came from the bench to score the fifth and last goal of the match, assisted by Samuel Owusu. For the most part, Ghana was very impressive in the game, as all the players demonstrated why they have the right to be in the team.