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‘Spirited’ Ghana humbles Qatar to a 5-1 win in Turkey

The Black Stars of Ghana put up a ‘Titanic’ display at the Titanic Stadium in Antalya, Turkey to see off 2022 FIFA World Cup host Qatar in a 5-1 wobbling in an international friendly on Monday.

Two goals from captain of the side Andre Ayew, and a goal each, from Tariqe Fosu, Samuel Owusu and substitute Caleb Ekuban, capped an impressive display from the Black Stars from their previous game against Mali on Friday when they lost 3-0.

Head coach CK Akonnor made seven changes to the set-up that lost to the Eagles of Mali with the hope of improving the pattern of play and instilling in the players some sense of urgency and competitiveness as they prepare for their doubleheader African Cup of Nations Qualifier game against Sudan next in November.

Qatar nearly went ahead three minutes after kick-off when Almoez Ali’s connection following a through ball across the face of goal rattled the post and hobbled off along the goal line to touch.

Ghana warmed themselves into the game after the early scare and nearly went ahead when Andre Ayew weaved his way through the Qatar defense only to release a feeble shot for goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb to easily grab it.

The Black Stars’ persistent pressure paid off after 22 minutes of play. New boy Tariq Fosu, who had a good game latched on Jordan Ayew’s effort to open the scores.

However, a defensive error between centre-back Joseph Aidoo and goalkeeper Razak Abalora allowed forward Almoez to have the better of them to restore parity with a minute to recess.

The Black Stars, after first half, came onto the field with a renewed energy when they kept on mounting pressure upon pressure for a second goal.

It eventually paid off with Andre Ayew registering his name on the score sheet when he beat the offside trap to nicely slot the ball home following an assist from Thomas Partey on the 63rd minute.

Two minutes later, Partey found winger Owusu on the right side of attack with a through ball as he sped off to score the third goal of the game.

Qatar at this stage could not provide any answers to the Black Stars dominance and seem worn out in addition, as they receive bombardment from all department.

Andre Ayew made it 4-1 after combining with his brother Jordan to head home from close range, and, to capped it all with a scintillating performance, Ekuban, who replaced Jordan beautifully scored the fifth goal of the game.

It was a perfect response from the Black Stars after receiving a hefty backlash from Ghanaians on radio, TV and on social media over their abysmal performance against Mali

By: Kofi Amoah
Twitter: @milikykophy

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