WC Qualifying Match Report: Ghana Wins the Opening Match.

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The Black Stars of Ghana has begun the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers on a high note after recording a 1-0 win over Ethiopia through Mubarak Wakaso’s long range strike on the 35th minute.

The Black Stars are in the same group with South Africa, Zimbabwe and today’s opponent, Ethiopia.
The Ethiopians going into the game managed to win all their last four matches and was poised to cause much trouble to the Black Stars.

Mubarak Wakaso’s long range strike was all that the Black Stars needed to begin their quest to be one of the five countries to represent the continent in Qatar next year at the World Cup.

The Black Stars after recording this win will travel to play South Africa on September 6, 2021 without the services of many of the players playing in England due to the COVID-19 protocols being instituted by the UK Government.

Coach C.K Akunnor will hope his boys continue this winning streak when they play South Africa in three days from today. South Africa who drew 0-0 against Zimbabwe earlier today will also hope to make amends at home against the Black Stars.

Ghana after this victory today has now made it five wins against the Ethiopians in six meetings. Their first meeting dated back to 1963 in the African Cup.
They will then lead the table with 3 points with the Ethiopians occupying the bottom of the table.

The Ethiopians did play well in the second half but a strong resilient and well determined Ghana defense could not afford them the chance to penetrate.

 

By Saaka Yakubu Issah

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