Ghana’s senior National Football team, the Black Stars of Ghana began their 2021 African cup Qualifying campaign on a flying note, when they beat the Bafana Bafana boys of South Africa by 2-0.
In what seemed like a revenge of the 1-0 defeat suffered at the hands of South Africa in 2000 at kumasi, the Black stars did enough to bring joy to the thousands that thronged to the Capecoast Stadium.
The early embers of the game was characterized by physical battles as both teams struggled to keep the ball on the turf.
South Africa looked difficult to break down.
The Bafana Bafana suffered a huge blow after Bogani Zungu picked up an injury early in the game.
The Ghanaians threatened the South African defence early and Jordan Ayew flicked Partey’s long cross but the effort was too feeble.
Furman almost found the net for Bafana Bafana after an in-box scuffle that saw the ball fall within his reach, but he blasted wide from 6yards.
The Visitors lost their enthusiasm moments later when Thomas Partey opened the scoring for Ghana. The Athletico Madrid midfielder picked struck from 25 yards to stun the ‘statued’ South African defence.
Ghana discovered even more guile and penetration in the second half of the game. South Africa were forced to play on mostly in their half as the game grew into what was a one sided affair.
The relentless fans even grew stronger as the drumming and chanting and singing charged up the atmosphere for a Ghanaian win.
Back stars ‘new boy’ Kudus Mohammed rewarded coach Kwesi Appiah call-up with a beautiful finish to grab Ghana’s Second. Kudus rifled a powerful shot into the right top corner in what looked like he had perfectly solved a fictitious maize created by the South African defenders, judging from his solo driving run.
Ghana leap frog to second on their group table, with three points but trail on goal difference to Sudan who were 4-0winners at San Tome and Principe.
Ghana face Sao Tome and Principe on Monday in their next game.
Story by: Godfred Dampte-Larbie | universnewsroom.com