Ghana home-based Black Stars

Ghana home-based Black Stars

Ghana?s home based Black Stars needed two goals from striker Joel Fameyah to record a 2-1 victory over a strong Ivory Coast side.

Head Coach Maxwell Konadu who rejoined the Stars on Friday after helping Ghana play out a 1-1 draw game against Canada in Washington kept faith with Richard Ofori, meaning experienced goalkeeper Fatau Dauda had to settle for a place on the bench.

Inform Godfred Saka, Patrick Asmah, Abeiku Ainooson and Lawrence Lartey made the stars defensive line up and looked jittery on set with their Ivorian opponents asking questions of their cohesion.

Goalkeeper Richard Ofori was called into action on several occasions before the 15th minute as the Ivorians poured forward in search of an away goal.

The midfield combination of Kennedy Ashia and Darkwa were all over the place with the Ivorians imposing themselves on the game with pace and power.

Their dominance in possession was rightfully rewarded when Sangare Ibrahim shot the visitors in front to silence the thousands at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

The goals seemed to have pricked the home side into action with Joel Fameyah who was leading the line for the Stars quickly pulling parity for Ghana.

So the game remained till the interval.

Both sides came into the second half in a tentative mood as neither wanted to lose this one.

Coach Maxwell Konadu wasted little time in making his first change, introducing New Edubiase?s Nuhu Fuseini for Inter Allies?s Sherif Deo Mohammed.

The change allowed the Black Stars to retain the possession more and dictated the tempo of the game.

With goals still not coming Liberty Professionals Kennedy Ashia made way for FA Cup hero Kwesi Donsu.

But It was Joel Fameyah who took matters into his hands and sealed a 2-1 victory for the  Stars with another good goal.

The victory means the Stars go into the second leg in 14 days time with an advantage but with still everything to play for.

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