Qatar 2022: ‘Sluggish’ Black Stars start World Cup qualifiers with narrow win over Ethiopia


Black Stars begun their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with a slim victory over the Ethiopia on Friday evening at the Cape Coast stadium.

The Ghanaians did not start the game well in the first half but ended the first half with a 1-0 lead at the break.

Ethiopia played some good football with great interchange of play and were the better side in the opening exchanges of the match and had the greater share of possession in the early minutes of the match.

Despite dominating the play, the visitors failed to force a save from the Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori who plays his club football in South Africa with Orlando Pirates FC.

Ghana came into the game and started creating some few chances but could not create enough clear goal scoring opportunities.

Crystal Palace player Jeffrey Schlupp was subs and replaced by FC St Pauli’s forward, Daniel Kofi Kyereh after 27 minutes due to a hamstring injury.

On the 35th minute mark of the match, China-based midfielder, Mubarak Wakaso broke the deadlock of the match with a tame long range strike to give the Black Stars the lead after a goalkeeping error.

The first half ended 1-0 to Ghana.

The second half was more of the same as the first half as both teams failed to create good goal scoring chances in the first 25 minutes of the second period.

Substitute Yaw Yeboah’s 70th minute strike was repelled by the substitute goalkeeper who saved Andre Ayew’s rebound to keep the score at 1-0.

The match finished 1-0 to the Stars who go top of the table with three points after South Africa picked up a point against Zimbabwe on the road.

By: D. N. A. MENSAH, Daily Mail GH

Email Daily Mail GH: or
Whatsapp: +233(0)509928122


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here