A Thomas Partey thunderous strike has propelled Black Stars of Ghana to the Summit of Group G with 9 points. The 2022 World Cup qualifier Match Day 4 fixture between the Warriors of Zimbabwe and Black Stars of Ghana ended in a victory for coach Milovan Rajevac and his lads. Bafana Bafana of South Africa take on the Walias of Ethiopia later in the day.
Coach Milovan Rajevac dropped captain Dede Ayew and Issahaku from his starting eleven in Zimbabwe, while coach Norman Mapeza made raft of changes in his side by starting Khama Billiat.
The early minutes of the game was bereft of clear cut chances from both sides. Captain Thomas Partey managed to send an incisive pass but Jordan Ayew was late for a connection.
In the 8th minutes, Khama Billiat latched on to a ball and released it to Jordan Zemura but he was beaten to it.
Black Stars responded with quick passes which had Kamaldeen Sulemana making an effort in Zimbabwe’s box but missed the net.
Kamaldeen kept making runs on the wings but Kelvin Madzongwe will give him no space to surge.
Knowledge Masuno came close to glory in the 19th minutes through a free kick, which saw goalkeeper Joseph Wallocot spilled the ball out only to be saved by an offside decision.
Midway through the first half, Black Stars came under immense pressure but Warriors had their goal bound shots threading across the face of goal post.
Mohammed Kudus announced his presence with a terrific long range shot in 28th minutes but it soared slightly over the bar.
Arsenal star and captain of the day Thomas Partey shot Ghana into the lead through a thunderous free kick at the half hour mark.
Four minutes later, captain Knowledge Musona had a glorious moment to equalize after avoiding the offside track but fired wide off.
Jordan Ayew attempted to add the second in 39th minutes after latching on to a corner, only for his volley to deflect.
Ghana was on the verge of doubling the lead following Daniel Amartey’s goal bound shot but was hugely halted on the goal line.
Black Stars held on their priceless lead to end the first 45 minutes.
From recess it was Black Stars that made advances towards goal as Mohammed Kudus rattled the cross bar in 50th minutes.
The Warriors responded by way of attack but lack of incisiveness in the final third continued to be their bane.
Kamaldeen Sulemana, Alexander Djiku were subbed for Daniel Kofi Kyereh and Joseph Aidoo respectively. Dede Ayew joined the fray as Khama Billiat was substituted.
Ghana remained tenacious to end the game 1 - 0.
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