Playing your first international game for a country known for football is certainly something one needs to celebrate greatly. It is never easy to be selected for a game for the first time especially when it is for a serious international assignment. We are talking about the story of Swindon Town goalkeeper, Joseph Wollacott commonly known as Jojo Wollacott.
The 25-year-old shot stopper was selected for first international assignment in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. There were four goalkeepers including Wollacott but the England born tall goalkeeper was selected ahead of them all. The goalkeepers included St. Gallen goalkeeper, Lawrence Ati-Zigi, Hearts of Oak gloves man, Richard Attah and Asante Kotoko youngster, Danlad Ibrahim. Joseph Wollacott’s presence will bring massive competition into the team as first choice goalkeeper, Richard Ofori’s position now looks threatened.
The 1.90 meters tall conceded just one goal in the Black Stars 3-1 victory in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Cape Coast Stadium Stadium last Saturday. Ghana made light work of the Warriors of Zimbabwe to keep the World Cup qualification hopes very much alive. Ajax Amsterdam midfielder, Mohammed Kudus has a beautiful exchange with left Baba Rahman before laying a pass to Crystal Palace striker, Jordan Ayew who quickly set Kudus up for a beautiful strike at goal. Kudus hit with his weaker right foot for Black Stars first goal on the 5th minute. The Black Stars managed to hold on to the slim one goal lead moving into the half time.
Back from the first half, the Warriors of Zimbabwe were quick to reply with just two minutes played in the second half. Black Stars defender, Alexander Djiku conceded a penalty on the 47th minute mark. Zimbabwe captain, Knowledge Musona made no mistake by scoring from the penalty spot on the 49th minute to make it 1-1 at the Cape Coast Stadium Stadium.
The Black Stars however came back stronger with Arsenal midfielder, Thomas Partey netting the Black Stars’ second goal of the game. Partey beat his marker and put the ball behind the the net for Ghana on the 66th minutes mark. The Black Stars left no stone unturned with captain, Andre Ayew scoring his first goal of the game. Andre Ayew who was mostly missing in the game headed home from Baba Rahman’s cross on the 86th minutes you make the score line 3-1. The Black Stars of Ghana new boy, Jojo Wollacott could not hide his joy at making his international debut and was much grateful to Ghanaians. He took to Twitter to express his thanks.
The Black Stars per the victory have six points, one behind behind leaders, South Africa who nailed Ethiopia 3-1 away on game day three. Ghana are guest to the Warriors in the return fixture of the double header in Harare in Tuesday and it should be a must win for the four time African champions.
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