Head coach of the Black Stars, Milovan Rajevac has hailed the qualities and work rate of Swindon Town goalkeeper, Jojo Wollacot. The 25-year-old goalkeeper was chosen ahead of FC St. Gallen’s Lawrence Ati-Zigi and Hearts of Oak’s Richard Attah for his Black Stars debut against Zimbabwe. Wollacot concede just a goal in Ghana’s 3-1 victory against the Warriors in the third game of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Cape Coast Stadium on Saturday. The 1.9 meter tall goalkeeper has received rave reviews from Ghanaian football fans and the media for his technical qualities and calm nature while manning the post for the first time and Black Stars head coach, Milovan Rajevac has also joined the praise train in touting Wollacot’s output.
“First of all it was good scouting and when he arrived he proved himself at the training sessions, he really did a great job, he deserves his chance. “Today he was at the top of his game and I’m satisfied with his performances and I don’t want to praise goalkeepers too much but he really did a good job today.” Milovan Rajevac said through his interpreter. The Black Stars of Ghana increased their chances of booking a slot at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup with a 3-1 victory over Zimbabwe last Saturday.
A revived Black Stars displayed quality in the middle with Mohammed Kudus, Thomas Partey displaying quality at the Cape Coast Stadium in front of the teeming Ghanaian fans. Ghana wasted no time in scoring their first goal when left-back, Baba Rahman put a pass to Mohammed Kudus who had a a very fast exchange with striker, Jordan Ayew before hitting a return pass with his weaker right foot for Ghana’s first goal in the 5th minute.
Back for the second half of the game, the Warriors of Zimbabwe took the game to Ghana and in the 47th minute, France based central defender, Alexander Djiku conceded a penalty to the visitors. The captain of the side, Knowledge Musona put the ball at the top right hand corner of goalkeeper Jojo Wollacot in post for Ghana in the 49th minute. The Black Stars however returned a changed side and increased their goal tally to 2-1 when Arsenal midfielder, Thomas Partey beat off his marker before planting the ball behind the Zimbabwe goalkeeper, Washington Arubi on the 66th minutes.
Captain Andre Ayew, who had been missing from the start of the game silenced the visitors with third goal. Dede Ayew made the score line 3-1 on the 86th minute when he headed home Baba Rahman’s beautiful cross from the left hand side of the field. The Black Stars of Ghana have six points from three games, behind Group G leaders, South Africa by just a point. Ethiopia who were beaten at home by South Africa, have three points in third with Zimbabwe on no points at the bottom of the group. Ghana will play the second game of the double header in Harare against the Warriors on Tuesday, October 12.
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