With about an hour to the commencement of the game, the Cape Coast Stadium was almost filled into capacity. The people of the Coastal City trooped to the stadium in numbers to rally behind the Black Stars as they took on the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in their AFCON 2021 qualifiers opener.
The motivation was very high, players were tactically disciplined while the massive attendance also served as an another factor for the Black Stars. Time for the players to exhibit what they have to the people of Cape Coast and Ghana as a whole.
Goals from Thomas Partey and youngster Kudus Mohammed ensured the Black Stars run out will all three points at the end and gradually catching back the love of Ghanaians
The game started on a high note with the Black Stars all over the pitch. Ghana really dominated the midfield and took the game to the South Africans until they got what they wanted. Thomas Partey controlled a Jordan Ayew pass from the left, his low drive took a deflection and went straight into the net to put Ghana in front, goalkeeper Ronwel Williams had no chance to deny that one from going in.
In the second half, it was still the Black Stars who were controlling the midfield and also creating most of the decent opportunities. South Africa at a point came stronger but their attacking instinct couldn’t worry the Ghanaian defence.
Kudus Mohammed came on for Alfred Duncan to complete everything for the Black Stars. The former Right to dream boy initiated an attack, he had options but went for goal himself after plotting into the top right corner to wrap things up. It finished 2-0 in favour of Ghana.
Debutants, Iddrisu Baba, Gideon Mensah and Kudus Mohammed were really a delight to watch whiles Thomas Partey proved why he’s currently one of the best midfielders on the continent.
The Black Stars now moved to second on the Group C log behind Sudan who won 4-0 over Sao Tome yesterday. Ghana will now take on Sao Tome and Principe in their second qualifying game on Monday, 18th November 2019.
By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim