Kudus Mohammed put Ghana ahead early into the game but Knowledge Musona’s high level of knowledge resulted in null and void after Partey and Ayew’s second half strikes sink Zimbabwe in Cape as Ghana run away with 3-1 victory to bounce back to winning ways.
Milovan Rajevac picks his first win since taking the Black Stars managerial position from Charles Kwablan Akonnor in September. Having made Eight changes to the side that lost to South Africa last month, Ghana were expected to dominated their opponents at the Cape Coast Stadium.
They did that only in the first half after Kudus Mohamed put Ghana ahead just five minutes into the game. The Ajax midfielder exchanged one-two with Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew before Kudus fired it to the bottom corner.
That goal was a starter as Ghana controlled the game their way. However, they rarely threatened Zimbabwe goal area.
Some Stars were learning on their positions with 17-year old Fatawu Issahuku struggling to beat his marker most of the times. Jordan Ayew was though difficult to handle in 50-50 situation he failed to provide his teammates with that incisive runs.
That kept the Zimbabwean defense into relaxe as the minutes run out. It was no wonder Milo substituted the duo in the second half.
At within and after Kudus’ opener, the best player between the two sides was the scorer who was so difficult to handle. He skipped past his markers easily in all situations and also drew back to facilitate Black Stars’ buildups.
However, Andre Ayew, Daniel Amartey, Alexander Djiku and Kamaldeen Suleymana weren’t bad on occasions. Wollacot Joseph who makes his Black Stars debut was good in his own made after pulling impressive saves to keep Ghana in the lead in the first half.
Thomas Partey rarely showed a direction whether he was bad or on top of his game after remaining quite until he scored in the second half. After his goal, he was known for his Partey at Atletico Madrid and recently at Arsenal.
In fact, at the end of the first half, the stadium couldn’t desist from excitements with supporters, pundits and former players expressing their emotions and views on various media platforms. But the one man who was so happy was Milo who has stated his ambitions to get Ghana’s World Cup chances on track after defeat to South African drifted all hopes.
The first half display and results was an evidence of his good work since taking over from CK Akonnor. However, Zimbabwe caused early second half fears that seem to collapse Milo’s mission after the away side drew level from penalty only four minutes after restart.
Knowledge Musona showed moment and level of football knowledge after teasing determined Wollacot in the run of kick before sending the Ghana shot-stopper the wrong way. Musona opted for the right roof while Wollacot went the left floor, What a demonstration of scene from the Zimbabwean captain.
Zimbabwe’s equalizer changed the game a bit with Norman Mapeza’s men growing confidence into the game and nearly took the lead after one of their attacks hit the woodwork right away. Ghana was stuck in possession and rarely penetrated to Zimbabwe’s final third.
Milo substituted Jordan Ayew and Fatawu Issahaku in duo changes for Benjamin Tetteh and Iddrisu Baba respectively on the 60’ minute mark. The changes started yielding good results as Ghana began to enter into the box. Six minutes later Black Starts restored their lead following Thomas Partey’s brilliance.
The Arsenal midfielder picked a ball from the left flank danced his way into Zimbabwe box before firing into the first post. Three minutes to full time, Andre Ayew who played two positions in central midfield and right wing put the game beyond Zimbabwe raising above his markers in the box to head home as Ghana lead 3-1 at the Cape Coast Stadium.