The Magnificent 7!
Adiyiah shines as Ghana thrash Lesotho in opening world cup qualifier
Kwesi Appiah’s reign as Ghana Manager got off to a great start as the Black Stars put seven goals past Lesotho in Kumasi. In a rare start Dominic Adiayiah shone as he scored two goals in the rout. Not even a power outage after 54 minutes could stop the onslaught as Ghana who had been 4-0 up by that stage added three more goals to their tally.
Enjoying dominant possession, Ghana created a number of chances but it was not until the 16th minute that they breached the opponents’ defence when skipper for the night Sulley Muntari scored a spectacular goal. The AC Milan midfielder played a one-two with Emmanuel Agyemang Badu before unleashing a cracker beyond keeper Kholuoe Phasumane.
Down, but the visitors refused to give in and attempted to force their way into attack only to meet a rocky Ghanaian defence. Dominic Adiyiah atoned for earlier misses when he turned Mokhehle Thapelo inside just outside the area before unleashing a pile driver for the second goal after 24 minutes.
Nerves took a better part of Lesotho and as they wobbled the Ghanaians took advantage to fetch the third goal through Jordan Ayew with a minute left on the clock for the first half. Not content with the score line, Ghana went on the offence from recess and with the Lesotho defence back-pedalling, Adiyiah fetched his second on the 50th minute.
Four minutes later the floodlights went off and when power was restored, the electrifying pace with which the Ghanaian played never diminished. With a midfield well oiled by the presence of Derick Boateng and Kwadwo Asamoah, Ghana stepped up the pace completely taking charge on the wings where most of the moves were initiated with Harrison Afful on left side of defence and Inkoom on the right back playing key roles.
The Black stars were getting more men behind the ball and it came as no surprise when Christian Atsu scored a spectacular debut goal on the 86th minute. As the Lesotho kept themselves on the back foot Ghana went for the kill again with Jordan Ayew scoring on the 90th minute while Akaminko completed the rout two minutes into added time.
So a great start for Appiah and his team.
Ben JK Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)