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2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Ghana narrowly edge out Ethiopia in Cape Coast Featured

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Mubarak Wakaso's first half goal propelled Black Stars to a great start to the 2022 World Cup qualifiers after narrowly humbling the Walia Ibexes of Ethiopia by 1-0 at the Cape Coast Stadium.
 

Coach CK Akonnor replace his injured first team guys with Kamaldeen Sulemana and Jeffrey Schlupp but had most of his key players in the starting XI.

 

Ghana started the game on a good note controlling possession but the Ethiopians have been very resolute at the back as the approach is not to concede an early goal.

 

The Black Stars awarded a free kick just behind the edge of the box after Jordan Ayew was brought down on the 6th minute. Mubarak Wakaso stepped up and fired wide for a goalkick.

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The Ethiopians also broke on a counter making their first incursion of the game but Shemeles Bekele's pass was stopped timely by Baba Rahman on the left.

 

The Walia Ibexes after 15 minutes took charge of the game doing all the possession in midfield and at a point dictated the pace and pattern of the game.

 

Ghana drove forward again on the 25th minute after Baba Rahman made a decent run on the left to send in a cross to pick up Jordan Ayew but was cut out by the Ethiopian backline.

 

On the 27th minute, coach CK Akonnor made an early substitution bringing on newboy Daniel Kofi Kyereh for Jeffrey Schlupp who is reported to have sustained an injury.

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Finally, Ghana takes the lead on the 35th minute. Mubarak Wakaso picked up a pass on the right, cuts in sumptuously and sent in a feeble effort of which goalkeeper Teklemariam Shanko failed to collect.

 

Ethiopia awarded a free kick very close to the penalty arc but skipper Gaeteneh Kedebe shot straight at goalkeeper Richard Ofori. It finished 1-0 for Ghana at half time.

 

Back from recess, coach Wubetu Abate made a quick substitution taking off his goalkeeper who committed a blunder in the first half to introduce Fasil Gebremichael.

 

Ghana yet with another explosive start in the second half after Jordan Ayew was fouled at a very advantageous position but his free kick was piled out by goalkeeper Gebremichael.

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Another yellow card to Ethiopia after Yehun Endeshaw harshly went into Daniel Kofi Kyereh, an offence the Ghanaian players were calling for red card.

 

Ethiopia with their first break in the second half after Shemeles Bekele made a good run towards the opposition goal but skies wide with his strike.

 

Kamaldeen Sulemana made a good run from the right, picked up Daniel Kofi Kyereh who sent in a ground cross to locate Andre Ayew at far post but was too long.

 

Ethiopia's goalie Fasil Gebremichael made a double crucial save to deny Ghana their second of the night after piling out Yaw Yeboah's powerful hit and also denied Andre Ayew with his leg on the second attempt.

 

The Walia Ibexes nearly equalised on the 83rd minute after substitute Shimeket Gugesa sent in a strong ground hit which was stopped by Richard Ofori and Daniel Amartey followed up with a clearance to wasted corner kick.

 

It finished 1-0 in favour of the Black Stars after full time. They travel to South Africa for their next game whiles Ethiopia host the Zimbabwean Warriors in Addis Ababa. 

 

By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim

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