The Black Meteors of Ghana took a giant step in qualifying for the Under-23 AFCON in Egypt as they defeated Gabon 4-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.
An Osman Bukari brace and a goal each from Spain-based Kwabena Owusu and Bernard Tekpetey gave the Black Meteors a resounding victory in the match which also served as Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifiers.
Ibrahim Tanko's charges must now earn a favourable result in the return match in Gabon on Tuesday to book a place in the final round, reports goal.com
It was all Ghana from the blast of the referee's whistle and it did not come as a surprise when the Black Meteors took the lead in the 14th minute when Owusu's curling shot from the box went into the net after a good work by Bukari.
Gabon then held their own until half-time but they would break again just after re-start.
Substitute Tekpetey, who replaced a dull Benjamin Tetteh during the interval, scored with just his first touch of the game with a low shot from outside the box.
Bukari then made it 3-0 in the 75th minute after beating his man to take control of a long searching ball.
In the 85th minute, the Slovakia-based attacker scored again to make it 4-0 and put the Black Meteors on the brink of playing in the third round of qualifying.
Coach Ibrahim Tanko's charges must now earn a favourable result in the return leg to be played in Gabon on Tuesday, March 26, to book a place in the final round.