Black Stars thump Mauritania 3-1

Author: Samuel Amoesi
Kwesi Appiah scored from the spot to open the floodgates for Ghana

Ghana’s Black Stars defeated their Mauritania counterparts by 3-1 in an international friendly at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday.

The match came off three days after Ghana defeated Kenya 1-0 in the final 2019 AFCON qualifier at the same venue.

Ghana put up an improved performance in the second half following an uninspiring first half which saw Coach Kwesi Appiah given opportunity to some of the fringe players.

The Black Stars goals came Kwesi Appiah, Caleb Ekuban and Thomas Partey.

Coach Kwasi Appiah made nine changes to the side that beat Kenya on Saturday, with Lumor Agbenyenu and Partey as the only players who started in both matches.

Ghana shot into an early lead after Appiah scored from a spot kick, sending Mauritania goalkeeper Namori Diaw to the wrong side in the third minute.

The visiting side were not overawed and later tool control of the midfield and putting pressure on the Stars whose centre-backs Nicholas Opoku and Joseph Aidoo were called to duty to deal with some sticky situations.

Just two minutes into the second half the visitors equalised from a well taken free kick which Ba Adama curled over the human wall past Ghana’s goalkeeper Lawrence Ati Zigi.

Coach Appiah made some changes in the game with Christian Atsu and Ekuban introduced for Ernest Asante and Appiah respectively and later introduced Mubarak Wakaso, Jordan Ayew and Kwame Bonsu.

Coach Appiah’s changes had a positive effect on the game as substitutes Ekuban and Partey scored in the 69th and 71st minute respectively to give the home side a resounding 3-1 lead.

Ekuban, who was playing only his second international cap, soared to nod home Agbenyenu’s cross.

Christian Atsu in action for Ghana

Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey had earlier missed three scoring chances but manage to score on the fourth attempt by firing a shot into the roof of the net.

 

Thomas Partey scored Ghana's third goal

Italy-based Alfred Duncan was in the starting lineup