C.K Akonnor records his first win as Ghana beat Qatar 5-1


C. K Akonnor picked his first win as Black Stars coach on Monday afternoon when Ghana beat Qatar by five goals to one in Turkey at Titanic Sports Complex in a second international friendly after that defeat to Mali on Friday evening.

Goals from Tariq Fosu, Andre Ayew with a brace, Samuel Owusu scoring another, and substitute, Caleb Ekuban, scoring the fifth in the 87th minute.

Ali Almoez scored the consolation for Qatar in the 44th minute.

The Qatari side started the game on the front foot when they turned defense into attack with a swift counter attacking display through the right flank that saw Ali Almoez hit the post of Ghana in the third minute.

Andre Ayew came close in the 13th minute when he was set free on the right flank of Ghana’s attack by Thomas Partey and danced his way through the 18-yard box of Qatar but sent a tamed shot that the keeper didn’t have difficulty keeping it to safety.

Black Stars new boy, Tariq Fosu, scored the first goal of the game in the 22nd minute.

Partey won a tackle that strayed to Jordan Ayew, he picked the ball closer to the opposition box and worked it onto the byline before sending in a low cross from the right side of the box and the 24-year-old Brentford winger tapped it home from close range.

Qatar were afforded some loose passes in the later stages of the first half but they couldn’t capitalize with some poor displays.

Ali Almoez scored the equalizer for Qatar in the 44th minute. He picked a floated ball from his backline and beat both Joseph Aidoo and Razak Abalora, who mis-communicated and ran free off them and slotted it into an empty post.

The first half ended one-one, with the Black Stars slightly ahead in possession.

Thomas Partey spilled the hands of the Qatari goalkeeper with a close range shot in the 47th minute, with Andre Ayew hitting the woodwork with a thunderous strike inside the box.

Captain Andre smashed Ghana into the lead in 62nd minute when he picked a loose shot by Thomas Partey. The Qatari players were appealing for an offside, but he was on side.

Three minutes later, Samuel Owusu provided Ghana with a cushion when Partey released him from deep inside the midfield and he scored without faltering from Ghana’s right flank in the 65th minute.

Razak Abalora made a spectacular save with his leg when a free-kick was headed at goal in the 70th minute.

Azam defender Mohammed Yakubu came in for Joseph Aidoo in the 74th minute.

Jordan Ayew assisted Andre for his second in the 83rd minute to put Ghana in a comfortable 4-1 lead.

Caleb Ekuban added a quick one coming from the bench to make it 5-1 with an assist from Samuel Owusu. Ghana will hope the result replicates in the November AFCON double-header against Sudan.

Source: MyNewsGh.com/Sports/2020

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