Ghana Beat Mauritius 7 – 1

Ghana’s Black Stars yesterday began their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign on a bright note, hammering Mauritius 7-1 at the Accra Stadium.

The Avram Grant men were in charge of the game right from the get-go, resulting in an emphatic 5-1 lead in the first 45 minutes.

Winger Christian Atsu began the massacre when he headed home an Asamoah Gyan-Jordan Ayew telepathic move nine minutes into the game.

Lorient forward Ayew doubled the lead effortlessly with a tap after connecting a Baba Rahman cross four minutes later. Skipper Gyan recorded a brace before the break.

The less-fancied visitors pulled one back through unmarked Jean Pierre from a free kick with goalkeeper Razak Braimah caught ball watching, a few minutes before recess.

Jordan Ayew scored his personal second from a close range after tapping home an Agyeman Badu pass.

Ghana hit the back of the net twice after the break with Jeffery Schlupp recording his first ever international goal after a solo effort in the 68th minute.

The substitution of Schlupp with David Acam paid off when the latter capitalized on a Gyan slip in the ’18’ to increase the tally to seven.

Clear goal scoring opportunities came the way of Atsu and Gyan earlier, but they missed their respective targets narrowly.

Ghana next meets Rwanda in Kigali in an away fixture in September.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum

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