Black stars 2013
Accra, June 14, GNA – Ghana’s Black Stars overwhelmed Mauritius 7-1 in the opening day of the Gabon 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers as both clashed at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Christian Atsu sent Ghana ahead in 10 minutes after positioning well to tower over his markers and head in from a close range.
Ghana took complete control of the match afterwards following earlier threats by the visitors with Asamoah Gyan almost doubling the advantage four minutes later.
Gyan run deep into the losers’s area but with only goalkeeper Kevin Jean- Louis to beat sent one straight with the far post all alone.
This compelled Mauritius to gather but before they could see the effect of their meeting, Jordan Ayew got to the end of a fine move initiated by Baba Rahman to up Ghana’s lead in the 20th minutes.
The goal unsettled The Club M, forcing them to send numbers back in a bid to contain the growing Black Stars’ threat.
But Ayew got to the end of a pass to set up unmarked Gyan to register his name on the scoresheet.
Gyan doubled his tally in 29th minutes from another Ghana invasion that left the Mauritius defence in bits.
The losers then began an adventure which got rewarded with a goal in the 31st minute through Sophie Jean Pierre who gifted from a slip by goalkeeper Razak Briamah for a consolation.
Ghana responded well with Ayew breaking from the flanks to get to the right place at the right time to record his brace seven minutes on.
From recess, the match turned slow with Mauritius parading their growing confidence with some decent passes while depending on the offside traps to stops Ghana’s breaks.
However, it was Jeffery Schlupp who scored his first international goal in the 69th minutes, before David Accam completed the exercise with his first ever for the Black Stars as well.
Ghana leads Group H with three points and on superior goals after Rwanda beat Mozambique 1-0 to go second.
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