By Kwabena ‘Onike’ Boateng
The Black Stars were 7-1 winners against Division one side Deportivo in a trial match on Friday evening ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier against Egypt. The low-keyed game was observed by an impressive crowd at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.
Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu opened the scoring by connecting a David Addy cross.
David Owusu Ansah equalized but Mubarak Wakaso restored Ghana’s lead five minutes later with a trademark finish. Mahatma Otoo staked a claim for a starting berth by adding his name to the scorer’s chart with a brace. His claim for a hat-trick was not to be however, as the fourth goal was deemed an own goal.The biggest highlight of the first half however was when Coach Appiah brought on the much maligned veteran keeper Richard Kingson in place of Adam kwarasey.
Coach Akwasi Appiah started the second half with an entirely different set with big guns Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan all coming on. Majeed Waris recorded his name on the scorsheet with a neat finish in the 65th minute to make it 5-1 before Fatau Dauda replaced Richard Kingson. He was not to be outdone by striking compatriot, Otoo on the day as he also grab a brace.
Midfielder Sulley Muntari then put the icing on the cake with Ghana’s 7th to cap an impressive performance and laid down a marker for expectations of a great game on Tuesday.
Excerpts from Soccernet.