By Edmund Bobie
Striker Yahaya Mohammed’s 54th minute header earned the Black Stars a place in the final of the GoTV WAFU Cup.
Coach Maxwell Konadu made five changes to his team that lost to Benin on Saturday, goalkeeper Stephen Adams came in for Foli Adade, Tijani Joushua Edmund Owusu Ansah and defender Nuru Sulley were handed their first start in the competition and striker Sulley Mohammed also partnered Yahaya Mohammed up front.
Godfred Saka put up some impressive displays on the night; he scored Ghana’s first and set up the second. In the 18th minute his well taken free kick beat Burkina keeper Kabore Mohammed at his near post, his cross found Yahaya Mohammed for Ghana second in the 54th minute.
Burkina Faso came close to leveling in the 40th minute but Sidiki Traore dragged his effort wide Stephen Adams goal. Minutes later a penalty kick was awarded Sidiki Traore after he was tripped by Godfred Saka in the 18 yard box, captain Kabore Mohammed stepped up and expertly converted to make to 1 – 1 in the 42nd minute.
Ghana commenced the second half brighter and took a foothold of the game. Their pressure paid off in the 54th minute when captain Yahaya Mohammed headed in a Godfred Saka’s cross.
Burkina Faso responded quickly but Stephen Adams stood firmly in their way with some impressive stops. Having survived those scares, Ghana kept their composure till the end of proceedings.
Ghana will know their opponents in Thursday final tomorrow.
Benin failed to beat Sierra Leone in the other fixture played the Len Clay Stadium. The game ended 2 – 2, the result means Benin placed second and will battle for 3rd place on Thursday.