By Edmund Bobie
Ghana’s home based Black Stars needed a late Kwabena Adusei penalty to progress into the quarter finals of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa.
In a game which saw the Walyas of Ethiopia dominate from start to finish, but were always poor in front of goal.
With Ghana missing the services of four regular starters, the team had more work to do:
Ethiopian striker Omod was a constant threat to the defence of Ghana, the striker came close to opening the score in the 36th minute but his header went wide Stephen Adams goal.
Ethiopia continued their dominance with their sweet passing and kept the Ghanaian team on the back foot.
Latiff Mohammed perhaps should have done better in the first half after he intercepted a defensive pass from the Ethiopians but the pacy player dragged his shot wide.
There was respite for Maxwell Konadu and his charges as the game ended scoreless at the interval.
After recess, Coach Maxwell Konadu sought for reinforcement as he introduced Asiedu Attobrah, Sammuel Afful and Theophilus Annorbah. The Stars started brighter and could have been rewarded with an own goal by the Ethiopians in the 50th minute.
The tight game got its only goal in the 75th minute after striker Seydou Bancey was impeded by defender Salahadin Hussein in the penalty box. Defender Kwabena Adusei stepped up and calmly slotted the ball into the net.
The Stars kept their composure till the referee blew his whistle for the end of proceedings.
The win ensured Ghana qualified for the last eight, finishing top of Group C.
In truth, it was a match the Ethiopians should have won as they really were the better side throughout but they paid a dear price for not finishing their chances.
LINE UP: Stephen Adams, Joshua Tijani, Francis Morton, Nuru Sulley, Kwabena Adusei, Micheal Akuffu, Jordan Opoku, Richard Mpong/Theophilous Annobah, Latif Mohammed/Aseidu Attobrah, Paul De-Vries Asare/Samuel Afful, Saidu Bancey