England-based Ghana international Jordan Ayew marked his return to the Black Stars with a powerful brace in a 2-0 win over Ethiopia in Addis Ababa in the 2019 AFCON qualifier.
The Crystal Palace attacker opened the scoring for Kwesi Appiah’s men with a compose strike just 3 minutes into the game before keeping his nerves to slot home from the spot kick after Emmanuel Boateng was fouled inside the box.
The 25 year old feasted on the starting berth handed him by Kwesi Appiah with a Man of The Match performances to revive the then ailing fortunes of Ghana in the continental qualifiers.
Ghana slammed to a painful 1-0 defeat in their last outing away to Kenya and needed a win to keep their qualification dreams alive heading into the trip to East Africa.
Jordan Ayew, who was handed a return into the team alongside his brother Andre Ayew, wasted no time in scoring his 13th goal for the Black Stars 3 minutes into the game and soon doubled his tally before the half way mark of the opening 45 minutes.
A clumsy challenge on Emmanuel Boateng handed Ghana a well deserved spot kick and Jordan Ayew kept his composure to give the West African side a 2-0 lead far away in Addis Ababa.
The host rallied back and fought gallantly but a combination on resolute defending from the Black Stars and profligate shooting from the Walyas saw the game ending 2-0 for the Ghanaians.
The victory ensured Ghana have their destiny in their own hands with 6 points and 1 behind Kenya ahead of the double header later in the qualifiers.