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Match Report: Black Meteors put four goals pass a harmless Gabonese side

Ghana’s quest to break the 16 year absence from the Olympics Football competition continued with a dazzling performance that saw the Black Meteors hitting four pass a harmless Gabonese side, who only came to entertain

The Gabonese got off to a good start when a defensive error from Musah Nuhu gifted Ovono Essogo with only Goalkeeper Kwame Baah to beat, but the indecisive Essogo shot straight into the waiting legs of the the goalkeeper in the 4th minute of the game.

The black meteors took the challenge, and in the process created three goal scoring opportunities which were all twarted by the defence of the Gabonese.

Kwabena Owusu, who scored a hat trick in his national team debut against  Togo in the first qualifying round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics  got the opener of the day in the 14th minute, when he playd a one -two pass with Osman Bukari, before shooting into the right roof of the net, to register the first goal of the game.

After the goal, the game became slow and tactical as the Gabonese deployed a more defensive approach to the game, preventing the Black Meteors attack of Kwabena Owusu, Benjamin tetteh, and Osman Bukari from entering their goal scoring area.

The Black Meteors however resorted to keeping the ball to themselves, in anticipation of a break off, but could not find any opening bringing the first half to an end.

Coach Ibrahim Tanko got off the second half with his first substitution of the game, when he brough on Bernard Tekpetey for Benjamin Tetteh, who had a bad first half, that change proved vital for the coach, as Tekpetey made instant impact to the game, his first touch from a through pass ended at the back of the net, his grounder shot beat goalkeeper Apaya in post for Gabon in the 47th minute.

The Gabonese regrouped after the second goal by keeping more men in their half tomorevent the Ghanaians from scoringmore goals, while the Ghanaians preesed on for more goals.

Jospeh Paintsil, Osman Bukari, and Kwabena Owusu wee the toast of fans with their dazzling skills.

A well composed, and focused Ghana side piled more pressure on their opponent, and in the 75th minute, Osman Bukari beat the defence when he picked a lose ball at the 18 yard, whiles the defenders looked on with only the goalkeeper to beat, his lobby however beat the goalkeeper to increase the tally to three.

Coach Ibrahim Tanko who looked unsatisfied with the three goals brought on Isaac Twum, and pushed his captain  Yaw Yeboah upfront,  as his side continued to put pressure on their opponent.

Osman Bukari increased  got his second goal of the game when picked a pass right in from of the 18 yard, and shot straight into the roof of the net, for Ghana’s 4th goal. Osman Bukari’s goal celebration was shot lived when he was stretched off the pitch after picking a knot, Richard Danso replaced him.

The Black Meteors continued to entertain the fans, with some exciting display of soccer, bringing the game to an end.

Ghana will travel to Gabon for the return leg on Tuesday March 26.

Ghana Starting Line up
16 Kwame Baah

10 Yaw Yeboah

2. Kingsley Fobi

3. Gideon Mensah

4. Musah Nuhu

5. Fuseini Zakaria

6. Simon Zibo

7. Kwabena Owusu

8. Joseph Paintsil

9. Osman Bukari

11. Benjamin Tetteh

Gabon Starting Line up
1. Apaya Ngovegne

4. Bilong Houdouna

12. houcketou Houssounda

6. Loundou Ngoye

21. Madouma Madouma

17. Youmou Ngadi Obiang

20. Mboundou Mboudou

3. Oyoubi Oty Grege

10. Babicka Shavy

7. Mboulou Nzigou

9. Ovono Essogo

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