The Black stars of Ghana assumed temporary top position in group G of the FIFA World cup qualifying second round after a hard fought victory over their Zimbabwean counterparts in Harare
The black Stars, needing the 3 points at all cost to stay in the competition and a possible qualification to the last round of the World cup qualifiers opened the game with a more purposeful view as Milovan Rajevac’s men attacked the home side from all angles of the National stadium.
It was a Kamaldeen Sulemana and Kudus Mohammed show in the first 15 minutes as they tormented their hosts with skills and speed.
But Karma Billiat on the opposing side also looked dangerous for the Ghanaians.
Even before Ghana could make the best move of the day, a Baba Rahman poor back pass to Goalkeeper Jojo Wallocott nearly cost the Stars, as the Goalkeeper’s poor kick nearly got the home side their first of the day with 24 minutes played
The Black Stars quickly regrouped from there, with Kudus Mohammed making several goal scoring moves, but got denied by the warriors.
With 15 minutes left to end the first half, left back Baba Rahman made a swift move to the Warriors goal area, but was brought down for a free kick.
Captain of the day, Thomas Partey stepped up to take the kick, which ended straight at the back of the net for the opener.
The Black Stars did not leave it there as they pushed for to get the second goal, but a goal mouth scramble got Daniel Amartey’s goal bound shot block at the goal line to prevent Ghana from celebrating another goal in the 40th minute.
The Second half began with both sides opening up play as if nothing happened as both sides opened up play in an attempt to break the opponents back.
It was the Black Stars who made the best move however, but Kudus Mohammed’s shot hot the cross bar with only 52 minutes played, the Warriors returned fire on the Ghanaians, but Alexander Djiku was right in hand to break their attack, his tackle reuslted in a yellow card.
Coach Milovan Rajevac made his first substitution with St Pauli Aattacker Daniel Kofi Kyere relieving Kamaldeen Sulemana off duties with 30 minutes left to play.
Meanwhile, Karma Billiat was doing his best on the other side, forming the Black Stars to commit themselves, leading to several corner kicks.
With 20 minutes left to play, the Warriors lifted their play, forcing Ghana to pull back, and rely on counter attacking play, but the Warriors could not make any meaningful impact with the opportunities that came their way.
Milovan Rajevac was forced to make a substitution in the 74th minute with Joseph Aidoo coming on for the injured Alexander Djiku.
Eith 4 minutes left to play, Coach Rajevac threw in Andre Ayew and Caleb Ekuban into the game to protect the one goal lead, Kudus Mohammed and Benjamin Tetteh made way for the duo.
The Warriors frustrated by the Black Stars substituted Karma Billiat for Kudakwashie Mahachi with only a minute left to play as way of providing more power in attack.
But it all was too late too little for the Zimbabweans as Ghana walked away with victory