Rwanda Zero-1 Ghana: Wakaso fingers Ghana all three factors in Kigali

The Black Stars made it two wins out of two games in a highly-contested battle on a terrible pitch

(Purpose) — Mubarak Wakaso was the hero of the day as Ghana picked a slender 1-Zero victory over Rwanda within the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.

His 85th minute effort proved the distinction on the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali.

With the Amavubi seeing the again of the Black Stars of their final encounter in a 2004 Afcon qualifier courtesy of a solitary Jimmy Gatete strike, Ghana have been as a lot on a revenge mission.

Andre Ayew returned to the beginning XI for the primary time since March, as captain within the absence of injured Asamoah Gyan, whose place was taken up by Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, whereas Afriyie Acquah and Jordan Ayew each earned beginning spots regardless of latest controversies surrounding the duo and the Torino man’s spouse.

Rwanda coach Johnny McKinstry additionally stored religion within the likes of goalkeeper Olivier Kwizera, Quentin Rushenguziminega and Jean-Claude Iranzi after his aspect’s Three-1 win over Ethiopia in a warm-up fixture.

A pockmarked pitch turned the undoubted problem as either side struggled to manage the ball within the opening minutes.

In that, a innocent Daniel Amartey free header from a Wakaso nook kick after six minutes, and a coolly collected Christian Atsu effort from vary remained the one makes an attempt on objective within the first half hour as either side resorted to ballooning the ball up and out than to manage.

Wakaso drove in a protracted cross from a free-kick on 31 minutes however Andre Ayew, underneath strain from his marker, didn’t direct his header on objective.

Again from recess after a boring first half, Rwanda appeared to have upped the ante, with Rushenguziminega seeing a penalty name ignored on the 49th minute after a problem within the Ghana field.

Rwanda’s push seemingly challenged the Ghanaians to reply, as Avram Grant sought so as to add extra pace to his assault with the introduction of Solomom Asante for Boakye on 60 minutes.

It virtually paid off two minutes later as Atsu beat his marker earlier than firing a shot which Kwizera parried large, after which Jordan Ayew noticed a free-kick fly large astray on 70 minutes.

Asante then had a ravishing likelihood, maybe the perfect on the day, to place Ghana forward after he was neatly arrange by Jordan Ayew, however the substitute blasted his shot within the 18-yard field manner astray.

However then, the decider was to return shortly, as Mubarak Wakaso curled in a neat free kick past the attain of Kwizera to offer Ghana the lead on 85 minutes.

The Amavubi tried to launch a late problem within the closing levels, however weren’t in a position to make use of an extra four-minute harm time addition, as Grant led his males to a memorable revenge in Kigali.

Aline Niyonkuru

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