Burkina Faso gave the Local Black Stars a shock today when they beat them 2-1 in Kumasi to qualify for the 2018 African Nations Championship to be staged in Kenya.
The results became 3-2 on aggregate for the Burkinabes who were in jubilant mode when the referee blew his whistle.
The Ghanaians were hopeful that after securing a 2-2 draw in Ouagadougou from the first leg, they would get the rightful result to qualify for the tournament.
All the two goals came in the first half as the Ghanaians had to fight from behind to redeem one in the second half as Joseph Addo in post did not have the confidence to instruct his defense when Burkina came attacking.
Despite playing away from home, Burkina Faso started like a house on fire and opened the scoring on Sunday in the eighth minute when Sylla Mohammed found the back of the net, 1-0.
The second goal came in the when the Black Stars ‘B’ were caught ball watching when Patrick Razak lost the ball to his marker.
The midfield of Ghana got lost in action as Burkina’s Kabore Youssouf took control of the midfield to dictate the game in his favour.
In the second half, Ghana started to push for a goal on the blast of whistle but were not finding spaces so had to resort to long balls which also failed because their Burkina counterparts had the height advantage.
The tactical changes after the break when Felix Addo came on to replace Richmond Lamptey did provide some hope as the substitute provided enough pressure to the Burkinabes defense which finally resulted in a goal by the same Felix Addo. He jumped above the tall defenders of Burkina to head home a cross from the right flank.
The local Stallions then tightened their defense after conceding a goal and also resorted to some delay tactics to frustrate the Ghanaians.
Ghana had some decent chances to get back into the game but they were all wasted by Patrick Razak and Thomas Abbey who came on to replace Kotoko’s Saddick Adams.
Isaac Twum had the brightest chance to put smiles on the faces of the Kumasi fans but placed the ball outside the goal post to the amazement of the fans who were already on their feet.
Ghana would have to take a chance on the WAFU tournament they will be hosting to try and put things together.