Ghana Black Stars got their first win in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers when the walloped the Red Devila of Congo 5-1 in Brazzaville.
The Stars, playing with out some key players were able to sustain the constant pressure from the home side to win massively.
Captain Asamoah Gyan and deputy Andre Dede Ayew as well as his brother Jordan Ayew all missed out due to injury but this rather motivated the other players led by USA based Harrison Afful to win by five goals to one.
With about five changes to the starting line up in the game, Coach Kwasi Appiah ensured his lads were battle ready this time and proved they are not giving up on the World Cup qualification.
Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Teye Partey got his maiden hat-trick for the Stars with Richmond Boakye Yiadom scoring a brace.
Red Star Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye Yiadom gave the Black Stars the lead after he tapped the ball into the net from a Thomas Agyepong’s pass. Three minutes after the man of the moment Thomas Partey doubled Ghana’s lead with a close range effort.
This was a big foundation for the Black Stars as the built in confidence and started possessing the ball to ensure they pile more pressure on the Congolese defense. The Ghanaians then lost control of the game and in the turn around, the Congolese equalized from a corner kick through Lloyd Ayet in the 44th minute.
The second half resumed with the Black Stars dominating play and dictating the pace of the game with Afriyie Acquah taking total control of the midfield with usual assistance from Thomas Partey and Ebenezer Ofori.
With Ghana under consistent pressure from the Congolese, Thomas Partey added his second of the day right before the second half to end the first half proceedings at 3 – 1 in favour of Ghana.
The versatile player then sealed his day with a great history by netting his third goal against the run of play in the 69th minute. This is Partey’s first career hat-trick.
Ghana then made some changes as the inclusion of Alfred Duncan gave the Stars the opportunity to regain control of the midfield.
Red Star Belgrade striker, Richmond Boakye Yiadom nailed the Congolese when he finished with a coolly collected ball from Harrison Afful who took on his marker to lay the ball into the path of incoming Richard to make it five.
The initially jubilant Congolese started leaving the Stadium before the referee blew his whistle for the end of the game.
Ghana are still third with 5 points and have increased their goal tally to six with two more games to play against Uganda in October and Egypt in November.