Ghana’s Black Stars thrashed local side Kumasi Asante Kotoko 3-0 in a friendly match played at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Kumasi, on Friday evening.
Goals from Majeed Waris, Emmanuel Boateng and Christian Atsu were enough to separate the two sides though Kotoko showed some resilience in the second half. The Black Stars had to engage the Porcupine Warriors as a result of cancellation of their 2019 African Cup Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone, because of FIFA’s suspension of the Sierra Leone Football Association.
The Black Stars applied some experience to break down the resilient Kotoko side as goal keeper Danladi Ibrahim gave a wrong pass which saw Majeed Waris opening the scoring with a calm finish in the penalty box after a delightful pass from Turkish based midfielder Isaac Sackey who intercepted the pass from Danladi.
The game became very cagey afterwards with Kotoko bouncing back into the game with numerous chances but were unable to capitalize on them as the first half ended with Black Stars taking a slim lead.
Emmanuel Boateng after recess scored the second goal for the Black Stars on the 47th-minute mark after a dazzling play by Newcastle United Christian Atsu who set up the Levante Striker, who coolly slotted beyond Ibrahim Danladi.
Atsu made it three for the Black Stars on the 55th minute as he dribbled past Kotoko defender Wahab Adams and struck the ball past Kotoko goalkeeper Danlandi.
Fans at the stadium were treated with a very good football from both sides when Kotoko started piling some pressure on the Stars for the equalizer. But their flat attack did not help them to finish off the opportunities created.
The inclusion of captain Asamoah Gyan started altering the game in favour of the Stars but they could also not convert their chances to increase their tally of goals.