Ghana managed to make it into the Group Stages of the World Cup Qualifiers after navigating a tricky encounter against lowly Comoros. A 2-0 result over two legs was enough to secure a spot among the rest of Africa’s top nations hoping to make it to Russia 2018. Here is how each of Ghana’s players fared.
Razak Braimah – 6
Was tested from distance in the early minutes and he responded well.Despite seeing very little of the action his body language did not inspire confidence leaving room for doubt on how he might fare against better quality opposition.Quality competition on the bench means he has to assert himself or risk giving up his place when the group stage of the qualifiers begin.
Harrison Afful – 6
A low key game by his own lofty standards as he saw plenty of the ball in the first half but failed to influence play with it.Looked reluctant to run at the defense of Comoros and when he decided to cross the ball his deliveries were predictable and poor.The brief spells of attacking joy Comoros enjoyed in the game came down his end as he was often caught out of position.
Jonathan Mensah – N/A
The Evian defender did not stay on the pitch long enough to influence the outcome of the game due to an injury suffered in the 21st minute of the game.Was replaced by Daniel Amartey.
John Boye – 6
Did the simple things well and even found time to join the attack on a number of occasions during spells when the Black Stars dominated possession.An assured performance by the Sivasspor man.
Baba Rahman – 5
He looked nothing like the energetic full back whose overlapping runs and crosses pundits and scouts gloated over through out last season.Seemed out of sync with the rest of his team mates and did not look convincing the few times the ball went down his flank.
Mubarak Wakaso – 7
Gradually becoming Ghana’s most influential player and once again he displayed his superior technique by tucking away a beauty of a free kick to set the tone for the game in the early minutes.His energy in the middle of the park kept Comoros in check as he was available to pick up most loose balls and effectively break up play.His decision making when the momentum of the game is high could improve.
Agyemang Badu – 5
Brought in by Avram Grant to replace Acquah as the gaffer sought to exploit the home advantage by playing direct attacking football.Indecision and poor technique combined to see him waste a golden opportunity in the 2″ minute after Asamoah Gyan had put him through.Put his midfield partner under a lot of pressure with his suspect positioning.
Jordan Ayew – 8
Somebody must have lit a fire under Jordan as he looked uncharacteristically lively through out the entire match.Did well to find little pockets of space around a Comoros defense that was well set up.He looks to have found confidence and this was exhibited in his willingness to shoot from range a couple of times in the match.His footwork and patience in the box leading to his late goal was the highlight of a positive outing for the Aston Villa man.Was Ghana’s best player on the day.
Solomon Asante – 5
The usually crafty and creative winger just like his partner on the right hand side looked reluctant to attack the defense of the opposition in the moments leading up to his game ending injury.Not a good sign for player who could genuinely challenge for the slot against the injury plagued Atsu.
Andre Ayew – 6
Questionable decision by Avram Grant to employ him as a left winger due to his lack of pace and trickery.Found space to power a good header on goal late in the game and that’s as significant as he was to the match.
Asamoah Gyan – 6
Started off the game on a positive note by playing a perfect pass to Agyemang Badu which could have fetched Ghana an early goal and also got on the end of a rare cross from the wings which went narrowly wide.The lack of game time left its imprint on his performance as he surprisingly missed a sitter in the 51″ minute after turning away from his marker.A wasteful performance from the Ghana skipper which saw him miss out on that milestone 50th goal in his 95th cap for Ghana.
Daniel Amartey – 6
Replaced Jonathan Mensah midway through the first half and had little to do except mop up loose balls and aid circulate possession.
Jeffrey Schlupp – 7
His energy and tenacity was evident the moment he stepped on the pitch and he provided everything the player he replaced failed to.Lots of positive direct running and a knack for chasing down the ball when the opposition had it will have Avram Grant excited.A good game for the versatile wing back.