Seven-star Ghana hand Appiah winning start
6/1/2012 11:02:23 PM -
Ghana overcame a second half power outage which held up play for an hour at the Baba Yara Stadium to finish 7-0 winners against a listless Lesotho in the opening Group D match in the qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Friday.
The win sends the Black Stars top of the table and handed Kwesi Appiah, a good start in his first competitive game as Ghana coach.
It was a dominant display from the Black Stars right from the blast of referee Badara Diatta's whistle till the final call as Lesotho finished with ten men after Tsoanelo Koetle was sent off in the 90th minute.
Sulley Muntari's opener provided the moment of inspiration as Dominic Adiyiah grabbed a brace and Jordan Ayew also recorded his debut goal after scoring twice.
Christian Atsu and Jerry Akaminko, both making their Black Stars debut also scored after the interval in a dominant display.
The Black Stars play Zambia next in the campaign before the qualifiers goes on break to return next year.
Ghana line up
Adam Kwarasey, Samuel Inkoom/Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jerry Akaminko, Derek Boateng/Anthony Annan, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Sulley Muntari/Christian Atsu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Jordan Ayew, Dominic Adiyiah.