By Peterking Quaye – Shout-Africa.com sources have it that Coach Stevanovic trained with the full squad, drawn from bases in Europe at the Bosuilstadion, the match venue. The Serb met the 18 foreign-based players picked up for the task at the training ground yesterday. The match played at the 17000 capacity Bosuilstadion.
Ghana, who top the African rankings, played the Hawks with the previous meeting between the pair coming in a friendly in August 2006, which ended 2-0 in favour of the Black Stars. Goran Stevanovic’s tenure as Ghana boss got off to the best possible start with a 4-1 victory over Togo in Antwerp, Belgium.
Dominic Adiyiah scored only his second goal in a year-and-a-half to hand Ghana the lead over its eastern neighbors, but Togo fought back with an equalizer via the penalty spot at the start of the second half.
However, the Black Stars fought back to claim victory and the bragging rights with goals from defender Jonathan Mensah and an own-goal after good work from midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah.
Samuel Inkoom who replaced striker Prince Tagoe finished off a perfect move by in-form Dominic Adiyiah to seal the deserved victory.
Stevanovic set out his side in an attacking manner, playing the Adiyiah and Prince Tagoe up-front and the attack-minded midfielders Sulley Muntari and Kwadwo Asamoah behind them.
The result is likely to ensure Ghana retain their place as the top-ranked side in Africa and for Stevanovic it will buy him precious goodwill as he embarks on one of the most difficult jobs in African football.
And for a coach who promised to win and win with style, Stevanovic could not have wished for a better start.
The street of Accra was ecstatic and vociferous as the goals pour for Ghana during the games ,many football fan despite earlier been skeptical about the score line,when the final whistle went ,many could not hide their joy and the statement that Ghana is really the best
Richard Kingson; John Painstil, Isaac Vorsah/Jonathan Mensah, John Mensah/John Boye, David Addy; Anthony Annan/Emmanuel Agyeman Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari/Nana Kwesi Asare, Bernard Kumordzi/Derek Boateng; Dominic Adiyiah, Prince Tagoe/Samuel Inkoom .
Scorers: Adiyiah, Jonathan Mensah, Own Goal, Inkoom