In the Black Stars first competitive match since the World Cup, Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew scored early in the first half in what was a comfortable victory. The rest of the victory were made in Germany. Hoffenheim’s Prince Tagoe and Schalke’s Hans Adu Sarpei completed the scoring in the second half. Sarpei’s goal is his first for the country. Despite the now regular loss of focus at the start of the second half that gave the initiative to the Swazis in an unnerving 10 minute stretch, the Stars never looked in danger of losing. And it was always going to be a question of how convincing the score would be.
The second goal put any nerves to rest, restored some fluidity to the Stars passing and allowed Milovan Rajevac to hand Jordan Ayew his first cap. The 18-year-old Ayew came on for his older brother Dede and is the next player in what is becoming football royalty. Naturally he was happy with his debut. The third goal put icing on the victory and Samuel Inkoom came in late to relieve Asamoah Gyan. The switch moved Jordan Ayew from the right wing to a striker. He partnered Tagoe who looked much more comfortable playing up top than as a winger.
Richard Kingson continued to show that age is nothing but a number as he kept a clean sheet. Kwadwo Asamoah looked reborn in the midfield. More solid performances from him and he will put his so so World Cup behind him fast.
In other group I news, Sudan beat Congo 2-0 and will probably be our main challengers in qualifying for 2012. Ghana plays Sudan at home on October 10.
But before that, the Black Stars will face the Warriors of Zimbabwe in a friendly on Wednesday. Look for Rajevac to make some changes and try some of his bench players. He will also be keen to try out different formations and see how versatile some of his players are.