Ghana powered to a 6-1 victory over Egypt to take a commanding step of qualifying for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien was the inspiration for the Ghana side as his great tenacity forced Wael Gomaa to concede an own-goal and Asamoah Gyan grabbed his 39th international goal with Waris also scoring his third, all in the opening 45 minutes.
AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari scored on his return as well as substitute Christian Atsu.
Fatau Dauda – 6.5/10
The Orlando Pirates shot-stopper was rarely tested in the game until he was made to face Mohamed Aboutreka for penalty kick in the 41st minute. He enjoyed some kind of holiday in the post expect that he had to come out and save a harmless save mid-way in the first half and some second-half intervention.
Samuel Inkoom – 7/10
Did anything show on the evening that the 24-year-old has not been active at club level? No!!!! He was magnificent. Perhaps more of what we want to see from the man.
Great display. Thumbs up!!!
Daniel Opare – 7/10
The Standard Liege man was magnificent at left-back as he won most the challenges that he went in for. His surging runs proved vital and also managed to close down the opposition from coming forward.
He was a pain in their necks.
Jerry Akaminko – 6.5/10
The Turkish-based defender at least proved he has gotten better as he marshalled the defence with the absence of the regular. He worked tirelessly and he deserves the credit for his performance.
Rashid Sumaila – 6.5/10
With the midfield fully functional, there was little work for defence to do and the few times they manage to breach the midfield, there was the solid defensive partnership to deny them and Rashid was central to that.
Though he conceded a penalty, he was all good on his full competitive international debut.
Michael Essien – 9.5/10
Obviously best player on the pitch on the evening. Le Bison never clinched. He expanded with freedom, used his experienced and advertised the real Essien. Though Wael Gomaa will be credited with the second goal, it was the work of Essien that fetched it. He kept his composure and tenacity, beat four Egyptians and his attempt to lay a pass for Ayew found the leg of Gomaa who connected home.
With his presence in the middle, Egypt had more problems to deal with.
Kwadwo Asamoah – 7/10
Though the Juventus man enjoyed a silent evening, he warmed himself into the game after the break and he made his markers work as he used his skill and technique plus his incredible physique to win and retain balls in the midfield.
Andre Ayew – 7.5/10
Almost a perfect evening for the Olympique Marseille man. He was a real steamroller you would want in your team. A fine display and was involved in the sequence of play that resulted in the second goal engineered by Michael Essien.
Sulley Muntari – 7.5/10
Before the AC Milan man got on the score-sheet, he was the architect of two of Ghana’s first three goals. His well-taken free-kick from the right found Waris in a crowded Egyptian goal area and the striker connected home with an intelligent header.
The 28-year-old applied an acrobatic kick inside the box from a Jerry Akaminko searching cross and Gyan arrived in time to head home his 39th international goal.
After his illustrious evening, his moment arrived as he converted from the spot, beautifully sending the Egyptian keeper the wrong way. He was replaced by Badu in 80th minute.
Asamoah Gyan – 7.5/10
Brace getter. The Al Ain man made amends and fast after missing an early goal, he rose to the occasion to score the opener with a 3rd minute strike sending a low volley to the far post while the Sherif Ekramy was locked to his place.
With a perfect combination working with Waris, he was always sure of getting his second and a Muntari scissor kick provided the impetus as the ‘Baby Jet’ picked the pocket of the defence to head home from inside of the box.
He was pivotal to the victory.
Majeed Waris – 8.5/10
Assisted Gyan’s opening goal with a measure of his big talent, flicking a delightful back-heel for the lead-man to send a low volley to the far post. Then the Spartak Moscow man grabbed his third in nine games for the Black Stars, heading home a Muntari free-kick from the left.
The former Swedish Player of the Year award winner did not rest on the evening as he set up a penalty, employing his speed to beat his marker and the keeper before he was fouled inside the box.
An outstanding display.
Christian Atsu – 7/10
The Chelsea starlet skewed his markers with glee, massacring them with some measure of sadistic air of delight. His 89th minute finish was top-class, exploiting for space before powering a squeezing low-volley to the side of the post marked by the goalkeeper.
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu – 6/10
And how about that screamer from the Udinese man? He had some few moments to shine in the game and he made every single chance he had count. He was workaholic as the grinder he is known for.
Mubarak Wakaso – 6/10
The Rubin Kazan man also enjoyed his game on the evening. Strong performance from him.