Ruthless Ghana thrash Deportivo 7-1 in friendly ahead of Egypt clash
By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu
Ghana were ruthless 7-1 winners against second tier side Deportivo in a trial match on Friday evening ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier against Egypt.
The low-keyed game was observed by an impressive crowd at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.
The team trooped onto the pitch moments after meeting with Asantehene Otumfour Osei Tutu II and didn’t take too long in shaking off any sign of sluggishness.
Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu opened the scoring with a cool finish off a David Addy cross.
The Division One side surprisingly pulled even through David Owusu-Ansah on the half hour mark to awaken the Black Stars from their temporal slumber.
Mubarak Wakaso restored Ghana’s lead five minutes later with a trademark finish.
Striker Mahatma Otoo then stretched the lead moments later with another good finish.
The crowd were up cheering three minutes to half time at the introduction of Richard Kingson who replaced Adam Kwarasey.
There was however enough time for a fourth as a Mahatma Otoo effort went in but was later credited as an own goal.
Coach Akwasi Appiah started the second half with an entirely different set with big guns Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan all coming on.
Majeed Waris recorded his name on the scoresheet with a neat finish in the 65th minute to make it 5-1 before Fatau Dauda replaced Richard Kingson.
The Spartak Moscow man was however back to grab his brace with another neat finish moments later.
Midfielder Sulley Muntari then put the icing on the cake with Ghana’s 7th to cap an impressive trial showing of even greater things to come against Egypt on Tuesday.