Ghana’s Black Stars battered Saudi Arabia 3-0 in an international friendly at their own backyard Tuesday night.
In front of 13,707 spectators in attendance at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, the Black Stars dominated a larger part of the game as they began their team rebuilding exercise after failing to win a ticket to the Russia 2018 World Cup.
Ghana labored till a minute from halftime to find a breakthrough. New boy Kasim Nuhu who was handed his first cap by Coach Kwasi Appiah found the back of the net with a debut goal as he tapped home beautifully from a corner kick.
In the second half, Ghana made a number of changes with youngster Isaac Twum, Abass Mohammed, John Antwi, Daniel Opare and Vincent Atingah all getting some minutes in the game.
The Black Stars made it 2-0 in the 69th minute after Thomas Partey’s pass towards John Antwi was turned into his own net by the onrushing Saudi Arabia captain Osama Hawsawi.
The hosts staged a fightback in the final five minutes, pinning the Black Stars to the back but they were unlucky to score. In the 86th minute, skipper of the day Daniel Amartey had to make a goal-line clearance after shot-stopper Lawrence Ati-Zigi was beaten to the ball.
A minute from time, Thomas Partey who had been bossing the game finally rewarded himself with a classic finish from the edge of the box. 3-0 the friendly ended.
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