Ghana seized a narrow advantage against Zaire in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying clash in Accra on Sunday (August 5).
Ghana seized a narrow advantage against Zaire in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying clash in Accra on Sunday (August 5). A 35th minute penalty, scored by left back Akuetteh Amrah, gave Ghana a slender 1-0 lead to take into the second encounter in Kinshasa on August 19.
Thirty-thousand fans packed Accra Sports Stadium to see the match -- and watch the Zaire players, with the superior fitness, turn on the power in the second half which nearly brought them an equaliser.
SYNOPSIS: Ghana, playing left to right in the lighter strip, kick off in their crucial World Cup qualifying match against the Zaire national side on Sunday.
Thirty-thousand fans packed the Accra Sports Stadium, and they soon saw their local heroes under pressure from a lively Zaire attack. But Ghana's goalkeeper Lante held firm to clear this attack.
Rain had affected the surface of the pitch, and in the heavy atmosphere ball control was difficult. The tension of the occasion -- with the ultimate chance of a place among the soccer elite in West Germany next year -- also contributed to some scrappy football.
But for most of the first half, the Ghana Black Stars -- starting to build up an attack here -- showed the more imaginative forward play and this kept them on top.
From one of their breakaway attacks in the thirty-fifth minute, one of the Ghana forwards took a tumble in the penalty area -- and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Left back Akuetteh Amrah made no mistake with the kick to give Ghana a one-nil lead.
That's how the score remained for the first half, and though later in the second half the Zaire Leopards counter-attacked hard, Ghana take their one-nil lead into the second leg -- to be played in Kinshasa on August the nineteenth.