Ghana beat Dahomey 5-1 in the second leg of their World Cup qualifying match at Kumasi on Sunday.
Ghana beat Dahomey 5-1 in the second leg of their World Cup qualifying match at Kumasi on Sunday. The Ghanaians, who scored five goals in the first leg as well, won through on an aggregate of 10 - 1.
Sunday's match proved a personal triumph for right-winger Osei Kofi, returning to international soccer after a knee injury. After missing several scoring chances, Kofi scored twice in the first half to give his side a 2-0 interval lead.
Dahomey pulled a goal back shortly after the interval. The scorer was their right-winger Kamilou Bamiou, heading home at close range.
This goal shocked the Ghanaians into a relentless series of counter-attacks. Inside-left Ibrahim Sunday put them 3-1 ahead within ten minutes. And before the end, Ghana had added two more goals to complete their 5 - 1 victory.
SYNOPSIS: At Ghana's Kumasi stadium on Sunday, Dahomey kicked off in the second leg of their World Cup qualifying match against Ghana. Dahomey started the match facing an almost impossible task. They had lost the first leg played in Cotonou by five goals to nil. And on Sunday, the Ghanaians once again proved their midfield superiority and mounted a relentless series of attacks. Bad finishing robbed the home side of an early goal, and the crowd was angered by a series of unpardonable misses.
Ghana kept up the pressure throughout the first half, surging into attack after attack. And they kept missing open goals. One of the worst offenders was right-winger Osei Kofi, returning to international soccer after being injured, who squandered two good scoring chances. Then, after twenty minutes, Kofi made amends by putting Ghana in the lead.
Dahomey struggled to get back on level terms, launching a series of counter-attacks. But the best chances were created at the other end. One minute before the interval, Ghana went further ahead. The scorer was again Kofi, showing himself fully recovered from his recent leg injury.
In the second half, Dahomey again attacked with spirit. From a free kick, their right-winger Bamiou headed a fine goal to make the score two-one. But Ghana soon scored again through inside-left Ibrahim Sunday. And they added two more goals before the end. Final score, Ghana 5, Dahomey 1.