Hearts of Oak defender Vincent Atinga powered Ghana to victory in the opening game of the WAFU tournament against Gambia in the dying embers of the game.
Isaac Twum captained the Black Stars team and was named the most valuable player of the game while Winful Cobinah, Felix Annan, Ahmed Adams and Patrick Razak were all on the bench.
The host nation began the game on a brighter as they seemed to pressure the Gambians but finding the back of the net was a problem for them.
The first chance of the game fell on Kwame Kizito as Felix Addo cross reached him inside the 18 yard box, the resulting free header went wide.
Nuhu Musah was stretched off the pitch after he was fouled at the center of the pitch, he was then replaced by Vincent Atinga.
Ghana continued pilling pressure but Gambians holding midfielder, Sidebe kept clearing his lines to prevent the host from scoring in the first half.
Gambia nearly spoilt the party for Ghana when Silah Gibril run at the defence line of the host but he was denied by Joseph Addo which ended the first half by both sides not scoring.
Gideon Waja was substituted by Maxwell in the second half for Patrick Razak, as he used his pace and dribbling skills to disturb the Gambian defense but it still couldn’t earn Ghana the opener.
Maxwell then threw in another striker to replace Lame Kizito but still the opener was far from fetched though the chances were being created.
Ghana pressed on and continued to ask all the questions in attack as they created chances in attack. A goal-bound attempt was deflected away by the Gambian keeper in the 97th minute but Thomas Abbey fired at goal to continue the pressure.
His ball was handled inside the box by a Gambian defender and the referee awarded the Black Stars penalty.
The Gambians seemed to have disagreed with the referees decision so they launched a full demonstration on him in the process
When tempers calmed down, Vincent Atinga stepped up and coolly tucked the ball away for the only goal of the game to fire Ghana to the group stages of the tournament.
Ghana’s Starting XI: Joseph Addo, Amos Frimpong, Emmanuel Ampiah, Musah Nuhu (Vincent Atinga) Samuel Sarfo – Isaac Twum, Gideon Waja (Patrick Razak), Thomas Abbey, Emmanuel Lomotey – Felix Addo, Kwame Kizito (Stephen Sarfo)
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