Ghana tops Group F after stuttering Afcon campaign

Frustrated by Squirrels, surviving Lion attack, Ghana tames Wild Dogs

Kwesi Appiah flashed a loaded smile after the second and final goal. It said without words, relief and justification in all the vilifications.

Ghana left it late to qualify from Group F at Afcon 2019 after using for a guinea pig, Guinea-Bissau in a 2-0 win.

They endured stuttering starts against Benin’s Squirrel, spirited but goal-less performance against Indomitable Lions of Cameroun.

But after Guinea-Bissau let the Wild Dogs out, the Stars came alive with early second half goal from Jordan and a confidently knitted attack to give Partey a goal for the critics.

Ghana’s campaign has been like one of those fearful flights in a shaking plane. A panicked and resigned passangers throwing sticks at a calm pilot who is running out of runaway. But just some yards off, the plane lifts off – relief.

The Black Stars showed intent but with no points available for intent, it was actually Guinea-Bissau that would rattle the Stars in the 17minute. A shot full of umpth, scrabbled across the cross ball after a goal-saving shave with keeper Ofori’s fingers.

Ghana’s last shot at qualification at Afcon 2019 in Egypt is underway. The Black Stars face Guinea-Bissau. Anything less than a win for the Black Stars could be F for fail in Group F.