Ghana traveled to play Sao Tome and Principe in match-day two of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The home team has never played the Black Stars, and they showed great respect with their tactics. The following tactical analysis will highlight Sao Tome’s defensive approach as well as how the Black Stars sought to break down their opponent.
Sao Tome and Principe played a 4-2-3-1 formation. Luis Leal was the first line of defense for Sao Tome while the midfield five worked tirelessly behind him.
Ghana’s coach Kwesi Appiah continued with his favored 4-4-2 formation. The Black Stars made one change from the team that played South Africa in the previous game. Alfred Duncan wa replaced by Samuel Owusu which saw Andre Ayew move to the left midfield and Owusu playing on the right. An otherwise unchanged side saw Iddrisu Baba and Thomas Partey continue their developing partnership in the center of midfield and Jordan Ayew again partner Emmanuel Boateng upfront.
Ghana’s win over Sao Tome saw the Black Stars take the top position in Group C as they maintained a one hundred percent record in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. The win follows a 2-0 victory over South Africa in their opening game, making Ghana a strong team to back when betting on the AFCON 2021 qualifiers at Betway. You can also browse www.betwayghana.org for more exciting games while watching the AFCON qualifiers.
Jordan Ayew’s second-half penalty was enough for the Black Stars to maintain their unbeaten campaign in a game played under harsh pitch conditions at the National Stadium of Sao Tome. Familiar with the state of their pitch, Sao Tome started the game confidently in the first five minutes, though they soon recoiled as Ghana ceased control of the match.
Ghana’s first on goal attempt was in the 10th minute when Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey put in Jordan Ayew for the opener, but the Sao Tome goalkeeper claimed the ball. After a while, Sao Tome’s goalkeeper almost caused his side the opener goal when he gifted the ball to Ayew, who found Samuel Owusu. However, Samuel’s shot was blocked, and Boateng’s attempt to fire in the rebound was ruled offside by the assistant referee.
As Ghana continued to control the game and making attacks forward, the host also strengthened its defense at the back, making it difficult for the Stars to penetrate.
The home side held the Black Stars to a goalless draw until the end of the first half.
The Black Stars started the second half strongly, and five minutes into the second half, Boateng was brought down by Sao Tome goalkeeper. The referee awarded a penalty, which Jordan Ayew converted into the opener goal. Ghana pressed for a second goal, but pitch conditions made it difficult for them.
Ghana made its first change in the 64th minute. Mohammed Kudus came in to replace Boateng, and in the 72nd minute, Christopher Antwi-Adjei made his first appearance when he came in for Owusu. Ghana lowered the pace and brought in Joseph Attameh for Iddrissu Baba in the last minutes of the game. They were able to hold on to their slender advantage for their second consecutive win in the qualifiers in their opening games to go top of the table.