The Black Stars of Ghana recorded consecutive victories in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after they defeated Zimbabwe 1-0 at the National Stadium.
Thomas Partey scored the only goal of the game from a well taken free-kick at the edge of the box.
Here’s how MahamaShaibu.com rated and assessed the players.
1. Jojo Wolacott – 5/10
Jojo Wallocott wasn’t threatened at all throughout the game but looked shaky especially in the first half and struggled to communicate with his defense.
2. Daniel Amartey – 6/10
Daniel Amartey was solid in an unusual right back position, teaming up with the center backs to keep Knowledge Musonda and Khama Billiat quiet. He however offered little in attack.
3. Alexander Djiku – 5.5/10
Unlucky to have been subbed off due to an injury, Alexander Djiku didn’t take any chance at the back and was on alert to deal with any dangerous ball, but he struggled to communicate with his defensive partner.
4. Jonathan Mensah – 5/10
Just like Saturday, Jonathan Mensah failed to organize the back line. He struggled to communicate perfectly with the goalkeeper and his defensive partner. Mensah was lucky not have given a goal away.
5. Baba Rahman – 6/10
Gradually, Baba Raham is getting back to his best. The Reading left back was solid at the back like he was in the reverse fixture. He teamed up perfectly with the center backs to make sure the Zimbabwe attack didn’t threaten.
6. Baba Iddrisu – 7.5/10
Undoubtedly the player of the match, Baba Iddrisu kept it calm in midfielder, linking the defense to the attack and as well winning almost every 50/50 ball.
7. Thomas Partey – 7.5/10
Once again, Thomas Partey demonstrated why Arsenal paid €50m to secure his services from Atletico Madrid last year. He didn’t control the game like it was expected of him but he scored the goal that made the difference.
8. Mohammed Kudus – 7/10
Hard to think of a bad Black Stars game when Mohammed Kudus is the subject matter. The youngster controlled the game well and was unlucky not to have scored, he struck the post in the second half and came close on some few occasions.
9. Jordan Ayew – 5/10
Jordan Ayew’s goal scoring drought continued. He was moved from the center forward role to the wings. The Crystal Palace forward failed to make any real impact in the game.
10. Benjamin Tetteh – 5.5/10
His first start and only his second appearance for the Black Stars. Benjamin Tetteh didn’t get enough service but his hold up play and physique gave the Zimbabwe defense headache throughout his time on the field.
11. Kamaldeen Sulemana – 5.5/10
Kamaldeen was fantastic in the first half of the game and gave the Zimbabwe defenders problems with his pace and direct dribbling style. He struggled to replicate similar performance in the second half and was subbed off in the 60th minute.
1. Daniel Kyereh – 5/10
Came on for Kamaldeen Sulemana in the 60th minute and didn’t make any real impact in the game.
2. Joseoh Aidoo – 5/10
Replaced Djiku in the 74th minute and nearly gave a goal away with a poor back pass.
3. Samuel Owusu – N/A
Samuel Owusu came on for Jordan Ayew in the final minutes of the game and had little time to make an impact.
4. Andre Ayew – N/A
Replaced Mohammed Kudus in the 86th minute and had little time to make an influence on the game.
5. Caleb Ekuban – N/A
Caleb Ekuban came on in the last minute for Benjamin Tetteh and didn’t have much time to make an impact on the game.