Stars beat Congo 3-2

Two of a kind– Stars’ late goal striker Jordan Ayew (9) and team mate Afriyie Acquah celebrate

Two of a kind– Stars’ late goal striker Jordan Ayew (9) and team mate Afriyie Acquah celebrate

JORDAN Ayew at the last minutes strived to give Ghana a 3-2 win over Congo in an international played in Brazzaville yesterday to boost their confidence ahead of Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda.

This boosts the Black Stars for their next assignment on Saturday against Rwanda in a 2017 Nations Cup qualifier in Kigali.

Ayew, who is down the pecking order at Aston Villa, came off the bench to seal the winner after coming off the bench.

Ghana took a two-zero lead at half time with goals from stand-in captain Harrison Afful and Roda JC Richmond Boakye-Yiadom.

But the Congolese came back strongly after head coach, Claude Le Roy made changes with the introduction of Mbaka and Binguila.

The Red Devils leveled at 2-2 before Ayew connected home the winning goal in injury time after collecting a pass from Afriyie Acquah.

Ghana will now leave to Kigali to face Rwanda on Saturday in a 2017

Africa Cup of Nations Group H qualifier.

Debutant Daniel Nii Adjei and striker Richmond Boakye Yiadom put the Black Stars in control of the game with strikes that confounded the Congolese.

Nii Adjei got his Black Stars career off to dream start when he fired the visiting side into the lead following his late invitation to the side from his DR Congo side TP Mazembe.

Adjei was invited following the injury of Godfred Donsah and proved his worth by giving the four-time African champions the lead despite the early first half pressure by the home side.

Excellent defending by AshGold captain Lawrence Lartey supported by experienced Edwin Gyimah, Baba Rahman and captain Harrison Afful kept the Congolese at bay until Yiadom struck to extend the lead.

Line-up:Razak Braimah, Harrison Afful, Edwin Gyimah, Lawrence Lartey, Baba Rahman, Daniel Nii Adjei, Afriyie Acquah, Christian Atsu, Bernard Mensah, Solomon Asante, and Richmond Boakye Yiadom.

From Times Sports Desk

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