2019 Afcon qualifier: Ekuban debut goal saves Ghana's blushes

2019 Afcon qualifier: Ekuban debut goal saves Ghana's blushes
Source: Ghana/Joy Sports
Date: 23-03-2019 Time: 09:03:08:pm
Caleb Ekuban celebrates scoring his debut goal for the Black Stars

Caleb Ekuban marked his debut with a goal as Ghana laboured to a 1-0 victory over Kenya on the final day of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. 

The Trabzonspor striker's goal proved crucial as Black Stars finish the series as group winners, two points above the Harambee Stars, who had already qualified before the match. 

Black Stars and Kenya Match

Black Stars had a good opportunity to break the deadlock in the 24th minute but Partey swept his close-range shot across the face of goal, with the net wide open.

In the 36th minute, Ayew scored but the goal was chalked off as the Fenerbahce man was adjudged by the referee to have fouled the shot-stopper before putting the ball at the back of the net. 

On the stroke of half-time, Agbenyenu hit a shot across the face of goal but Ayew failed to connect from three yards.

The second half was keenly contested, resulting in no clear-cut chances for either side until the 82nd minute when Ekuban scored. 

The Italian-born striker hit a first-time left-footed shot from just inside the box, the effort proving too strong for goalkeeper Matasi as the Black Stars secured a hard-fought 1-0 win in Accra.