Saudi Arabia couldn’t give new coach Edgardo Bauza a winning start as Ghana handed them a 3-0 thrashing at home in an international friendly Tuesday night.
The Argentine was appointed barely a month ago, replacing Bert van Marwijk nine days after securing them qualification to next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Ghana dominated play from start but labored till a minute from halftime to find a breakthrough at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah which recorded a 13,707 attendance.
Black Stars new boy Kasim Nuhu who was handed his first cap by Coach Kwasi Appiah found the back of the net with a debut goal as he tapped home beautifully after a scramble from a corner kick in the Green Falcons’ penalty area.
In the second half, Ghana made a number of changes with youngster Isaac Twum, John Antwi, Daniel Opare and Vincent Atingah all getting some minutes in the game.
The Black Stars made it 2-0 in the 69th minute after Thomas Partey’s pass towards John Antwi was turned into his own net by the onrushing Saudi Arabia captain Osama Hawsawi.
The hosts staged a fightback in the final five minutes, pinning the Black Stars to the back but they were unlucky to score. In the 86th minute, skipper of the day Daniel Amartey had to make a goal-line clearance after shot-stopper Lawrence Ati-Zigi was beaten to the ball.
A minute from time, Thomas Partey who had been bossing the game finally rewarded himself with a classic finish from the edge of the box. 3-0 the friendly ended.
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Posted by FootyGhana on Tuesday, October 10, 2017