Ghana produced an uninspired display to dispatch Mozambique 3-1 and inch closer to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations with a performance which begs for several questions.
In-form Anderlecht winger Frank Acheampong gave the Black Stars an early lead to signify the start of baptism of fire for the basement side.
But a lackluster display from the team dominated their play in the first half with Acheampong missing two golden opportunities to increase the tally.
The four-time African champions resumed with second half revitalized and defender John Boye put his team 2-0 ahead with a header.
The persistence from the Turkish-based defender paid off as Zainadine Junior’s clearance ricochet off Boye’s head for the second – his fourth international goal.
Moments later, Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew chipped the ball past Jose Guirrugo for his side’s third goal at the Accra sports stadium – his 11th of his international career.
But the visitors responded after substitute Apson Manjate rose high to nod home the consolation with coach Avram Grant expected to ask questions about his defensive frailties and poor goalkeeping from Razak Brimah.
Many had expected Ghana to carve the lowly-ranked team at home but the visitors gave a good account of themselves in Accra and could be a real threat in the reverse fixture in Maputo on Sunday.
Ghana coach Avram Grant will be worried ahead of the return leg after the injury situation in his team escalated.
Injuries forced the former Chelsea manager to replace Frank Acheampong, Mubarak Wakaso and John Boye.
The Black Stars will secure an early qualification to the continental tournament in Gabon next year with at least a draw in Maputo on Sunday.
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