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Ghana A' v Guinea A' Match Report, 14/09/2017

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Cape Coast Sports Stadium
Wafu: Ghana 2 Guinea 0: Sarfo & Kizito save Konadu's blushes
21:02 GMT+3 14/09/2017
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Two second-half goals were enough to help the Black Stars defeat Syli National to take the pressure off coach Maxwell Konadu

Ghana defeated Guinea 2-0 at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Thursday to leap to top of Group A of the 2017 Wafu Cup.

Two goals in second-half by Berekum Chelsea frontman Stephen Sarfo and substitute Kwame Kizito capped off a brilliant performance by the Black Stars, as they opened a two-point gap in Group A.

Coach Maxwell Konadu made two changes in Ghana's setup that struggled to pip Gambia 1-0 in the preliminary round, as Winful Cobbinah and Sarfo replaced Emmanuel Ampiah and Kizito respectively.

After an end-to-end action in the opening five minutes, the Black Stars took charge of the midfield and caused series of troubles to the back-four of Guinea but Sarfo and Felix Addo fluffed the opportunities that came their way.

By the 35th minute, Guinea recovered from their slumber, but with Cisse Seydombia and C. Abdoulaye failing to exploit the few chances they got thanks to Ghana goalkeeper Joseph Addo who stood up to the challenge.  

After the break, the Black Stars doubled their effort and began to push Guinea into their own half and by the 48th minute, the hosts were up by a goal.

Asante Kotoko captain Amos Frimpong combined with Felix Addo and the latter's cross found a breach in Syli National's defence, with Sarfo tapping into the net from close range.

By 68th minute, Konadu brought on Hearts of Oak duo Patrick Razak and Kizito for Felix and goalscorer Sarfo and switched to a 4-5-1 formation.  

The substitution yielded dividends.  Kizito's first effort missed the target narrowly but a cross from Frimpong on 72nd minute was pulled back by Razak for Kizito, who calmly headed into an empty net to make it 2-0.

Guinea almost pulled one back on 82nd minute after skipper Aminata was brought down outside the box but Seydombia's resulting kick was denied by the woodwork.

Konadu's men were resilient at the back to record their second clean sheet of the tournament despite late threats from Guinea.

In the first game of the group, Nigeria shared the spoils goalless with Mali. Ghana will play Mali in the next round of matches on Saturday while Guinea square it off with the Super Eagles.

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