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Zimbabwe 0-1 Ghana: Five things we learnt from the Black Stars in World Cup qualifier

Published on: 12 October 2021

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey was the hero as his first-half strike earned Ghana a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday. 

The result secured back-to-back wins for Ghana to stay in contention to qualify for next year's tournament in Qatar.

As it stands, Ghana are top of the group and would be hope South Africa drop points later on Tuesday when they host Ethiopia in Johannesburg.

Below are five things we learned from the game in Harare.

Milovan Rajevac on the right track

The Serbian has been in charge for barely a month and it appears he is on the right track. Under Rajevac, Black Stars has played with more confidence and certainty, resulting in two important victories.

He has served a clear notice that no player is untouchable and all must fight for their place in the starting lineup. On Tuesday, he dropped captain Andre Ayew.

Rajevac is not afraid to play the youngsters. During his first spell, he phased out the old guards and used the youngsters. He has started that very early.

Thomas Partey leads by example

Thomas Partey's absence in the first two games coincided with the Black Stars playing shambolically and taking three points from a possible six.

His return has been a plus for the Black Stars. The Arsenal man scored in Cape Coast and registered another goal on Tuesday.

With Andre Ayew named on the bench, Partey was tasked to lead the team and he did excellently. He was unplayable in the middle and scored the winner with a powerful free-kick in the 31st minute.

He has now scored in all four games that he has captained the Black Stars.

Mohammed Kudus is special

Another player who missed the first two games, Kudus Mohammed proved once again that he is a special talent and can carry the Black Stars in future.

He was everywhere on the field, dribbling, creating chances and testing the opposition goalkeeper. He deserved a goal and was unfortunate to strike the post with a fantastic effort in the second half.

Andre Ayew not missed

Rajevac shocked Ghanaians when he named captain Andre Ayew on the bench in Harare after he scored last time out.

But he wasn't missed because the youngsters Kamaldeen Sulemana, Mohammed Kudus and Benjamin Tetteh repaid coach Rajevac's faith by impressing greatly.

Ayew came on in the second half and had little impact.  The Qatar-based forward know he has been sent a clear message that he has to work harder to keep his place in the starting line-up.

Jordan Ayew drought continues

Jordan Ayew continued to struggle in front of goal as he extended his goal drought after failing to find the net on Tuesday.

The attacker was hoping to score during the international to restore his confidence but it wasn't the case.

He started on the right-wing in Harare, and got into decent positions but was unable to find the net.

Ayew's last competitive goal for both club and country was a penalty against Sao Tome and Principe in March this year.

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