Sunday, 19 November 2017
Gyasi delighted to score first Black Stars goal

Gyasi delighted to score first Black Stars goal

By Daniel ODURO
Norway-based Edwin Gyasi says he is delighted to have scored his first Black Stars goal on his home debut for the senior national team.

Gyasi made his Black Stars home debut in midfield during Ghana’s final 2018 World Cup qualifier against Egypt on Sunday and capped a fine display with a wonderful solo goal to save Ghana’s blushes in Cape Coast.
Gyasi started the game alongside the more experienced Mubarak Wakaso, Godfred Donsah and Ebenezer Ofori, and was unfazed by the task, acquitting himself creditably to the admiration of many of the fans who came to watch the game.
The Black Stars, who are in a rebuilding phase, were hoping to end their botched Word Cup campaign on a high note by beating the Pharoahs, but that was not to be as Egypt scored the opening goal of the game in the 61st minute.
Egypt star, Shikabala was picked out by Trezeguet before sending a superb left-footed strike past Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori against the run of play, with the Black Stars having bossed much of the contest to that point.
However, Egypt’s advantage was short-lived as Netherlands-born Gyasi - one of several new faces introduced to the national side during Kwesi Appiah's second tenure - equalised three minutes later.
The forward beat Ekramy with a deflected effort from outside the area, but the stopper made amends at the death when he denied Richard Boakye from close range.
It was the Aalesund FK hitman's first international goal, and came in only his second international, with the 26-year-old having made his debut in the Black Stars' 5-1 victory over the Congolese in September.
The 26-year old says it is an unbelievable feeling to score his first goal for the Black Stars.
“It is my first international goal in my second call-up for the Black Stars. It feels great and when I scored I saw my family jubilating and they whole crowd; it was amazing. We wanted to win the game, especially when you are playing at home, but 1-1 is better than losing at home.”
The Black Stars were without several key men as Appiah continues his rebuilding of the side, with the Ayew brothers not invited by the coach, and Christian Atsu and Asamoah Gyan absent due to injury.
Gyasi's goal means Ghana end the qualifying campaign third in Group E on seven points, six behind Egypt, who won four of their six qualifiers.

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