by Satish Sekar at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami © Satish Sekar (June 9th 2014)
James Kwesi Appiahʼs Ghana leave for Brasil and the World Cup tomorrow after a confidence-boosting 4-0 drubbing of South Korea. Jordan Ayew – one of three internationals fathered by Ghanaian great Abedi (Pelé) Ayew – came off the bench following a 4th minute injury to Majeed Waris caused by a bad sliding tackle by Ki Sung-yeung. The leg injury saw Waris assisted from the pitch. Jordan Ayew – his brother André also played – bagged a hat-trick.
The first came after 10 minutes with scuffed and deflected shot that beat South Korean goal-keeper Jung Sung-ryong to his left. His second – sandwiched an excellent solo effort by Asamoah Gyan – came 6 minutes after the break and was easily the pick of his hat-trick. He completed his hat-trick with a tap in after excellent wing play by the Black Starsʼ unheralded Albert Adomah, currently playing for Middlesbrough, but who started with non-league Harrow Borough.
South Korea contributed to the match and were unlucky to depart, having been thrashed. Fatau Daudaʼs poor club form continued into this match. The Black Starsʼ defence of Harrison Afful, Kwadmo Asamoah, John Boye and veteran John Mensah were tested by the South Koreans, early Chung Yong Lee, but misfortune dogged Koreaʼs endeavours.
Five minutes before half-time Son Heung-min hit the post. It rebounded off Boye for a corner. Kim Young-gwonʼs cross resulted in an unconvincing looking Dauda flap at it. Dauda was afforded extra protection by the referee who disallowed what should have been the equaliser – Kwak Tae-Hwiʼs header. Shortly afterwards, adding insult to injury, Gyan appeared to foul Kwak to gain possession before dashing towards the area and clinically dispatching the chance.
Despite chasing goals South Koreaʼs best chances had passed by half-time. While André Ayew seemed to want to score a special goal, trying a spectacular bicycle kick rather than the simple option his brother helped himself to a hat-trick that may just have helped him force his way into Appiahʼs starting line-up.
Jordanʼs second came 8 minutes into the second half. Sulley Muntariʼs pass found him outside the area and Jordanʼs shot gave Jung no chance. A minute before normal time ended a tap-in completed the hat-trick that sent Ghana off to Brasil full of confidence.