The Black Meteors played against their Gabonese counterparts in the quest to qualify for the Olympic games in Tokyo next year.
The prelude for this game was a lot of talk about how the meteors will be sharing the same grand stage with the Black Stars on a day where the Normalization Committee scheduled that both matches should take place on the same day. CAF agreed with the decision after a formal petition was sent to them.
The Black Meteors line-up was highly dominated by players who played their football outside the shores of Ghana with stars like Bernard Tekpetey, Ousman Nuhu, Yaw Owusu and a host of others.
The match began with much fanfare as the meteors threatened as early as the 5th minute of the game. A mistake by the two Ghanaian centre backs allowed the Gabonese striker in on goal, two beautiful saves by the Ghanaian goalie Kwame Baah spared their blushes.
The Meteors dominated proceedings after that and went in front deservedly in the 14th minute.
Kwabena Owusu after driving into the box laid it to the side for his teammate who returned the favour with a pass back to him, what preceded was a sublime finish into the top corner.
Ghana dropped a level a bit after the goal and allowed Gabon to have some possession. The Gabonese struck the post in the period and threatened to equalize but Ghana held firm to go into the break ahead.
Ghana returned from the break fired up and were soon ahead by two goals after Bernard Tekpetey swept home a cross from the right. The Meteors were in control and dictated the play with the Gabonese not finding a way through the defense of the Ghanaian side.
Just when most fans were beginning to worry about the meteors not taking their chances, Ousman Bukar grabbed the game by its neck and scored twice in ten minutes to put the game to bed.
The first of the two was just basically quick instincts as he nicked a bouncing ball from the front of a Gabonese defender and finished neatly between the legs of the goalkeeper.
The second was due to his sheer power, racing past a defender, he slammed home the ball over the keeper’s head to cap a fine performance where he scored twice and assisted one.
The Meteors won the game by 4 goals to nil and Ibrahim Tanko’s men will take a healthy four-goal lead into the second leg in Libreville next week.