Ayew Brothers keep Black Stars bright

January 30, 2017

Brothers Jordan and Andre Ayew scored for Ghana as they reached the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals Sunday with a 2-1 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo in Oyem.

The younger, Jordan, opened the scoring after 63 minutes of a tight, bruising quarter-final in northern Gabon and Andre put Ghana ahead again from a 78th-minute penalty won by playmaker, Christian Atsu.

The Ayews are two of the footballing sons of great Ghana football legend, Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew, without doubt the greatest African footballer of all time, not only for his exploits on the field, but more importantly, for his great and continuous contribution to world football through his great genetic wonder!

Between the Ayew goals, Paul-Jose Mpoku levelled for DR Congo with a swerving shot on 68 minutes.

Ghana, seeking a first Cup of Nations title since 1982, will play Cameroon next Thursday in Franceville, for a final place.

Although Ghana had more possession during a goalless first half, it was DR Congo who came closest to scoring in a stadium surrounded by dense rain forest.

Giant Hull City striker Dieumerci Mbokani featured prominently for the Congolese Leopards, and one of his attempts was foiled by the woodwork.

A suicidal back pass from Ghanaian Harrison Afful was intercepted by Mbokani, who rounded goalkeeper Razak Brimah, but his scuffed, angled tap hit the post.

Midway through the half, Mbokani retained possession under pressure from three Ghanaian Black Stars and passed back for Junior Kabananga to blaze over.

A superb pass over the defence from Mpoku gave Mbokani a half-chance on 37 minutes only for his hurried shot to fly well off target.

As half-time approached, Brimah got lucky twice as DR Congo continued to look the likelier side to break the deadlock.

He dribbled across a Congolese attacker inside his box when a booted clearance would have been more advisable, and gentler on the nerves of coach Avram Grant.

The Spain-based goalkeeper then failed to grasp an Mbokani-shot from outside the penalty area, but smothered the loose ball as a Leopard darted toward it.

Ghana, who did not have a shot on target in the opening half, threatened as the second half progressed, and it was no surprise when they took the lead.

A misplaced Congolese pass was intercepted by Mubarak Wakaso, who set up Jordan Ayew in the Congolese area.

Jordan rode one tackle with the ease, and with the composure of a seasoned striker, picked his spot, and released the trigger with such finesse that the ball evaded the sprawling ‘keeper Ley Matampi, to nestle in the net, to the great joy of the Ghanaian fans in the stands, in Ghana and around the globe.

Yet, the advantage for the Ghanaians did not last long as Mpoku took aim outside the box and his swerving drive flew past Brimah into the right corner.

A rollercoaster game took another turn when Joyce Lomalisa fouled surging playmaker, Christian Atsu, and captain gor the day, Andre Ayew, showed him the difference, displacing Matampi with a fine shot with his sweet keft foir from the spot.

Indeed, that proved to be the difference.

At the final whistle, recovering captain, Asamoah Gyan got onto the field to congratulate his glorious understudy, Jordan Ayew, the heir-apparent for the coveted Ghana lead-striker shirt, for the foreseeable future.

No wonder Jordan Ayew, who had endured blame by ardent Ghanaian football fans and some media during the group stage, emerged refined, winning the Most Valuable Player award for his showmanship.

The scouts in the stadium and around the world, now have a fight on their hands, to try to prise Jordan Ayew from his struggling English championship side, Aston Villa.

SOURCE: cafonline/ ekowasmahsports.com

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