Ghana romped to a big win over Zambia in an international friendly as the competition for places in Milovan Rajevac’s squad for the next World Cup qualifier increases.
The Black Stars stomped to a 4-1 win after 45 minutes at the grounds of English League One side, Leyton Orient in game that Ghana clearly dominated.
Sulley Muntari opened the scoring before an own goal from the Zambia's Stoppilo Sunzo helped double Ghana’s lead.
Zambia, through Sunzo however pulled a goal back before Junior Agogo scored from a spot kick after Inkoom was down in the box with Haminu Draman hitting the fourth goal to end the five-goal thriller first half.
Black Stars coach, Rajevac was able to have a look at some regular squad members and made several changes in the second half with goalkeeper William Amamoo, Stephen Appiah, Kwame Quansah, Chris Dickson, Gladson Awako and David Telfer all given some minutes.
Appiah’s introduction saw Michael Essien relinquish the captain’s armband to the midfielder.
Zambia finished the game with ten men after Dennis Banda’s tackle drew the red card from referee Andre Mariner.
Despite seeing his squad suffer from injuries and visa acquisition problems leading to pull outs, Rajevac would be delighted with the positives picked up from the game which served as a preparatory game ahead of the 2010 World Cup qualifying next month.
The Black Stars’ next World Cup Qualifier is against Sudan at home.
The friendly win against Zambia, however, has provided Rajevac a good opportunity to see how his squad is shaping up for the upcoming qualifier.
Starting team: George Owu/William Amamoo, John Paintsil, Harrison Afful, Eric Addo, Francis Dickoh, Anthony Annan/David Telfer, Michael Essien/Gladson Awako, Samuel Inkoom, Haminu Draman/Stephen Appiah, Sulley Muntari/Chris Dickson, Junior Agogo/Kwame Quansah.
Subs: William Amamoo, Stephen Appiah, Gladson Awako, David Telfer, Chris Dickson, Kwame Quansah