Starlets re-open stadium with 4-1 win

16 years ago

Ghana marked the official re-opening of the Ohene Djan stadium on Sunday with a 4-1 thrashing of Togo in an international friendly.

President J.A. Kufuor opened the 40-000 seater stadium, one of the match venues for Ghana 2008 Africa Cup of Nations which would be running from January 20 to February 10, 2008.

The Black Starlets strolled into a 1-0 lead after 14 minutes when Ransford Osei – who scored a hat-trick - started the rout from a spot kick after a Togolese Under-17 player had handled the ball in the box.

Togo almost found the equaliser two minutes after Ghana’s opener but goalkeeper Joseph Addo was on deny Aloenohovo Packer’s attempt at goal.

The Black Starlets could not break down the Togo defence as both sides ended the half with Ghana clinging onto their 1-0 lead.

Ghana returned from recess and jumped into the lead six minutes into the half when Ransford Osei made it 2-0 after finishing off a move by Daniel Opare.

Osei followed up again with as he got a hat-trick and Ghana’s third goal in the 64th minute whene he scored.

Togo pulled one back in the 81st minute Gabiamu Vieron scored through a beautiful solo effort.

Black Starlets coach, Emmanuel Quarshie made a host of changes and one of his substitutes, Richard Mpong wrapped up the game for Ghana scoring from a long drive with only three minutes left on the clock.

Sunday’s game formed part of Ghana’s preparations for the game against England’s Under-18 team, the young Three Lions on November 20 at Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium.