Daniel Lomotey led the attack for the Black Satellites in the absence of injured Umar Basit in the team’s opening match against Burkina Faso.
The WAFA attacker came to the party by grabbing two goals in each half to win maximum points for Ghana.
Ghana had a bright start seeing much of the ball in the opening 5minutes however Burkina Faso midfielder Salifou Diarrasssouba got the first shot on target after 6minutes when his effort was saved by Ghana goalkeeper Nureeden Manaf.
Daniel Lomotey nearly gave Ghana an early lead after his connection missed the post following a decent cross from Sadiq Ibrahim.
Mohammed Kudus short in the 8th minute was timely saved by Burkina Faso goalkeeper Mohamed Zegue Traore after good exchange of passes on the edge of the box.
Ghana looked the livelier side switching play to the flanks to cause problems to their opponents. Kudus Mohammed’s excellent run through the Burkinabe defense almost caused a havoc for the opponents but his final delivery to Sadiq Ibrahim was too strong for the latter.
Burkina Faso striker Djibril Cheick Ouattara could have punished the Black Satellites in the 20th minute after pouncing on a casual clearance from Ghana’s Muntari Kamaheni. Enoch Attah’s Agyei was unlucky to find the back of the net after his long range effort missed the post narrowly in the 31st minute.
Elliass Dianda of Burkina Faso had a good sight at goal in the 37th minute after unleashing a wonderful half volley which missed the goal by inches.
Ghana finally capped their tireless effort with a goal in the 41st minute when striker Daniel Lomotey outmuscled his opponents and looped the ball over Burkina Faso goalkeeper Mohamed Zegue Traore, with the ball coming off the cross bar before crossing the line even after defender Pierre Landry Kabore had tried to clear the ball on the line.
Ghana would however go into the break with an advantage after Salifou Diarrasssouba failed to capitalize on a free kick at a good position.
Maxwell Arthur’s teasing cross nearly beat goalkeeper Mohamed Zegue Traore but he would be covered by his defenders.
Substitute Hugo Passega made a positive impression by causing few problems to the Ghanaian defense with his pace.
Sabit Abdulai’s audacious strike was comfortably saved by goalkeeper Mohamed Zegue Traore who had been the busiest among the two goalkeepers. Yael Kiswendsida Cyril Tiendrebeogo nearly caught goalkeeper Nurudeen Manaf off his line after sending in long kick which nearly beat the Ghanaian glovesman. Sabit Abdulai once again was left cursing his stars when his header missed the post in the 60th minute after a well-delivered corner kick by Emmanuel Kumah.
Burkina Faso looked to have lifted their game in the second half testing Ghana on a couple of occasions with Djibril Cheick Ouattara’s volley in the 62nd minute hitting the side net.
Coach Jimmy Cobblah however brought on playmaker Emmanuel Toku for Sadiq Ibrahim in the 65th minute. The introduction of the Cheeter FC forward looked to have sparked some life into the Ghanaian attack.
Nurudeen Manaf came to the rescue of Ghana when he had a full stretch to punch away Gilbert Kone’s header.
A sleeping Burkina Faso defense saw Daniel Lomotey getting his second on the day with a similar goal just as the first as he looped the ball over goalkeeper Mohamed Zegue Traore from close range.
Prosper Ahiabu and Michael Baidoo came on to replace Kudus Mohammed and Emmanuel Kumah respectively.
Djibril Cheick Ouattara was denied by goalkeeper Nurudeen Manaf’s fingertip save in the 84th minute.
Burkina Faso came out the better side in the latter part of the game as they threatened the goal area of the Black Satellites but would be stopped by a solid center-back pair of Ishahaku Konda and Gideon Mensah.
Ghana will next take on Senegal in the next Group match on Wednesday.
By Frank Darkwah