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Sports News of Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Source: Ghana FA Media

Black Stars win two friendly matches

Striker Jordan Ayew scored twice as the Black Stars thumped second tier side Asokwa Deportivo 4-0 in a friendly in Kumasi on Tuesday.

Captain Sulley Muntari bossed the midfield as the Black Stars prepared for Friday's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Lesotho.

The AC Milan midfielder fired the Black Stars into the lead with a pile driver from 25 yards after turning his marker inside out.

Ayew doubled the Black Stars' lead by converting a penalty after striker Dominic Adiyiah was brought down in the box.

Adiyiah made it 3-0 with a simple tap-in after Samuel Inkoom did the hard work on the right and fired but the goalkeeper failed to hold at the first attempt on the soggy pitch.

Ayew completed the rout after controlling Muntari's long-range pass before angling in the ball from the edge of the box.

It was their second trial match of the day after beating State Envoys 3-0 earlier in the day.

*Starting Line-up:*

Adam Kwarasey, Samuel Inkoom, Richard Kissi, John Boye, Jerry Akaminko, Derek Boateng, Jordan Ayew, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Dominic Adiyiah, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari.

*Black Stars defeat Envoys in friendly*

The Black Stars defeated third tier club State Envoys 3-0 in a friendly in Kumasi on Tuesday.

The four-time African champions used the match as a warm-up for Friday's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Lesotho.

Portugal-based youngster Christian Atsu put the Black Stars in front after outwitting his two markers.

Defender Isaac Vorsah made it 2-0 when he headed in a cross from the right before Emmanuel Clottey wrapped up the victory after a goalmouth scramble.

Ghana will play Lesotho in their opening match for the 2014 World Cup to be played in Brazil.

*Starting Line-up:*

Daniel Agyei, Daniel Opare, Lee Addy, Daniel Addo, Isaac Vorsah/ Harrison Afful, Anthony Annan, Christian Atsu, Mohammed Rabiu, Ben Acheampong, Emmanuel Clottey, Richard Mpong.