Ghana manager Milovan Rajevac has admitted his team had issues during their win against Zimbabwe at the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Saturday at the Cape Coast sports stadium.
The Black Stars dominated the first period and took the lead with one goal, thanks to the goal of Mohammed Kudus well-placed shot.
However, the Zimbabweans made a strong comeback in the second half, and that led to them securing a draw in the opening minutes after their Captain Knowledge Musona’s put their penalty in to the net.
The opposition were in danger of gain the lead, but failed to score when they struck the post. Rajevac then modified his strategy.
The club brought in Baba Iddrisu so Thomas Partey could attack more often and was able to move Andre Ayew from central midfield to the right-hand part of the attack.
The change worked, and Partey and Ayew both scored goals to seal the crucial 3-1 win for Ghana.
“All in all, it was a good game after the result we had. We started the game well but later in the match we had some problems especially in the second half, and we conceded a goal, but I managed to identify some of the problems and to make the right substitution, so we came back and won.
We were lucky at some moments of the match, but the most important for us is that we got three points and our hard work has paid off,” Milovan Rajevac told reporters after the game.
He added; “We faced some difficulties in the start of the second half especially our first block couldn’t do their task very well and there was a lot of pressure especially with the king balls on our defence, so it was important to make a decision to introduce Baba Iddrisu especially because of the second balls, so it was important to improve that area.
“It was a tactical decision, and it proved a very good decision for us and affected the team in a right way, so I’m this situation you have to be able to see and identify problems and make right decisions. I think all of them did well and definitely at one point it was difficult to keep up with the rhythm, but we eventually managed to overcome these problems and to come back and score another two goals and win this game.”
The Black Stars of Ghana and Zimbabwe will face off again on Tuesday, October 12, in Harare.