Mohammed Salisu scores as Ghana see off Switzerland in friendly ahead of World Cup
Ghana secured a 2-0 victory against Switzerland in their pre-World Cup friendly game in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
Salisu and Semenyo scored in the second half to ensure the West Africans head into the World Cup on a high note.
Ghana’s first chance came in the 7th minute, but debutant Afriyie Barnieh’s shot was not precise enough and was stopped by Yann Sommer in Switzerland’s goal.
The Black Stars came close again to breaking the deadlock in the 11th minute, but after a good team build-up, Andre Ayew was stopped by an offside flag.
Another chance for the former African champions came in the 42nd minute, but Salisu sent his shot wide as another precise goalscoring opportunity for the Black Stars went to waste.
At the hour mark, coach Otto Addo made changes; Semenyo, Kofi Kyereh, Kamal Sowah, and Kamaldeen Sulemana came on to replace Elisha Owusu, Barnieh, Williams, and Jordan Ayew.
Ghana finally broke the deadlock in the 69th minute when Salisu headed past Sommer to score his first goal for the Black Stars.
Otto Addo’s side scored the second in the 74th minute when Semenyo found the back of the net to register his first goal for his country.
Alidu Seidu would have scored the third, but Sommer was alert to thwart the danger and save Switzerland from an even bigger defeat.
The Black Stars will begin their World Cup group assignment with a match against Portugal on November 24.