The placidly humdrum performance of the Black Stars against Ethiopia in the opening round of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the Cape Coast stadium on Friday has given Ghanaians so much to talk about.

The Black Stars, a team that used to inspire confidence looked rather dull and ordinary to watch in both halves of the game and it had to take Mubarak Wakaso’s 35th minute deceiving effort from outside the box to gift the team the much needed points.

Despite dominating play in the first stanza, the Ethiopians made things quite difficult for the Black Stars in the third half of attack as they kept preventing their opponent from creating goalscoring opportunities.

With their game plan working to perfection, Mubarak Wakaso decided to try his luck from a distance which beat goalkeeper Teklemariam Shanko.

The second stanza, however, was a story of rare chances as the Black Stars held to their lead to go on top of the group on 3 points, two more than South Africa and Zimbabwe who drew goalless.

The Black Stars will travel to face the Bafana Bafana on Monday, September 06 in Johannesburg while Ethiopia entertains Zimbabwe in Bahir Dar.