The national deaf football team, Black Wonders started their campaign at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) football championships in Togo in deadly fashion, registering an overwhelming 9-0 victory over Benin in their group B opener on Sunday.
Directed from the touchline by Coach Winfred Chartey Annan, the Black Wonders was in full control from the blast of the first whistle, banging in five goals before the interval.
Attackers Eric Nyame and Nana Egyir registered the first hat-tricks of the championship with Richard Abeka Koomson, Joseph Ghansah and Gayheart Clayman also scoring a goal each.
The Beninois resistance was broken in the 20th minute mark from the spot as Koomson buried that opportunity after a Ghanaian attacker had been fouled in the goal area.
Nana Egyir registered the first of his hat-trick 10 minutes later and added the second three minutes later with a splendid performance.
Eric Nyame also scored the first two goals of his hat-trick in the 37th and 44th minutes to move the game beyond the reach of the Beninois to end the half.
On resumption of the second half, Ghana extended the lead through Joseph Ghansah in the 58th minute and Gayheart Clayman adding his name to the scorers with a 68th minute goal.
Nyame and Egyir respectively completed their hat-tricks with goals in the 78th and 83rd minutes for the Black Wonders.
Head Coach, Chartey Annan has since commended the players for the performance exhibited against the Beninois but has cautioned against complacency as they face Nigeria today.
He told the Times Sports it will be a difficult task considering the rivalry between the two countries but was confident his side would emerge victorious.
“I have confidence in my boys; they have what it takes to beat the Nigerians. We have psyched them up to beat the Nigerians to have a chance to progress to the semi final stages of the championship.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mahama Johnson, President of the Ghana Deaf Football Association (GDFA) has assured that the team would win the ECOWAS championship for the third time this year.
Ghana has won it on two occasions and is seeking to win it for the third time.
“The boys are ready for this challenge and management has put in place structures to help them achieve this dream. We will overcome the Nigerians to top the group and get a favourable draw at the next level and hope to get to the finals.”
In other matches, Mali thrashed host nation Togo 3-0 with Mamoudou Coulibally and Mousa D. Keita (brace) on the score sheet.
Togo again lost 0-2 to Burkina Faso.
BY ANDREW NORTEY