A solitary strike from Mubarak Wakaso handed Ghana a 1-0 home victory over Ethiopia.
The two were battling in Group G game of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers at Cape Coast Stadium on Friday.
This win sends the Black Stars to the top of the table.
It came ahead of Monday’s matchday two showdown away against South Africa.
South Africa played out a 0-0 draw in the other group game.
Ghana coach CK Akonnor put faith in China-based Wakaso and Real Mallorca man Mohammed Iddrisu Baba.
The two marshaled the midfield in the absence of the first-choice pair of Arsenal’s Thomas Partey and Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus.
Crystal Palace’s Jeffrey Schlupp was deployed on the left-wing.
He shifted Stade Rennes youngster Kamaldeen Sulemana to the right.
Meanwhile, captain Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew led the attack in a front-two.
Ethiopia coach Wubetu Abate unsurprisingly named an all-home-based XI, led by striker and captain Getaneh Kabede.
Despite being ball-dominant from the get-go, it took 19 minutes for the Black Stars to create a clear scoring chance.
In the 35th minute, Ghana broke the deadlock thanks to Mubarak Wakaso.