Black Meteors

AFCON U23 Qualifier: Algeria Hold Ghana 1-1 In Accra

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The Fennec Foxes of Algeria left the Accra sports stadium shoulder-high after drawing 1-1 with the Black Meteors of Ghana in the first leg of the AFCON U23 Qualifierplayed on Friday.

Coach Ibrahim Tanko’s men started the game on front foot with Yaw Yeboah, Bernard Tekperty and Dauda Mohammed creating some chances in the opening minutes, but missed the few chances the managed to create.

Playing with so much confidence, the Algerians took control of the game. Their first real chance came in the 15th minute when Benehaa Zakaria ghost past tall defender Nicholas Opoku, and unleashed a shot to the right side of the goal which Ghana goalkeeper Kwame Baah dived to push it over the line for a corner.

The Algerians were gradually warming themselves into the game and Saadi Ismail nearly silenced the home side in the 18th minute after beating the offside trap but his shot missed the goal by inches, with Ghana goalkeeper Baah chasing shadows.

Ghana won a penalty minutes later after Bernard Tekpetey was fouled in the box after skipping his markers.

The Fortuna Dusseldorf striker elected himself to play but his captain, Yaw Yeboah coax him into allowing him to take the kick.

That decision didn’t go well for him as Yeboah skied¬† the ball way over the bar, much to the surprise of the fans who had cheered the referee’s penalty decision with glee earlier.

That penalty miss would, however, come back to haunt the Ghanaians as Algeria silenced the home fans with the opener in the 29th minute through Adem Zorgane as he laced through the Ghana defense with ease before darting an unstoppable strike home with goalkeeper Baah rooted to his spot.

1-0 was how the first half ended. Back from recess and Ghana will make two quick substitutions as Ibrahim Tanko withdrew Bernard Tekpetey and Joseph Paintsil and introduced midfielder Isaac Twum and Joel Fameyeh.

Ghana captain Yaw Yeboah was involved in his side’s equalizer as he was fouled in the box but this time Dauda Mohammed stepped up to play and he sent goalkeeper, Zakaria Boauhalfaya the wrong way.

Both teams did not take their foot off the pedal as they went in search of the winner, especially Ghana, but in the end, they settled for the draw with the Algerians the happier of the two.

About Samuel A. Boakye-Buckman

Samuel A. Boakye-Buckman (popularly known as Dada Oliseh) is a self-motivated young journalist with a passion for telling stories better with pictures. He is the founder, owner, editor and bankroller of www.ghanasoccernews.com. He has a vast experience in the reporting of football-related activities in Ghana and beyond. A former employee of Hearts News (official mouthpiece of Accra Hearts of Oak), 90 minutes sports paper, National Sports Authority, Footballcrusader.com, sportscrusader.com, and ghanafootballnews.com, Samuel is one of the few energetic and self-motivated young journalist in Ghana with a large following on social media, especially Facebook (https://web.facebook.com/boakye.buckman.9). He is well known for his frequent updates from all over the country with pictures to match. He is also a correspondent for a few international websites, including CAF. In recent times, he has introduced, as part of his many talents, the live streaming of matches and football related activities. He lives in Accra Ghana.

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