Ghana played out an entertaining 2-2 with DR Congo in Port Elizabeth on Sunday in their Group B 2013 African Cup of Nations opener.
The Black Stars allowed a winning position to slip by after taking a 2-0 lead before the 50th minute mark.
But a second half charge from the Leopards handed Claude Le Roy’s troops a share of the spoils thanks to goals from captain Tresor Mputu Mabi and Dieumerci Mbokani.
It was Ghana who made the first move of the match when Christian Atsu’s incisive cross was cleared by Larrys Mabiala for a corner-kick but the Congelese managed to deal with it.
At the other end, midfielder Derek Boateng put a nice intervention to deny Mputu Mabu who was on the break.
DR Congo fired the first warning shot when experienced striker Lomana Lualua smashed the woodwork after Mputu’s excellent rucfrom the right.
Mputu missed the match’s first real chance when the TP Mazembe star shockingly shot wide after being teed up from 12 yards inside the box by striker Mbokani.
Ghana responded seven minutes later with a goal threatening strike from 20-yards courtesy of Albert Adomah, but that went off target.
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan was put through on a one-on-one situation but disappointingly shot wide on the half hour mark.
But there was joy nine minutes later when Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu opened the scoring which happened to be the tournament’s first goal.
Ghana went into the break with the 1-0 lead despite chasing shadows.
Juventus star Kwadwo Asamoah grabbed the second for Ghana four minutes after the break when he headed in from a corner-kick which rattled the inside of the crossbar, 2-0.
Captain Mputu pulled one back by finishing off a nice move which carved the Ghana defence open in the 53rd minute, 2-1.
Debutant Akaminko pulled the shirt of striker striker Mbokani inside the box and the Anderlecht danger man converted from the penalty spot to draw the Leopards level on 68 minutes, 2-2.
A great save from Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda to deny Yousuf Mulumbu the third goal after a brilliant move from the wings kept the scores level.
DR Congo keeper Kidibia twice had to deny Gyan by parrying away his efforts.
Ghana’s next game is against Mali at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Thursday while DR Congo entertain Niger.
Ghana line up: Fatau Dauda, ohn Pantsil, Jerry Akaminko, John Boye, Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Derek Boateng/Anthony Annan, Albert Adomah/Harrison Afful, Christian Atsu/Mohammed Rabiu, Mubarak Wakaso, Asamoah Gyan.
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