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Ghana settle for draw against Libya in Group C clash

Posted On Friday, 17th January 2014
Michael Akuffo in action for Black Stars

Michael Akuffo in action for Black Stars

Ghana remained in contention for qualification to the quarter-final of the African Nations Championship after drawing 1-1 with Libya on Friday in Mangaung.

Yahaya Mohammed opened the scoring with a sixth minute header after dominating play from the blast of the whistle.

Left-back Joshua Tijani whipped in a cross and Mohammed won the tussle with Abdelrahman Fetori to power in past Mohamed Fathi Abdaula, the Libya goalkeeper.

Ghana were on top by this time and the Mediterranean Knights were a shadow of the side which outclassed Ethiopia in the 2-0 win on Monday.

But goalkeeper Stephen Adams was a bit jittery between the sticks and on one occasion spilled a ball which was cleared out by his defenders.

Head coach Maxwell Konadu was forced to make an early substitution when lead attacker Sulley Mohammed limped off after he was tackled from behind.

Mohammed nearly doubled the lead midway through the first but the stretched left leg of goalkeeper Abdaula kept out his shot at goal.

The Asante Kotoko player controlled a long ball inside the area and dummied two defenders but his second attempt was blocked.

After the break, Libya put up a stirred up display and pressured the Ghanaians who committed a lot of mistakes at the back.

In the 52nd minute, Elmutasem Abushnaf put pressure on Sulley and headed past the on-rushing Adams but referee Jiyed said he impeded the centre-back.

Just after the hour mark, referee Redouane Jiyed from Morocco could not continue play and was replaced by the fourth referee from South Africa.

By this time, Libya were coming very, very close to grabbing the equalizer.

The North Africans attacked and dinged in a nice cross but the diving header failed to find the back of the net.

Two minutes later, defender Nuru Sulley caught his Libyan marker and dragged him into the box.

The referee whistled for an infringement and Faisal Mansour Ali converted penalty kick on goal.

Adams rose up to the occasion with a fine save to deny a free-kick from entering the net.

Both sides mounted a strong search for the winning goal but he the strikers lacked the cutting edge.

Libya will still remain on top of the Group with four points-just like Ghana-with superior goal difference.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Anokwale says:

    I would call it an A for the first half and then a C+ in the second half. They need to play the entire 90 minutes and they cannot just send long balls to Yahaya and hope for miracles. Not the best strategy. It leads to the infamous one goal project.

  2. OGYA says:

    Now we all know the freaking Ashanti Kotoko players and their coach are mediocre

    • askantwi says:

      Idiot. who caused the penalty for them to equalized? Is Nuru Sulley a Kotoko player? If it wasn’t you primitive hearts fans and players, Ghana would have won the match 1-0. Who won the man of the match? Yahaya Mohammed, Kotoko. Now is so apparent the coach shouldn’t have picked any hearts player at all. It would have done us good. It would have enhanced our chances of winning the whole tournament. The abominable hearts franchise and their primitive fans are a hindrance to progress of ghanaian society in general. Aboa funu.

  3. Maxwell Johsnson says:

    GOSH!! These players suck big time! It was a very boring game to watch, what a piss poor team. You see when some of us complain about the quality of the local league people think we’re just making noise, I couldn’t even single out one player that I can say deserves a BS call-up, none of them. Are these players the best that we have in the league? If so then God save us, disjointed play with no coordination whatsoever. They cant even string 3-4 pass together. The local league needs serious revamping, it lacks lotta quality.

  4. Desmond says:

    Someone to answer me this Question …WHy should we send Maxwell Konadu to Brazil as an assistant Coach when he is a qualified technician.
    Selection of players were bias from A to Z ..How no hearts of oak player in the squad…80 percent kotoko players…

    • Stranger Danger says:

      If you wanna be the best, you gotta have the best and use the best. Just because “80%” of the players were kotoko doesnt mean hes biased. This is not like the affirmative action we have here in the US, Hearts players need to earn the spot just like any other players if they wanna start. This whole crap about ‘omg there were no hearts players’ or ‘omg, this coach hates kotoko players’ needs to stop. its stupid. you all sound like children. put away the differences within the country and focus on the differences between countries and that will solve more problems than complaining and whining about unnecessary things.

  5. selfmade says:

    This site is shitty fuck now!!! Go back to mobile version n stop this full site shit!!

  6. Maxwell Johnson says:

    GOSH!! These players suck big time! It was a very boring game to watch, what a piss poor team. You see when some of us complain about the quality of the local league people think we’re just making noise, I couldn’t even single out one player that I can say deserves a BS call-up, none of them. Are these players the best that we have in the league? If so then God save us, disjointed play with no coordination whatsoever. They cant even string 3-4 pass together. The local league needs serious revamping, it lacks lotta quality.

  7. papa nkrumah says:

    I agree with Maxwell. It’s so sad and the worst is it appears we are the only side in the competition who cannot string together 3-4 passes or retain possession for even 30 seconds. Ei! Is this the future of our black stars? What at all do they for at training? Is it practising accurate shooting? Clean tackling? Passing? Heading? Or penalties? It’s difficult to unravel what our boys are really good at. Please Maxwell, let the boys play football.

    • anokwale says:

      To be frank, they did play well in the first half. The issue is that the local league simply is not that good. Luckily, most of the local leagues in Africa are a bit subpar so this is a tournament designed to develop subpar players. I still think the tournament is a good idea. Playing against other countries who you are not familiar with is a good idea in terms of building confidence. I think that Godfred Saka may be giving himself a chance to be part of the 2015 AFCON team.





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