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Ghana U20 draw 0-0 with Gabon in final African Youth Championship qualifier

Published on: 17 August 2014

Ghana’s U20 team failed to make their chances count as they were held to goalless draw game by Gabon in the first leg of the ultimate 2015 African Youth Championships qualifier in Accra.

The Black Satellites in the end desperately lacked the cutting edge required to put away most of the chances they created especially in the first half.

Both sides showed serious intent to score with two corner kicks going either ways within the first four minutes.

The Black Satellites were presented with a good chance after Samuel Tetteh cut back from the flanks to lay the ball on the plate for the on-rushing Prosper Kasim.

The Inter Allies man shot however lacked the needed punch to beat goalkeeper Menene Mekosso.

Samuel Tetteh who had been lively on the right flanked was unlucky to have hit the side-netting after skillfully scaling his man in the 12th minute.

Gabon got a sniff at goal after 27 minutes when Obiang Junior struck one from deep but didn't trouble goalkeeper Mutawakilu Seidu in the Ghana post.

Samuel Afful was presented with the game's best chance a minute later but the Hasaacas forward's chest control was too heavy as the ball veered away from him into the waiting arms of goalkeeper Menene before he could make the vital touch.

Captain Owusu Bempah then followed up with a free kick moments later but his shot was always rising.

Thomas Agyepong then rattled the cross bar off a sweetly hit free kick in the 32nd minute.

Lessa Locko's intended cross seven minutes later almost caught goalkeeper Mutawakilu Seidu off-guard but the Asante Kotoko youngster was alert to punch clear.

Locko returned two minutes later to threaten the Ghanaian defense two minutes later as he was allowed to run into the box and take a shot but again Seidu was alert to thwart the effort.

Ghana had the final say in the first half as Owusu Bempah's goal-bound free kick was parried away and gathered on the second attempt by Menene.

The Black Satellites should have taken the lead at the restart after Prosper Kasim was played clean through on goal.

Indecision on the part of the striker however saw him chip the ball wide before the on-rushing Menene.

Substitute Kennedy Boateng came close to scoring in the 54th minute but his rebounded strike lacked the power and direction to trouble the Gabon defence.

Eric Kumi who has come on for Thomas Agyepong could have done better with his half volley in the 62nd minute. His shot went disappointingly high and wide.

Yaw Yeboah then picked the wrong pass after he surprisingly found himself in some space within the edge of the Gabonese penalty box.

His intended cut-back could only find an opponent much to the dismay of the expectant home fans.

The Gabon players didn’t is any opportunity to chew away precious seconds off the clock as they stayed on the turf whenever they were engaged in a tackle.’

Eric Kumi then failed to hit the target with a drive off his chest just outside the Gabon penalty area.

The Ghanaian fans were increasingly getting anxious with 10 minutes left to play.

The desperate Black Satellites however struggled to create any clear cut opportunities with most of their vital passes going astray.

Sellas Tetteh must now pick his team up from thus disappointing result ahead of the return encounter in a fortnight expected to be played in Libreville.


This article has 15 comment(s), give your comment
  • Tk says:
    August 17, 2014 09:52 pm
    Ghana waatete (fonkong).
  • fish says:
    August 17, 2014 08:25 pm
    Who is using my moniker?
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    August 17, 2014 08:51 pm
    Half time.....Nigeria 2-0 NEW ZEALAND
  • selfmade says:
    August 17, 2014 08:52 pm
    Ghana ll still qualify!! We beat them at their back yard! With that said, WHERE ARE SILAS TETTEH APOLOGIST'S?
  • john says:
    August 17, 2014 07:41 pm
    So we Zambians won away and you were discrediting us on zamfoot you cant even win at home shame on you.
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    August 17, 2014 07:15 pm
    Fish apuuuuuuuuuuuuuutor..... Is NEW ZEALAND a footballing nation????? NO Is NIGERIA a footballing nation????? YES.... We will break no sweat against NEW ZEALAND koraa cos dem non go reach us beat wai.... If there is any country that can defeat da falconets in this tourney, that country is GERMANY....
  • fish says:
    August 17, 2014 07:09 pm
    NONI,The falconets will lose against New zealand today.Mark my words.
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    August 17, 2014 06:32 pm
    Hahaahahahahah.... GHANA qualifies and i NONI will walk naked for two weeks... Well done GABON.......
  • rasab says:
    August 17, 2014 06:34 pm
    RALLY HIGH U20,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, , ...............................
  • fish says:
    August 17, 2014 05:41 pm
    Things fall apart,the center cannot hold,mere anarchy loose upon Ghana.That is the sad story of corrupt GFA and our poor national teams.
  • theobank says:
    August 18, 2014 02:51 am
    We ll win in Uganda!
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    August 18, 2014 05:53 am
    Full time..... NIGERIA 4-0 NEW ZEALAND..... Fish koraa whats your assessment?
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    August 18, 2014 05:54 am
  • Mumbi says:
    August 18, 2014 06:37 am
    Ghana won't qualify. MRI has already knocked them out. The only sad thing is that CAF has allowed Ghana to mingle with humans and spread Ebola.
  • fish says:
    August 18, 2014 06:51 am
    Mumbi is suffering Ebola.