The Black Meteors failed to beat Algeria at the Accra Sports Stadium in the first-leg tie of 2019 AFCON U23 Qualifiers as they shared the spoils in a 1-1 drawn game on Friday afternoon.
Adem Zorogane struck the opening goal for the Algerians in the 29th minute to silence the home fans. But Dauda Mohammed scored the equaliser for Ghana after Yaw Yeboah won a penalty.
The Celta de Vigo midfielder along with Trencin’s Osman Bukari were the Achilles hill of the Ghanaian side while Mollali Farid glittered for the visitors.
The first real chance of the game fell to the Fennec Foxes after Saadi Ismail waved his way through central midfield before releasing Adem Zorogane who was left in a 1v1 situation with the Ghana goalkeeper after outpacing Nicholas Opoku and the Ghana rearguard.
The few Ghanaian fans on attendance experienced a brief moment of nightmare. Zorogane went for placement instead of power and goalkeeper Kwame Baah had to stretch to his elastic limits to palm the ball away to keep the scoring still goalless.
Another chance fell to the green-jerseyed visitors in the 15th minute but Benehaa Zakaria wasted the chance again.
Meanwhile Majeed Ashimeru and Yaw Yeboah were the brightest spots as the duo glittered. Dauda Mohammed sparked hopes Ghana grabbing the opening goal when he squirmed and sharked off his markers to play through Osman Bukari whose cross created a moment of madness inside the Algerian area as the ball bounced off goalkeeper Bouhalfaya Zakaria and his defender but they were able to deal with the danger as the ball was cleared off.
Ghana’s brighter days were cut short as Adem Zorogane laced through the defensive with ease before darting an unstoppable strike home with goalkeeper Baah rooted to his spot.
Fortuna Dusseldorf attacker Bernard Tekpetey skipped his markers inside the box and was loading to pull his trigger when he was chopped down by the visitors defence. Ghana’s captain Yaw Yeboah elected himself to attempt to level things up for Ghana but he skied his kick to the horror of the home fans.
Lateral defender Gideon Mensah was next to offer Ghana hope of equalising but his well driven shot hit the iron pole as the visitors cleared the danger.
Ibrahim Tanko withdrew Bernard Tekpetey and Joseph Paintsil and introduced IK Start midfielder Isaac Twum and Russia-based Joel Fameyeh as Ghana sought to pull parity.
Yaw Yeboah showed good energy as he beat his markers – beating two players in the process before he was fouled inside the box. The referee pointed to the spot and Dauda Mohammed planted the ball firmly to the bottom left corner to level things up for Ghana.