Ghana displayed a lackluster performance against Mali’s Eagles in Antalya on Friday evening. Charles Akonnor handed debuts to Tariqe Fosu, Eugene Ansah and Alexander Djiku.
But it was only Tariqe Fosu who impressed on the evening.
Lawrence Ati-Zigi – 5
With first choice Richard Ofori unavailable this was a big moment for Ati-Zigi to make for the No.1 slot. He let himself and his country down as he put in a shaky performance.
Tariqe Fosu – 6
Highly mobile and involved in the early exchanges of the game. One of the most efficient Ghanaian players on the pitch.
Gideon Mensah – 4.5
Gave the ball away in the early moments of the game. He was exposed by Stade Rennes defender Hamari Traore vales as he was left flat-footed right as the Black Stars conceded the first goal of the game in the early embers of the game. His side of the defence was once again used to exploit space for the second goal. His evening ended on the 70th minute mark by Caleb Ekuban.
Nicholas Opoku – 6.5
The Amiens defender provided steel and cover in a solid first half display. Workaholic at the back and showed a lot of maturity and quality at the back. He picked an injury and was replaced in the 65th minute Celta de Vigo’s Joseph Aidoo due to injury.
Kasim Nuhu – 5
The Hoffenheim defender failed to conduct his duties when Gideon Mensah was beaten to his pace by Hamari Traore. He was exposed often times but Nicholas Opoku was covered up the lapses. He couldn’t close down El Bilal Touré as the Stade de Reims forward thundered home a header for the second goalkeeper.
Alexander Djiku – 5.5
The Strasbourg man was deployed in a defensive midfield role and he did a few interceptions but failed as a whole in his bid to stop the Malians from operating through the middle.
Thomas Partey – 6
Failed to impose himself on the game in the opening 45 minutes. He was virtually absent on the day except an 84th minute shot that sailed across the face of goal.
Bernard Mensah – 5.5
He failed to close down his Malian marker as the Eagles took advantage to send the ball through to beat Gideon Mensah to score the opener. Won a free kick at a crucial position on the 16th minute as his lust to burst forward caused mild problems for the Malians. He was replaced at half-time by Emmanuel Lomotey.
Eugene Ansah – 4
Lackluster display from the Israeli based forward. He withdrawn before half-time and replaced with Nordsjaelland’s Kamaldeen Suleyman.
Andre Ayew – 4.5
He was often dispossessed off the ball and he gave the ball away in a dangerous position on the 18th minute but Nicholas Opoku covered up for the error.
Jordan Ayew – 4.5
Took charge of taking set pieces and corner kicks whenever they fell to the Black Stars. He failed to produce any real threat in attack throughout the period he lasted on the pitch.