Ghana’s Black Stars suffered a painful 1-0 loss to the Atlas Lions of Morocco in a FIFA international friendly duel in Rabat on Tuesday evening.
Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech stepped out of the dugout on the 68th minute mark to dart in a free-kick from 30 yards which Abalora fumbled and allowed Real Valladolid defender Jawad El Yamiq to finish home for the game’s only goal in the 69th minute.
Despite the loss it was a game that Ghana coach Charles Akonnor must feel proud about his side’s attitude and commitment to deliver. It was an all-round performance from the four-time African champions who are rebuilding and gearing up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers as well as the 2020 AFCON in Cameroon.
With Swiss-based Lawrence Ati-Zigi available Akonnor decided to keep faith in the Asante Kotoko goalkeeper and handed him the nod to stay in between the sticks. Portugal-based Gideon Mensah, Nicholas Opoku, Andy Yiadom and Daniel Amartey were all part of crusting defensive lines that marshalled the strength to contain the ambush of the Lions throughout the game until El Yamiq finished off the job for the Lions.
Once again it was another evening of testament for Ajax Amsterdam star Kudus Mohammed who advertised his quality with breathtaking skill and silky movement in a free role. Debutante Joel Fameyeh worked tirelessly for the colleagues in the attacking trident until he subbed off with 10 minutes left on the clock. Andre Ayew, who took the place of the Orenburg forward, was expected to conjure magic for the West Africans with the clock ticking but the defensive shield of the Moroccans wouldn’t allow in a goal though a last-minute pressure from Jordan Ayew on the right nearly resulted in an own-goal by El Yamiq.
Real Mallorca’s Baba Iddrisu announced his return into the Black Stars midfielder with a stellar display as he battled the Moroccans boot-for-boot in an all-running encounter.
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