Winger Edwin Gyasi cancelled out Mohamed Fathalah’s opening goal for Egypt in the final FIFA World Cup qualifier played at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday.
Fathalah, who was making a return to the Pharaoh’s after three years marked his come-back on a good note by striking against the Black Stars in the 61st minute.
The Saudi-based attacker received a pass from the right and shot on a quick turn as Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori failed to get a hand on the ball.
Egypt’s celebration will be cut short after Sweden-based Edwin Gyasi who was only making his second appearance for the Black Stars struck from 20 yards which took a deflection to put the host level.
According to Kwesi Appiah, he was confident his side would equalizer despite falling behind midway in the second half.
“We dominated the possession during the game and I was confident of my players’ abilities to score the equalizer; with the fans’ support and pressure on the Egyptian players, it happened.”
He added, ” I knew I was going to play today’s match with new players. Only three or four players were added to the formation. We are confident of this team and we knew that today’s match was not going to be easy.”
The Black Stars after failing to make it to the World Cup are now bent on qualifying for the 2019 Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
By Frank Darkwah