Habib Mohammed earns draw for Ghana


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By Emmanuel Asante
Attakora, GNA

Accra,
Nov. 09, GNA – Kumasi Assnte Kotoko and Black Meteors central defender Habib
Mohammed was the victor for Ghana as his 87th minute goal earned
Ghana a point in the opening game of the Under-23 Confederation of African
Football (CAF) U23 tournament in Egypt.

With
a goalless draw first half, Ghana came into the second half with intentions of
getting a lead to cushion them ahead of their second Group A game agaisnt host
nation Egypt but Cameroonian forward Evina Franck’s well struck free kick in
the 59th minute left Ghana fighting for a draw to keep hopes alive
for the tournament, which serves as a qualifier for the 2020 Summer Olympics
Ganes in Tokyo Japan.

Ghana
came close to finding the equalizer after Kwabena Owusu received a pass inside
the box and curled it inches wide, with more pressure from Ghana as they looked
to get the needed equaliser and possibly a win to cushion them in their next
Group A match on Monday November 11, 2019 against Egypt who top Group A with
three points after beating Mali by 1:0 in the first Group A match.

The
Meteors kept probing and asking questions of the defense of Cameroon but to no
avail until the 87th minute, when Mohammed’s goal saved the day for
Ghana, leaving both coaches looking content with the draw, as Ghana’s Ibrahim
Tanko noted that the results was a fair one, which would propel his side to go
harder in their next match to keep their chances of grabbing a slot alive.

“It
is a fair results for both teams, now we would focus and prepare for our next
match against Egypt” he said.

The
tournament scheduled from November 8 – 22 would see the three finalist
representing Africa at the Summer Olympics Games, with Ghana bent on picking
one of the slots for the tournament they have failed to qualify for in the last
14 years.

GNA

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