Sporting activities News of Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Ghana’s Black Stars kicked off the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) marketing campaign with a disappointing 2-2 attract with Benin.
The Stars had been surprised early on as Benin scored first, their only objective of the sport, in the 2nd minute by means of Mickael Poté.
The Black Stars were being also compelled to enjoy the very last 35 minutes of the match with 10 guys right after defender John Boye picked up two yellow cards and was sent off.
Plans from Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew gave Ghana a slender direct at fifty percent-time but Poté stabbed home just after the Black Stars’ defence unsuccessful o deal with a established-piece
A defensive mixup allowed Poté to stroll via Ghana’s defence and slot earlier goalkeeper Richard Ofori.
Ghana had been shaken and the jitters at the back pretty much enable in Benin again but Lumor Agyenyenu stepped in to distinct.
It was all Ghana from that stage on in the initially 50 percent and they located the equaliser immediately after a time period of sustained stress.
Thomas Partey’s extended ball in the 9th minute observed Jordan Ayew in the box and inevitably located its way to Andre Ayew, who held off his marker and fired earlier the Benin keeper.
The Stars ended up in total handle of the sport at this level, passing the ball at will but distinct slash odds were difficult to occur by with Benin defending deep.
Ghana ended up then forced into a improve soon after winger Thomas Agyepong suffered a possible concussion, with Samuel Owusu changing him.
The modify did not have an affect on the Stars’ rhythm nonetheless as they scored two minutes later, Jordan Ayew turning brilliantly on to Partey’s defence-splitting move and firing past the keeper.
The Black Stars returned from the break in significant spirits, on the lookout to establish on a decent initially 50 % but individuals ideas were being thrown into the air when John Boye, who experienced been yellow-carded in the 1st 50 % was booked once more for time squandering.
This forced coach Kwesi Appiah to withdraw substitute Samuel Owusu for Jonathan Mensah.
Benin, buoyed by their 1-guy advantage, pushed extra guys forward and ended up rewarded as Poté turned in a cross immediately after Ghana unsuccessful to respond promptly to a limited corner.
Kwesi Appiah’s closing throw of the dice was to provide on Afriyie-Acquah for captain Andre Ayew with Asamoah Gyan remaining on the bench.