Athletics News of Sunday, 30 June 2019
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has lamented that his team’s profligacy in front of purpose triggered them the opportunity of selecting a gain against Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt.
Appiah thinks his adult men did their finest in opposition to the defending Champions in a match that finished in a goaless attract on Saturday at the Ismailia Stadium.
It was the Black Stars’ next straight draw of the competitors subsequent their opening day 2-2 attract with Benin.
“It’s rather unfortunate that we couldn’t utilise our prospects, but individually, I was pleased with the way the boys played,” Appiah said at the submit-match press conference.
“Most African groups like to pack the middle of the park so it is not simple striving to perform through the center, so what we did was to test and participate in out extensive and deliver crosses in.
Appiah after againt was forced into creating a improve as Christian Atsu was brought off hurt on the quarter-hour mark, just the new castle fizzed an early energy just vast of the target.
Beneath rising pressure from Cameroon, the Black Stars twice experienced goalkeeper Richard Ofori to thank for denying each Clinton N’Jie and Christian Bassogog prior to the split.
Christian Bassogog experienced two of the very best opportunities to give Cameroon a victory that would have despatched it as a result of to the knockout rounds with a sport to spare and averted a demanding end but his shot just prior to was saved by Ofori, who leaped superior to his proper to continue to keep the ball out.
Ghana nevertheless arrived closest to snatching all three factors in the next 50 percent when Kwabena Owusu hit the bar after breaking from his have interception in the 88th minute, a functionality Appiah has hailed.
“Tactically the boys played the way I desired them to enjoy,” he mentioned.
“Our tactical system was to test and soak the force and perform on the counter-attack.
“We did our most effective and missed loads of chances and we ended up close to successful.”
4-time champions Ghana have won only a person of their past six Afcon game titles (two attracts and a few losses) soon after successful six of their past seven.
The end result implies the title holder continue to potential customers Team F, with Ghana in second position, but possibly could pass up out on qualifying for the last 16 if it slips up in the remaining spherical of games.
At this time 3rd on the team standings, the Black Stars have their jobs lower out in advance of their last recreation from Guinea-Bissau, as everything short of a earn could prompt an early exit from the competitiveness.