Dauda Mohammed’s 62nd minute penalty earned the Black Meteors a much needed draw against ‘Le Verts’ of Algeria in their Tokyo 2020 Olympic game qualifier.
The Black Meteors endured a difficult afternoon after failing to get a win over their Algerian counterparts in the first leg of the qualifier.
The preparation of the Algerians was the exact opposite as the young foxes had been in camp for about 5 weeks prior to the encounter.
Ghana were without topscorer in qualifiers, Kwabena Owusu and defender Nuhu Musah, who was replaced by Nicholas Opoku in defence.The game started with the black Meteors in full control, enjoying the upper share of possession in the first 15 minutes.
However, the best chance of the half fell to the Algerians but goalkeeper Kwame Baah was on hand to make a good save and deny the young foxes.
Majid Ashimeru had been a player noted to make an impact in the game by many and he was seeing much of the ball in the first half.
Playing in a deep role in midfield, Ashimeru struggled to impact the game as he look burdened with both defensive and attacking duties.This hurt the transition play of the Meteors as they struggled to open up the Algerian defence who had been very compact.
The plan for the Algerians was to sit back and catch the Meteors on the counter and it was working. In the 31st minute, the Algerians broke through and striker Zorqane Adem shot from close range to put them ahead.
The Algerians had an opportunity to double their lead but Farid’s freekick was saved by Baah.Shortly after, Ghana had a penalty after Dauda Mohammed was brought down in the box.
Captain Yaw Yeboah stepped up but blazed the spot kick over the bar. At half time, it was 1-0 against the Stars.
Two changes were made at the break with Isaac Twum and Joel Fameyeh comng on for Bernard Tekpetey and Joseph Pantsil.
Isaac Twum’s presence was immediately felt as the Meteors began to control the midfield.
In search of the equaliser, the Meteors pushed hard and won another penalty after Yaw Yeboah was brought down in the box. This time, Dauda Mohammed stepped u and duly slotted home the penalty.
The Meteors then pushed hard for a winner but it wasn’t to be as the Meteors have it a to do in Algeria on Tuesday.