Black Stars – Bafana Bafana Afcon 2019 friendly ends in stalemate

Andre Ayew's side shared the spoils with the Bafana Bafana

A warm up game between the Black Stars and Bafana Bafana of South Africa in UAE at the Police Academy Park on Saturday ended goalless.

Ghana failed to take full advantage of their total dominance in the first half, prompting coach Kwesi Appiah to introduce three players into the game at the interval.

Samuel Owusu, Mubarak Wakaso and Kwabena Owusu replaced Christian Atsu, Kwadwo Asamoah and Thomas Agyapong.

Owusu who looked sharp and up for it after coming off the bench saw his beautiful and wonderful strike tipped against the goalpost by the brilliant Bafana Bafana goalkeeper.

Few minutes after Owusu’s strike, Jordan Ayew nearly grabbed the opener for the four-time African champions with a beauty of a strike only to see his effort saved by the  South African shot-stopper.

Afriyie Acquah and Caleb Ekuban were sent on to replace Andre Ayew and Atletico Madrid star midfielder Thomas Partey after the experienced pair failed to make any incursion attacking-wise in the second half of the game.

With a few minutes left to play, coach Appiah in search of a victory threw his last dice by bringing on striker Asamoah Gyan for Jordan Ayew, while the other substitutions saw John Boye and Lumor Agbeyenu making way for experienced defender Jonathan Mensah and promising Left back Baba Raman respectively.

The General captain of the side, Gyan, late in the game after the water break due to the excessive hot weather conditions in Dubai struck the crossbar with a thunderbolt header.

The thrilling game ended goalless after 90 minutes of beautiful and dominant display by the West Africans against their South African opponents in the hot sun at the Police Academy Park in Jalal, Dubai.

By Delrand Ansah Mensah Whyte (Skipper) for Daily Mail GH

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