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African Nations Championship Chan Group C match report Ghana edge Congo

Posted: 13 January 2014 Time: 18:51

Ghana started their 2014 African Nations Championship campaign with a 1-0 win over tournament debutants Congo at Free State Stadium on Monday.

The Black Stars prevailed courtesy of Man of the Match Theophilus Anobaah's 35th minute deflected strike. 

Both sides began proceedings with youthful strikers, with 18-year old Sulley Mohammed starting up front for Ghana and 17-year old Red Devils starlet Bersyl Ngatsongo Obassi spearheading Congo’s attack.

From the onset it seemed as if the small crowd were in for an exciting encounter as both teams pushed forward in search of the opener.

Ngatsongo’s beaming effort in the fourth minute went narrowly wide of Stephen Adams right hand post. 

Yahaya Mohammed and Nuru Sulley then went close for the Black Stars in quick succession. 

First Congo shot-stopper Gildas Mouyaki made a good stop to keep out Mohammed’s powerful effort before Sulley’s scuffed shot from close range bounced just wide of the upright. 

Ghana though broke the deadlock just psat the half-hour mark through Anobaah. The midfielder's tame effort hit Congo captain Kevine Andzouana before looping over the helpless Mouyaki and into the net. 

The Red Devils pressed forward in search of the equaliser before the break and came very close to doing so in quick succession. 

First Lorry Nkolo struck the post from point blank range before Boris Ngounga failed to hit the target with an open goal at his mercy.

In contrast to the first stanza, the second half got off to sluggish start with both teams surrendering possession frequently.

When there was an attempt at goal it was weak or horribly miscued.

Congo desperately went in search of the equaliser in the dying moments but were unable to break down an organised Ghanaian outfit.

Livefyre comments on this story...

Proudly Ethiopian
posted: 2014-01-13 16:55:24

Up Black Stars,Up Ethiopia

New age blogger
posted: 2014-01-13 17:13:08

Other countries be playing with 17yr olds and thina with abo Shabba and Nthethe 

mzenge
posted: 2014-01-13 17:16:55

average performance...lucky goal.

bafana & kaizer chiefs addict
posted: 2014-01-13 17:22:05

this is not under 20,23 or under 17 championship go and hung

bafana & kaizer chiefs addict
posted: 2014-01-13 17:25:07

@KeoManeezyJay unfortunately this tournament is for the senior teams,bring those under 20s and they will lose all their games then you will start complaining ..

Cleverboys
posted: 2014-01-13 19:43:42

@KeoManeezyJay  You need to differentiate between junior  and senior teams. CHAN is for players  who currently play in local leagues

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