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Posted: 15 January 2012 Time: 18:12

Ghana played out a 1-1 draw against a third string South Africa side at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in the first of two practice games ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Coach Goran Stevanovic put a week's work of training to practise before a small but noisy crowd and got a return that would have done little to convice the team's doubters that they have what it takes to win the Nations Cup title.

In what was a typical practice game, full of substitutions and players clearly with the thought of the real thing at the back of their mind more than anything, the Black Stars barely extended themselves.

But they were put on the back foot early when Adam Larsen Kwarasey, who has replaced Richard Kingson as the new first choice for Ghana, was caught out by a speculative shot from Thami Sangweni from 25 yards on six minutes.

It triggered Ghana into action with Jordan Ayew intensifying his direct runs at the Ghana defence, and Sulley Muntari putting in plenty of effort in his free role behind Ayew.

It was Muntari who drew Ghana level five minutes after the Bafana goal. Derek Boateng switched play beautifully to the right and Samuel Inkoom did the rest, crossing well for Muntari to head beyong Brillant Khuzwayo.

Khuzwayo was called into action late on in the half but this time he passed well. First he saved a point blank effort from Jordan Ayew from a corner kick, before tipping over Emmanuel Agyemang Badu's spectacular effort over.

Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic reduced the game to a dead rubber in the second half, effecting nine substitutions from the side that started. Only John Paintsil and Kwarasey survived from the starting line-up.

Tagoe had the ball at the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside by referee Daniel Bennet, to the disbelief of Ghana.

And while the Serbian will insist little can be read into the scoreline, there were vital clues about his preferred line up for the opening game at the tournament against Botswana.

Isaac Vorsah is suspended for that. In his place, John Boye paired with John Mensah in the central defensive slot. Derek Boateng and Emmanuel Agyemang Badu were handed the central midfield role while Samuel Inkoom started on the right side of midfield with Dede Ayew on the left.

Sulley Muntari is clearly preferred to Kwadwo Asamoah, despite the later being more active at club level, while Jordan Ayew's brilliant runs and tireless running in holding the line makes him an early favourite to lead the line should Asamoah Gyan fail to recover in time from his injury.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:31 pm
Hahahahahahahaha Bafunny bafunny.wait 24th ntate o bone.kwikwikwikwi.
posted: 06:33 pm
Once again,well done Bafana.Even though u didn't win ur efforts doesn't go unnoticed.
posted: 06:42 pm
Much better boys, given the fact that Pitso was forced to have a depleted squad.
posted: 06:50 pm
The "COMRADE" must leave!
posted: 06:55 pm
thanks bennet!
posted: 07:24 pm
This is a "good job" but not well done. Playing at home, you suppose to do well. I don't care what Bafana team play. We need to stop celebrating losses and draws. We only celebrate wins. The South African public need to be hardcore on our team. It's because we have a LOSER MENTALITY that we are not at the AFCON for twice in a row.
posted: 07:52 pm
For this team did well,looking at the fact that Pitso has only a week with this group.Under this circumstances even though English is not my 1st language when congratulating them u have to say well done.
posted: 08:03 pm
Until the sangoma is fully paid, nothing positive will come 4rm Bafana..... Anyway, gooluck 4 another draw in ur next game.
posted: 08:05 pm
Saying well done also does not mean ur celebrating & happy with the results but as I posted after the Zambia game this boys,some of them could have never played for Bafana if it was not of some teams playing Safa instead of releasing their players.

How do u encourage them for the future.I bet u,even if they have won there will still be negative comments.
posted: 08:12 pm
Pitso failed to qualify us with his regular tried and tested so big up to all the players that represented the nation for the past 2 games(pitso please build from these players)no one should be guaranteed his place
posted: 08:15 pm
Are the scores counted when Bafana are practising on their own?
posted: 08:16 pm
My only worry abt Bafana is that this 3 games could have been an opportunity for the team if the coach was gonna stick with this players.

But obviously that's not the case & how a good opportunity missed to have polished the play with undoubtedly good opponents?

Zambia & Ghana used their strongest possible squads,which is sometimes not a case when is Fifa calender & Bafana will play B-teams as some players don't want to travel to Southern Africa from Europe.Opportunity missed.
posted: 08:44 pm
Can someone 4rm SAFA pls remind de organisation about de Sangoma's balance. win...!!! Eeish...Pitso & Nemathandani...I might vommit anytime 4rm now. Guys pls LEAVE, you've FAILED de nation...Aaagaaahhh man...!!!
posted: 08:49 pm
I see that a lot of people are taking Botswana for granted but believe you me,that team is going to surprise a lot of people and I watched them play Nigeria and to me they are highly disciplined and united team and teams like this often come victorious in big tournaments.
posted: 09:03 pm
It was only a practice need to panic.
posted: 09:14 pm
Hooray oh! i forgot its only a practise match with no caps no effect on fifa rankings.
posted: 09:17 pm
SAFA and SABC Must jus Fokofo please...
k naaba
posted: 09:21 pm
What a sham of a refree! Tagoes goal wasn't even close to offside. He should have said there was an infringement on the goalkeeper (That would have been a better excuse for disallowing such clean goal).
But anyway Bafana were impressive considering their circumstances.
k naaba
posted: 09:22 pm
What a sham of a refree! Tagoes goal wasn't even close to offside. He should have said there was an infringement on the goalkeeper (That would have been a better excuse for disallowing such clean goal).
But anyway Bafana were impressive considering their circumstances.
posted: 09:52 pm
We are living in a country where mediocrity is highly regarded since it takes precedence of quality. What informs the match being reduced to a practice match? If the answer is that because OPFC, Flops and Arrows withdrew their players...then does it mean that no any other player from any other team can replace them for game to remain a cap? What message is being sent to other players? Is it that if certain players from certain players get withdrawn from BB the match is reduced to a practice which simply imply that those selected don't deserve to receive caps?

As for SABC...the less said the better.
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