Ghana 2 – Guinee 1 : host nation’s big scare

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Ghana got a big scare in the opening match of the African Cup of Nations, this Sunday, against the Guinea National Team, Syli National. Solid and dominant, the black Stars had a tough time scoring and had to wait until the 90th minute to take home the day’s victory.

The first goal of the tournament was a penalty from the Ghanaian striker Gyan Asamoah in the 54th minute, against Guinea, who were beaten by 2 goals to 1.

The Black Stars had many opportunities to score, the first by striker, Agogo, in the 19th minute followed by a second from Essien in the 27th minute, which hit the left side of the goal post guarded by Kemoko Camara, goal keeper of Syli National. Before the end of the first half, the leg works of Asamoah and Mensah were met with a similar misfortune.

Although highly dominated by the Black stars, Feindouno’s men succeeded in keeping their pride intact until Agogo’s intervention got his team a penalty kick.

Kabalane, the Guinean player who got a yellow card and gave Ghana a penalty kick, salvaged his reputation through a high header from a corner kick in the 64th minute.

The Guinean goal keeper was at his best when he saved a kick from Dede Ayew “Pele’s” break in the 77th minute, until Muntari left him wanting in the 90th minute, with a goal that saved the day.

The Black Stars and their French coach, Claude Leroy were all smiles after the game, considering the weight they bore on their shoulders before the game as hosts.

CAN 2008  Teams representing 47 countries are split into 12 groups of four. The best team from each group automatically qualifies to take part in the 26th edition of the African Cup of Nations football competition which takes place in Ghana.
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