Ghana Win Postponed Opener

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar February 13, 2019 13:52



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Ghana Win Postponed Opener

By Satish Sekar in Maradi © Satish Sekar (February 4th 2019)

Burkinabe Face Mountain to Climb

Burkina Faso face an uphill struggle after losing their delayed opening fixture of the Under-20 AFCON 2-0. The Young Stallions created the first chance when Salifou Diarrassouba’s pace enabled him to beat his marker and cross, but Djibril Cheick headed over without troubling Abdul Nurudeen.

The Burkinabe continued to press, but Nurudeen thwarted both Cheick and Elias Dianda in the first half hour. The stalemate was ended jut before half time when Daniel Lomotey took advantage of a long through ball by from the keeper, Nurudeen, to deftly dink it over the keeper, Mohamed Traoré.

The Black Satellites took that lead into half time and extended it later. Gaining confidence, Ghana went close twice through Sadiq Abdulai – header just over and shot blocked, but any nerves were finally settled when Nurudeen’s clearance was headed on by Enoch Ata Agyei on the left to Mohamed Kudus, whose pass gave Lomotey the opportunity to shine. Lomotey turned Gilbert Koné inside out to expose Traoré to complete a brace.

Nurudeen ensured not only all three points, with an assist too, but a clean sheet when he parried Chick Ouattara’s effort.

Advantage Senegal and Mali

The Burkinabe face a steep challenge now. They have less than 48 recovery time and Mali have had an extra day before their second match. Mali have the advantage of extra rest and also longer to forget their opening match defeat.

Ghana and Senegal top the group with recovery time being the issue for Ghana. Senegal have the advantage, but as Corbblah has said, there’s nothing he can do now but accept the decision of CAF.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar February 13, 2019 13:52