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Ghana lose heavily to Algeria in pre-AFCON friendly

Ghana lose heavily to Algeria in pre-AFCON friendly

Ghana lost 3-0 to African Champions Algeria at the Education City stadium in Doha on Wednesday night in their final preparatory game ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Coach Milovan Rajevac named a starting line up without skipper Andre Ayew, Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew and Reading FC duo Baba Rahman and Andrew Yiadom.

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey led the team with the likes of Jonathan Mensah, Alexander Djiku, Daniel Amartey and Gideon Mensah playing in defence.

Edmund Addo sat in front of the backline with Samuel Owusu and Joseph Painstil playing on the wings as Abdul Fatawu Issahaku operated behind Richmond Boakye Yiadom in attack.

Goalkeeper Nurudeen Manaf who was making his debut failed to keep out a low shot from Adam Ounas in the 8th minute for the opener. The Algerian winger rounded up two players in the box before smashing home from close range.

Milovan Rajevac made two changes before the start of the second half by bringing on Baba Idrissu and Benjamin Tetteh for Edmund Addo and Samuel Owusu.

Abdul Fatawu Issahaku tried his luck from the edge of the box in the 48th minute – in search of the equalizer but his shot went wide. Benjamin Tetteh had a good chance to score in the 60th minute but his ball was saved by Algeria goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi.

Lawrence Ati Zigi and Maxwell Abbey Quaye were brought on for Nurudeen Manaf and Richmond Boakye Yiadom as Ghana continued to push for the equalizer. Jonathan Mensah scored an own goal in the 74th minute in an attempt to clear a goal mouth melee which beat Lawrence Ati Zigi.

Former Leicester City forward Islam Slamini who came on for Baghdad Bounedjah poked home the third goal after Lawrence Ati failed to deal with Ismael Bennacer’s cross.

Algeria held on to seal a 3-0 win at the Education City stadium in Al Rayyan – Qatar.

Black Stars will begin their Africa Cup of Nations campaign against giants Morocco on Monday, January 10, 2022 before playing Gabon and Comoros in the other Group C matches.

joseph.agbobli@mx24gh.com

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