Ghana opens AFCON campaign with a win

The Black Stars of Ghana got their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaign to a winning start by beating the Cranes of Uganda 1-0 in their opening match on Tuesday.

A well taken penalty from West Ham midfielder Andre Ayew separated both sides in the first half and was the only goal in the game.

It was Uganda that came close to opening the scoring with a shot on target from Mawejje three minutes into the game, but Ghana goalie Razak Braimah was up to the task.

Thomas Partey could have given Ghana the lead six minutes into the match but shot wide after Jordan Ayew’s pass from the left wing reached him.

Ghana came close again to scoring this time from Captain Asamoah Gyan, whose header from a Harrison Afful cross narrowly missed the post with only 18 minutes on the clock. Two minutes after, Gyan headed another ball in similar fashion missing the post narrowly once more.

Ghana got a penalty on the half hour mark when Asamoah Gyan was pulled down in the penalty box by Uganda’s Isinda. Andre Ayew stepped forward and beat Onyango to put the Black Stars ahead.

Uganda came close to equalising in the 42nd minute from a break down the right, but Miya’s strike missed the post narrowly. Unmarked Isinda failed to connect with his head from a corner kick on the stroke of half time leaving Ghana one goal up at half time.

Uganda came into the second half the better team and pushed the Ghanaians back into their own half but failed to capitalise on their chances.

Mawejje’s long range shot in the 61st minute missed the post narrowly and five minutes later Massa’s free kick outside the penalty box flew narrowly over the Ghanaian goal post.

Uganda kept the pressure going but the Ghanaian defence of John Boye, Daniel Amartey, and Frank Acheampong remained resolute until the Botswana referee Bondo whistled for the end of the game.

Ghana will play their second game against Mali on January 21 and their final encounter will see them come up against the Pharaohs of Egypt on January 25.

Ghanaian midfielder Christian Atsu emerged Total Man of the Match.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com

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