Ghana player ratings and assessment versus Central African Republic: Mohammed Kudus shines, Afena-Gyan struggles

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Ghana were held to a 1-1 draw by Central African Republic at the 11 de Novembro stadium in Angola on Sunday afternoon.

Mohammed Kudus opened the scoring for Ghana in the 17th minute, before Karl Namnganda pulled parity for Central African Republic in the 41st minute.

Here’s how rated and assessed the players:

1. Lawrence Ati-Zigi – 6/10

Lawrence Ati-Zigi was handed a rare start and surely deserved more from his center-backs. The St. Gallen goalkeeper could have done little from the goal he conceded.

2. Andy Yiadom – 6/10

Handed his first start under Otto Addo and didn’t do bad. Yiadom was solid defensively but offered little in attack.

3. Daniel Amartey – 5.5/10

So rare to see Daniel Amartey have a bad game for the Black Stars. The Leicester City defender was far from his best and could have done much better with the goal Ghana conceded.

4. Jonathan Mensah – 5.5/10

Struggled to communicate with his defensive partner and was at fault for the goal Ghana conceded. The Columbus Crew man was unfortunately subbed off in the 63rd minute after he collided with Peter Guinari.

5. Gideon Mensah – 6.5/10

Back at his preferred left-back position after playing as a center-back in the previous game. Gideon Mensah was one of Ghana’s best players on the field, picking up the right passes and going pass bodies.

6. Edmund Addo – 6/10

Started the game brilliantly but was off as the game progressed. Addo in a number 6 position was no where to be found when the opposition over turned possession to score.

7. Osman Bukari – 6.5/10

Handed his first start in the colors of the Black Stars and did okay, he gave the opposition defenders problems and provided the assist for the goal.

8. Daniel Kofi-Kyereh- 6.5/10

Handed his first starting role under Otto Addo and didn’t disappoint. Kyereh made things difficult for the opposition’s defense with his ability to break out of a press.

9. Felix Afena-Gyan – 5/10

Not the best of days for Gyan upfront. The youngster was offered little support from the midfield and was constantly bullied by the rugged Central African Republic defenders.

10. Mohammed Kudus – 7/10

Another fine display for Mohammed Kudus in the colors of Ghana. The youngster was one of the few Ghanaian players who posed a threat anytime on the ball. He scored Ghana’s goal.

11. Joseph Painstil – 5/10

Had a good start to the game but vanished as time went on. Painstil was replaced by Kamaldeen in the 63rd minute.


1. Baba Iddrisu – 6/10

Came on the 63rd minute for Joseph Painstil and brought life into the Ghana midfield, widening the pitch with his passes to make things difficult for the opposition.

2. Kamaldeen Sulemana – 5/10

Replaced Joseph Painstil in the 63rd minute and failed to live up to expectation. Kamaldeen was easily manhandled off the ball by the rugged Central Africa Republic team.

3. Abdul Fatawu Issahaku – 5.0

This time Fatawu Issahaku started from the bench and failed to make his presence felt on the pitch when he came on.

4. Kwasi Okyere-Wreidt – N/A

Came on in the final minutes of the game and didn’t have much time to make an impact on the came.

5. Andre Ayew – N/A

Subbed on in the 89th minute for Daniel Kofi-Kyereh and didn’t get much time to change the outcome of the game.

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