Ten-man Black Meteors hold Egypt in Alexandria

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The Black Meteors (Male U-23) drew 1-1 with Egypt in a friendly encounter at the Alexandria Stadium.

Head Coach, Ibrahim Tanko named a strong starting eleven. Ibrahim Danlad started in goal, David Oppong and Nathaniel Adjei were paired in defense. The attack was led by Zubairu Ibrahim, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh and Abdul Fatawu Issahaku.

Ghana a slow start to the game and nearly gave away a goal in the opening five minutes when Nathaniel Adjei fouled an opposition at the edge of the box.

The Black Meteors opened the scoring in the 10th minute, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh calmly converted a spot-kick that came about after Abdul Fatawu Issahaku was fouled in the box.

In the 20th minute, Egypt were awarded a way back into the game from a spot-kick, Ibrahim Adel stepped up and took the kick but goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad saved his effort.

Twenty minutes later, Ibrahim Adel made amends of his penalty miss, scoring to make it 1-1. Egypt capitalized on a blunder by Ibrahim Danlad.

On the stroke of halftime , Ghana was reduced to 10 players, Zubairu Ibrahim was shown a second yellow card after a poor challenge.

In the second half, Egypt pushed for the second but Ghana stayed resilient at the back to draw 1-1. Salim Adams, Sylvester Simba, Godwin Bentil, Ibrahim Hafiz, Augustine Randolf and Wisdom Yegbe were brought on.

Ghana will continue their stay in Alessandrai and will be involved in another friendly game before jetting off to Morocco for the U-23 AFCON to be played from Saturday, June 24 to Saturday, July 8, 2023.

Ghana is paired with host Morocco, Guinea and Congo in Group A of the competition which will serve as qualifiers for the next Olympics in Paris, France.

The Black Meteors will kickoff their campaign against Congo on Saturday, June 24, before playing Morocco on Tuesday, June 27 and then Guinea on Friday, June 30.

The top three teams from the competition will automatically qualify to the Olympics, while the 4th-placed team will play against a team from Asia in a playoffs to decide the final slot at the Olympics.

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