Namibia held the Black Stars to a goalless draw during a friendly match yesterday
In a thrilling encounter at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Ghana’s Black Stars faced a formidable Namibian defense, resulting in a goalless draw in a friendly match on Monday, January 8. This exciting clash was a crucial part of the preparation for both teams gearing up for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Despite the Black Stars launching a relentless attack, including hitting the post, Namibia’s steadfast defense proved challenging to breach. The Namibian squad, camped in Ghana for the tournament, showcased resilience throughout the match.
The strategic move by Black Stars coach Chris Hughton to start Captain Andre Dede Ayew from the bench gave Ransford-Yeboah Konigsdorffer a memorable debut game. Adding to the defensive strength, Alexander Djiku’s return after months of injury paired him with Daniel Amartey in central defense, forming a formidable backbone for the team.
Notably absent was West Ham United’s Mohammed Kudus, sidelined due to injury. Despite the match concluding with a 0-0 score, both teams now shift their focus to crafting strategies for their campaigns in La Côte d’Ivoire.
The fan reaction was mixed, with many wondering if the National Team could make a difference in the Tournament.
As the action unfolds in the upcoming AFCON, South Africa, placed in Group E, is set to kick off their campaign on Tuesday, January 16, facing Tunisia before subsequent clashes against South Africa and Mali. Ghana, placed in Group B, will embark on their journey on Sunday, January 14, taking on Cape Verde. The Black Stars will later meet Egypt and Mozambique in what promises to be an exhilarating group stage.
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