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WORLD CUP 2018: GHANA FAILS TO QUALIFY FOR THE WORLD CUP AFTER 11 YEARS

Ghana failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 2006. The Black Stars drew 1-1 with Egypt on Sunday in the last round of matches for the 2018 World Cup.

The match was merely academic, with Egypt having already secured top spot and World Cup qualification.

Ghana had to come from behind through a goal from debutant Edwin Gyasi in the match played at the Cape Coast Stadium.

Mahamod Shikabala got the goal for the Pharaohs of Egypt in the second half when he shot a lose ball from the edge of the box.

With Egypt already qualified prior to the kickoff, both sides did not show much urgency in their game and so the intensity of the match was low.

The first half saw the Egyptians threatening the Ghanaian goal area on several occasions but goal Keeper, Richard Ofori was  up to the task to deny the Egyptians of the opener.

Ghana’s new players; Kasim and Nana Ampomah were looking jittery at the initial stages but got settled after 25 minutes of play. But the latter was replaced in the 41st minute by Patrick Twumasi.

On the 61st minute,Shikabala rattled the back of the net with an unstoppable shot following a pin-point cross by Trezequet. His left-footed drive left Richard Ofori with little chance.

There was an immediate response from Ghana when  Edwin Gyasi pulled the hosts level. Perfect response as his deflected effort whistled past Sherif Ekramy.

The second half was more opened up as both sides showed the intention to attack. Ghana came back stronger in that half.

Ghana: R.Ofori, Afful, Angenyenu, Nuhu, Amartey, Wakaso, Gyasi, E.Ofori, Dwamena (Yiadom 74′), Donsah (Waris 50′), Ampomah (Twumasi 41′).

Egypt: Ekramy, Gabr, Elmohamady, Rabiea (Samir 33′), Moursy, Abdelrazek (Elsaeyd 65′), Marei (Gamal 76′), Sobhi, Hafez, Elneny, Ibrahim.

 

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