Ghana’s Black Satellites were able to secure a goalless draw in Algiers against Algeria in the first leg of the second round of the qualifiers for the 2019 African U20 Championships.
The match was played at the Stade 5 Juillet 1962 on Friday.
The Satellites were experiencing their first taste of the qualifiers after drawing a bye in the initial rounds and coach Jimmy Cobblah named his starting lineup to include Mohammed Kudus, who featured for the Black Starlets in 2017, and Richard Danso of WAFA.
The Algerians quickly settled in the game ahead of the Ghanaians when referee Abou Coulibaly blew his whistle for the start of the game but the Satellites composed themselves and got into their groove.
They went close to scoring in the first half when Richard Danso flashed a long-range effort just over the bar but that was just about the best opportunity for Ghana.
In the second half, the match became more stretched and the openings started to show up.
While Algeria struggled to get into positions of promise, Ghana went close to scoring again but Maxwell Arthur’s cut-back from the right wing was scuffed by Basit Abdul Rahman.
The Satellites tried to use their pace down the flanks to find chances but they were flagged offside on most occasions.
Not even the 6 minutes of added time helped the two teams find a goal.
Ghana will host their Algerian counterparts in the second leg of the qualifiers on the weekend of May 18 to 20.
The main tournament is scheduled to take place in Niger in 2019.