Ghana 0-0 Angola: A Goal Shy Friendly Game

The Palancas Negras failed to impress their Head of State José Eduardo dos Santos when they clashed with the Black Stars in a friendly aimed at preparing for the African Nations Cup.
An international friendly between the Ghana Black Stars and Angola ended in a goalless draw at the Cidadela Stadium in Luanda.

The match preparing both teams for the Orange 2010 African Nations Cup in Angola turned out to be disappointing for the neutral fan.

The Palancas Negras could not afford to lose in the presence of their President José Eduardo dos Santos and the teeming home support.

Coach Milovan Rajevac of Ghana saw it as one of the rare opportunities to test the physique of his young players, most of whom charmed the world in their U-20 World Cup tournament in Egypt two months ago. He had a perfect blend of both young and old faces in the starting line-up.

Senior goalkeeper Richard Kingson, Jonathan Quartey and Eric Addo, who have regular status remained on the bench throughout the game. Young goalkeeper Daniel Agyei made his debut with the senior side and was shielded by the backline of John Painstil, Rahim Ayew, Lee Addy and Isaac Vorsah from the Angolan incursions.

Goal poacher Dominic Adiyiah and prolific midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah led the Ghanaian onslaughts but could not find the Angolan net. Agyemang Badu made a rare start in the middle alongside Anthony Annan with support on the flanks from Andre Ayew and Opoku Agyemang.

In the 46 minute Ghana came close to upsetting the Angolans, but Ayew’s shot was goal shy.

Matthew Amoah came on for Dominic Adiyiah in the second half. Amoah failed to score in a clear chance in the 68th minute when talented Asamoah passed the ball towards him.

Later in the game, Rajevac sent on Mark Sekyere for Agyemang Badu before making his third substitution in the closing stages of the game when he took off Andre Ayew for Aziz.

K.N.S Mensah,