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, Goal.com