U20 Afcon: Ghana and Morocco draw as Tanzania come from behind to hold Gambia

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The Black Satellites failed to add three points to their tally while the young Taifa Stars showed resilience to grab their first mark of the campaign

Ghana and Morocco settled for a 0-0 draw on matchday two of the ongoing Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Mauritania.

With neither side unable to find the back of the net in the Group C fixture, each team left Stade Municipal de Nouadhibou with a point.

The result has left both teams tied on four points at the top of the standings, with Ghana sitting as leaders due to a better goal difference, a result of their big 4-0 opening day thrashing of Tanzania.

Earlier on Friday, Tanzania came from behind to hold Gambia to a 1-1 draw, leaving the two teams also tied with a point each but with the latter sitting up on third position owing to a superior goal difference following their narrow 1-0 loss to Morocco on matchday one.

On Monday, Ghana will take on Gambia as Tanzania face Morocco in the last round of group games. The top two teams at the end of the series secured qualification to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Ghana coach Abdul Karim Zito made one change to the team that handed Tanzania the thrashing, with Patrick Mensah replacing Eric Ansu Appiah.

Schalke 04 winger Joselpho Barnes also kept his place in the team after scoring on matchday one, his first game for the country of his parents at any level.

Morocco's team saw three changes from the opener, with Oussama Raoui, Tawfik Bentayeb and Ayoub Mouloua replacing Omar El Hilali, Oussama Zemraoui and Mehdi Maouhoub.

Strasbourg goalkeeper Alaa Bellaarouch started in post for Morocco, who also had Malaga duo Adil Tahif and Haitam Abaida, Mohamed Aymane Ouhatti of Amiens in the starting set-up.

In the end, there was little to separate the two sides as Mohammed Sulemana’s 67th-minute effort from long-range flew just over the Moroccan bar, one of a series of half-chances of the game.

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In the first Group C game of the day, Novatus Dismas' 88th-minute free-kick earned Tanzania a point in their 1-1 draw with Gambia.

The young Scorpions, who scored first through Momodou Bojang's volley five minutes to half-time, looked to be headed for their first win of the championship until Dismas struck late on.

Ordinarily, the top four teams at the U20 Afcon ought to be rewarded with qualification tickets for the U20 World Cup but the situation has changed due to the cancellation of the global gathering because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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