Ghana vs Nigeria: Stars, Eagles Settle For Draw
Ghana and Nigeria played out a 0-0 scoreline on Tuesday in a friendly at the Vicarage Road in Watford.
The match gave Black Stars coach Goran Stevanovic a chance to look at some new faces ahead of the 2012 African Nations Cup.
Stevanovic handed Massawudu Alhassan his senior debut at left back as he made six changes to the team that started in Ghana’s previous game, deciding to rest Asamoah Gyan, Sulley Muntari, Samuel Inkoom and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu while also giving Mohammed Abu and Albert Adomah a rare start.
Both sides headed into the game with contrasting fortunes after the final day of 2012 Nations Cup qualifying with Ghana earning their spot while Nigeria failed to qualify.
And it was Ghana who dominated the early exchanges with Adomah sending a dipping 20-yard volley over Austine Ejide’s bar after seven minutes.
Prince Tagoe followed up with a drive from the edge of the area straight at goalkeeper Ejide.
It took Nigeria 21 minutes to test Ghana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey when he came out to gather a shot across the face of goal.
Nigeria, finally fought back as they looked to have put their qualification disappointment behind them and looked more dangerous going forward as Brown Ideye hit a shot that cannoned off the crossbar and Ikechukwu Uche saw his shot blocked by Kwarasey to end the half.
Ghana made a raft of changes at the start of the second half, bringing on Gyan, Muntari and Agyemang-Badu.
With the game slowing down, both sides occasionally pushed for the breakthrough but were left to share the spoils of the game.
Ghana line up: Adam Kwarasey, John Painstil, Massawudu Alhassan/Lee Addy, Isaac Vorsah, John Mensah, Anthony Annan, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie/Samuel Inkoom, Mohammed Abu/Agyeman-Badu, Prince Tagoe/Asamoah Gyan, Albert Adomah/Dominic Adiyiah, Kwadwo Asamoah/Sulley Muntari
Subs: Daniel Agyei, Asamoah Gyan, Sulley Muntari, Derek Boateng, Lee Addy, Dominic Adiyiah, Samuel Inkoom, Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu