Ghana held by Comoros in WC qualifier

The Black Stars couldn’t surmount the bulwark defence of Les Coelecantes in the first leg of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Friday

Ghana were held to a goalless draw by Comoros in the first leg of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers played at the Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh in Moroni on Friday.

Razak Brimah was preferred at the post in the starting eleven despite the incredible form of youngster Richard Ofori, while the Ayew brothers led the line for the former African champions.

Solomon Asante and Majeed Waris were also included but captain Asamoah Gyan began the meeting on the bench following his frail form.

Ghana played around with swagger but failed to make use of their chances, coming close to grabbing the opener in the 44th minute when Harrison Afful missed the target by inches, with Comoros goalkeeper Ben Boina flatly beaten.

The Black Stars returned from the break still dominating possession. Jordan Ayew came close to opening the scoring but his effort was blocked by Ibrahim Rachidi.

Mogni broke loose on the other half-way line but his long drive was calmly saved by Brimah.

Comoros coach Amir Abdou brought on Faidine and M’madi to replace Halifa Soule and Youssouf M’changama by the hour mark. Ghana coach Avram Grant quickly responded by introducing Wakaso Mubarak and Solomon Asante for David Accam and Agyeman Badu.

The changes almost yielded for Comoros, with M’madi heading home an 82nd minute effort which was ruled as offside by referee Ragab Omar Mohammed to the dismay of home fans.

Asamoah Gyan finally stepped in for Majeed Waris, hitting the post within 30 seconds.

Another substitute Agyeman Badu had a failed goal attempt while Andre Ayew’s follow up action from a rebound crashed against the post.

Ghana threw men forward in search for a goal but Comoros held on until the final whistle.

Ghana will host Comoros in the second leg on November 17 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi. The winner of the tie will join 19 other nations to qualify to the third round of the qualifiers.


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