11 January 2013

Ghana/Egypt: Black Stars Deal With the Pharaohs'

Ghana's Black Stars thumped seven time African champions Egypt 3-0 in a warm up game ahead of the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.

Agyemang Badu began the mauling with a superb header in the first half with substitutes Richmond Boakye Yiadom and Asamoah Gyan getting the two goals in the second half.

The Egyptians failed bringing out the bestand superb team performance from the Black Stars and pieces of individual brilliance from Kwadwo Asamoah and Agyemang Badu.

The Stars were quick and fluid with Bristol City winger Albert Adoma proving a slippery customer to his marker.

But it was Udinese Star, Agyemang Badu who shot the Stars ahead in the 17th minute when he soared above his markers and powerfully connected a well taken free kick from Kwadwo Asamoah.

Ghana goal; with Fatau Dauda almost enjoying the game watching. In a rare attack in the 19th minute, Dauda was quick to grab the ball off the foot of the Egypian striker. The Pharaohs were slow and hardly threatened the goal keeper of Ghana.

The Pharoah's were being too physical on the Black Stars Skipper Anthony Annan became victim of the attacks and was replaced by Derek Boateng who brought in a change and speed in the game.

In the 35th minute, Omar Garber was awarded a yellow card for diving after he had, in a sublime one-two situation, got himself in a scoring position in Ghana's 18 yard box.

Coach Akwasi Appiah brought in Richard Boakye-Yiadom for Emmanuel Clottey in the second half and the Italy based striker responded positively.

Egypt responded well and breached the Ghanaian defence with a splitting pass but the resulting strike was too weak to beat Fatau Dauda who made some really impressive saves on the few occasions he was called upon.

In the 75th minute the Pharaohs came close to scoring but Derek Boateng tracked back into defence with a timely tackle in the six yard box.

Striker Asamoah Gyan was brought in with a quarter of an hour left and was beautifully set up by Christian Atsu in the 84th minute. The Al Ain striker halted his goal duck for the Stars with the third and final goal for the Black Stars.

Fatau Dauda, with three minutes left disappointed the Pharaoh's from a corner kick which was much expected to be a goal

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