AWCON 2018: Ghana Trail Mali
Ghana Black Queens losing 1-0 to Mali in AWCON 2018 second game
The Black Queens is losing 1-0 to Mali in their second game of the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON).
Bassira Toure’s first half strike from the penalty spot was enough to hand the Queens a 45 minutes to forget as their efforts were thwarted by referee Letticia who seem to have been the 12th player for the Lady Eagles.
Much as Ghana tried, her decisions frustrated them in equal measure. The host had a great start, creating all the chances required, but finishing was an enemy in the first quarter of the game. The were dominant but lacked the cutting edge to deliver the killer punch to settle nerves. Stand in skipper Portia Boakye, Jane Ayieyam and Sherifa Suleman were all culpable for Ghana’s inability to take the lead as they scuffled chances.
In the 20th minute, Ghana had a call for penalty turned down when Portia Boakye’s ball clearly hit the arm of Coulouba Sogore. The sparse crowd roared in unsion. They had jeered countless times some of the most awful decisions by the referee, but they would roar with a higher pitch three minutes later.
A perfect through ball from Bassira Toure cut open the centre pair of Janet Egyir and Faustina Ampah. Assisata Toure run through diagonally the pick the ball but she was beaten to it by the onrushing Patricia Mantey who could not keep the ball under control. Assisata fell in the box when Egyir on her recovery pushed her from the back and the referee pointed to the spot.
The referee rather took the foul against Patricia whom Assisata tripped and fell on, booking the Ghanaian gloveswoman.
Bassira Toure took responsibility and dispatched the ball to the left hand side Patricia when she chose to dive to right. 1-0 Mali lead.
Bashir Hayford’s girls took charge of the game again, but much as the pushed with a partisan crowd behind them, the referee ignored their pleases for fouls and even another penalty on the 37th minute when Sherifa Suleman struck the ball on the hand of Fatoumata Doumbia.
Ghana had an opportunity to equalise from a deadball on the death of half time when Grace Asantewaa was fouled. She took the free kick but straight into the waiting palms of goalkeeper Adoudou Konate. She fumbled with it first time, but gathered again before Jane Ayieyam could pounce.
The referee blew her whistle for recess when the ball was ballooned into play and Ghana left the pitch distraught.
Second half coming up shortly…