Saturday 3rd September, 2016
Edna A. Quansah, GNA
Accra, Sept. 3, GNA –
The Black Stars of Ghana were held to a 1-1 draw in the final match qualifier
of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) against the Amavubis of Rwanda at the
Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.
The Stars, having
qualified for next year’s AFCON, were in hunt to finish in grand style but the
Amavubis of Rwanada denied them the chance.
Missing in action
was the general captain of the Stars Asamoah Gyan and deputy captain Andre Ayew
through injury but a determined squad paraded by Avram Grant was able to deny
their counterparts from causing them havoc.
Red Bulls Salzburg
attacker Samuel Tettey found the back of the net after a powerful shot to the
right bottom conner to give the stars the lead in the 24th minute of the first
The Rwandans after
the stars goal were poor in the half creating only one chance when Usengimana
Faustin ballooned the ball to the stands.
Both sides managed
to posses the ball very well in the center half of the pitch but were not able
to cause anymore havoc in the first half.
The stars continued
to mount pressure in their opponents area to fetch the second goal, but skipper
on the day Agyeman Badu failed to find the back of the net in the early stages
of the second half.
Hakizimana Muhadjiri got the equaliser for the Rwandans in the 74th minute,
with a superbly converted freekick to level terms on the day.
Jordan Ayew shot at
goal was denied by the woodwork to restore the lead for the Stars.
Ghana has thus
qualified to represent the nation in a tourney billed for Gabon next year.