Ghana’s Under-23 side, the Black Meteors, recorded a narrow first leg win over their Congolese counterparts in the qualifiers to the CAF Under-23 championship.
It was a first-half strike by Port Vale winger Ebo Andoh which separated both sides at the Accra Stadium on Saturday. The diminutive winger’s goal came on the stroke of half time.
The Black Meteors who spanked Liberia 7-1 in the first round of the campaign to the championship which will determine Africa’s representation in the men’s football division of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, had hoped to make their work easier with a more convincing result at home before the reverse leg.
But Congo’s Red Devils, guided by veteran trainer Claude Le Roy, made their work difficult. The visitors attacked from all angles in the opening 15 minutes but coiled back and held their own with good possession and on a few occasions, threatened the Ghana defence.
Ghana, determined to increase their lead, got the better of the chances in the second half but Ebo Andoh and second half substitute Dauda Mohammed saw their separate efforts miss the goal. The latter had his 89th minute strike rattle the post.
Congo will host Ghana in the reverse leg next weekend – May 30.
The winner of this tie on aggregate will face Nigeria’s Dream Team over two legs for one of seven available tickets to the Caf Under-23 Championship which will be hosted by Senegal.
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