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The Ghana Black Stars this afternoon settled for a goalless draw with the Os Mambas of Mozambique in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations second leg qualifier played at the Estádio Nacional do Zimpeto in Maputo.

The Black Stars somewhat disorganized showing earned the home side who put up a spirited performance their first point of the competition with Dominguez fluffing their first clear chance at goal.

Switzerland based Ebenezer Assifuah who was handed a starting role failed to connect in the early stages of the game after being set up by Harrison Afful and he fluffed another chance shortly afterwards with a very weak connection at goal.

Defender Jonathan Mensah also came close but his connection to Jordan Ayew’s cross was too high, the best strike of the first half however fell to John Boye, but Mambas goalkeeper Soari pulled a splendid save to keep the score-line 0-0 at the interval.

The second half was largely a ding dong affair with the Mambas getting close on two occasions and being denied by Razak Braimah in goal for the Stars who had a very good showing on the afternoon.

The Black Stars also got close but Alfred Duncan, Jordan Ayew and Chelsea defender Baba Rahman were unable to hit the target.

The Black Stars overwhelmed the Mambas by a 3-1 scoreline in the first leg encounter played at the Accra Sports Stadium 3 days ago.

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With captain Asamoah Gyan and Mubarak Wakaso unable to make the trip due to injuries, Black Stars boss, Avran Grant, was forced to make some changes to the lineup he used in Accra 3 days ago, handing starting roles to Alfred Duncan, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and Jeffrey Schlupp in place of Christian Atsu, Mubarak Wakaso, Frank Acheampong with Swiss based attacker Ebenezer Assifuah taking over for FC Lorient striker Abdul Majeed Waris.

The tie has Ghana on pace to win Group H with 10 points from 4 games; 3 wins and a draw.

Starting lineup: Razak Braimah (goalie), Harrison Afful, Baba Abdul Rahman, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Afriyie Acquah, Alfred Duncan, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (captain), Ebenezer Assifuah, Jordan Ayew, Jeffrey Schlupp

Substitutes: Adam Kwarasey (Goalkeeper), Daniel Amartey, Edwin Gyimah, Christian Astu, Abdul Majeed Waris, Samuel Tetteh, Evans Mensah

Technical Staff: Avram Grant -Coach,Assistant Coach - Maxwell Konadu, Team Manager - Nii Sabahn Quaye, Goalkeepers Trainer - Nassamu Yakubu

 

 

Abena Alice with news wires

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