Ghana booted out of CHAN

Saddick Adams is marked closely by Zagrib Ismael in yesterday's game

Saddick Adams is marked closely by Zagrib Ismael in yesterday’s game

Ghana’s local Black Stars team failed in their bid to return to the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Kenya in 2018, after suffering a disappointing 2-1 defeat in the hands of the Stallions of Burkina Faso in the second leg qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium, yesterday.

The Ghanaians approached the game with a 2-2 first leg advantage and needed just a draw to pick one of the three tickets from West Zone B for the Kenya 2018 tournament.

Sadly, they failed to live up to expectation and bowed out with a 4-3 aggregate score to hand the Burkinabes the slot.

The Ghanaians started the game on a fast note, but it was the visitors who registered the opener on the 7th minute through Sillas Mohammed`s strike off Kabore Youssouf`s cross.

Winful Cobbinah watched in awe as his goal bound free kick was parried over the bar by keeper Sawadogo Aboubacar in post for the Stallions, in the 12th minute.

The goal gingered the Stallions who surged forward with Barro Adama, Kabore Youssouf,  Syllas Mohammed pumping heat into the game.

As the visitors managed to seize the midfield and punctured holes in the weak Ghanaian defense, it was only matter of time for them to increase the tally, and rearguard, Nikiema Herman, did just that as he dribbled through a forest of legs to double the lead in the 25th minute.

Ghana, at this juncture, was struggling to keep pace with the opponents ending the half.

Down by two goals, Ghana, in the second half started to put their act together and made inroads into the opponents’ territory with Patrick Razak and substitute Addo Felix, who replaced Saddick Adams causing trouble for the visitors’ defense men.

A beautiful free kick from the foot of Winful Cobbinah found the head of Addo Felix to reduce the tally on the 60th minute mark.

Ghana, galvanised by the goal, attacked from all angles, but surprisingly lost focus amid poor passes allowing the visitors to dictate the pace till the curtains were brought down.

FROM KINGSLEY E HOPE, KUMASI

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