Tunisia gets historic conquest over Ghana at Afcon 2019

Tunisia gets historic conquest over Ghana at Afcon 2019

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The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia have qualified to the quarter finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) at the expense of the Black Stars of Ghana on Monday, July 8, in the round of 16 game after winning on pernalties in a tough game played at the Ismailia Stadium, Egypt.

It was the first time the North Africans were securing victory over Ghana in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the first time Ghana failed to advanced to the semi-finals in an AFCON since 2006.

The Tunisians won by 5-4 on penalties after the regulation time ended one all with Ghana fetching an equalizer in the 90th minute of the game, with five minutes of the added time.

Mubarak Wakaso, Jordan Ayew, Thomas Partey and Lumor Agbenyanu converted for Ghana, whilst new player in the team Caleb Ekuban missed his kick to grant Tunisia the quarter final berth.

Slit Naim, Wahab Khazri, Dylan Daniel, Yassine Meriah and Ferjani Sassi converted their kicks for Tunisia to grant them a historic win over the Stars, the first time in AFCON.

Ghana’s goal keeper Richard Ofori could not save any of the kicks, however the Tunisian reserve goalie caught one.

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A fairly balance game from both sides in the first half, saw Tunisia dominating in the early stages threatening the Stars area with captain Youssef Msakani missing some decent chances.

Ghana warmed up slowly into the game in the second quarter, with Mubarak Wakaso, Thomas Partey, Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew and Samuel Owusu pushing for the opener with constant pressure.

This paid off in the 41st minute when Ayew scored from Andy Yiadom’s cross but South African Referee Victor Maguel de Freitas Gomes denied Ghana the lead with a controversial ruling of a handball by Partey.

Ghana dominated the rest of the half with John Boye going into the books of the referee to end the half.  

Second half saw more action with clearer chances falling on the path of both sides with Ghana, the better of the Owusu’s cross palmed into corner by keeper to corner which was wasted in the 50th minute.

Ghana’s constant pressure did not yield any goal but rather Tunisia who scored the opener in the 74th minute after substitute Wahbi Khazri who came on for Anice Badri set Taha Yassine Khenisi for the opener.

Tunisia adopted the delay tactics approach with series of fake injuries, but it did not fetch them the winner as Ghana secured the equalizer in the 90th minute, that saw Rami Bedoui direct Wakaso's freekick directed into the net for an own goal.

Most Ghanaians are blaming coach Kwesi Appiah for the defeat due to his selection of players and late substitutions.

Line-up:

Ghana:       Richard Ofori, Andy Yiadom, Baba Abdul RahmanLumor Agbenyanu, John Boye, Nuhu Kassim, Afriyie AcquahCaleb Ekuban, Mubarak Wakaso, Samuel OwusuKwabena Owusu, Andre AyewAsamoah Gyan, Jordan Ayew, Thomas T. Partey

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Tunisia:     Hassan Mouez, Wajdi Kechrida, Dylan Daniel, Yassine Meriah, Ousmana Hadadi, Youssef Msakni,  Anice Badri, Taha Yassine Khenissi, Ferjani Sassi, Ellyes Skhiri, Ghaylen Chaaleli

From Sammy Heywood Okine

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