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CK Akonnor handed reality check as Ghana suffer humiliating loss to Mali

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Since his appointment in January 2020, Black Stars head Charles Akonnor had to wait till Friday, 9th October to make his debut on their Ghanaian bench.

His first game in charge the Ghanaian national team was far from pleasing as the Black Stars suggested a 3-0 throbbing in the hands of Mali in an international friendly in Turkey.

Ghana fell behind as early as the third minute as Hamari Traore shot passed Lawrence Ati-Zigi after out-running Gideon Mensah at the left-back position.

The Black Stars began to exert dominance on the match but had little to show for as the first half ended with the side trailing by a goal.

The team returned from recess hoping to get back into the game as Charles Akonnor pulled his second substitution of the match, withdrawing Emmanuel Lomotey replacing Bernard Mensah.

He had earlier taken off Eugene Ansah for Kamaldeen Sulemana with the three minutes to end the first half.

Mali needed just four minutes to add a second as Hamari Traore turned creator this time for youngster El Bilal Toure.

With defeat staring in the face, Akonnor introduced Celta Vigo defender Joseph Aidoo after Nicholas Opoku picked up what appears to be an injury.

The defender’s introduction could little to stop the Malians who scored their third of the match after beating an offside trap to find the back of the net.

Haidara Amado was on hand to score after the initial attempt had come off the post.

Ghana will shift attention to 2022 World Cup host Qatar who they’ll engage in a second friendly on Monday.


About Richard Korley

Accountant | Blogger/ Founder of Press Sports Ghana | Formerly a presenter with Volta Premier FM, Ho. Sports fan by default. I aspire to write

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