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Ghana claims CHAN final place
Ghana’s Black Stars claimed a place in the last two of the ongoing African Nation Championship (CHAN) after beating Senegal 7-6 on penalties in their semi-final clash at the Stade de la Paix, Boauke.
Goalkeeper Philemon McCarthy was the hero for the Ghanaian side as his save of Djilabodji Papy’s paved the way for victory, which was made possible after Kwadwo Poku converted his kick.
The matched watched by CAF Executive member, Almamy Camara Kabele and Local Organising Committee (COCHAN) Chairman, Jacques Anouma among others, lived up to its billing as a decider for a place in the finals.
The all-West African affair had to be decided on penalties after both teams was tied one all after 120 minutes of action.
The Black Stars, who for the second time had to play with their Technical Director, Milovan Rajevac started brightly with Charles Asampong Taylor leading several raids into the Senegalese.
Taylor, who is gradually rediscovering his old form, was by far the brightest spot on the Ghanaian side, and was twice, second and 28th minutes, denied the opener by Senegal goalie Ba Momadou from free-kicks.
Striker justified Yaw Antwi justified his place in the starting line-up ahead of Kotoko forward, Kwadwo Poku with the opener on the half-hour mark after finishing off Ibrahim Ayew’s solo move upfront.
But the lead wont last long and four minutes on, Sow Alpha Oumar drew parity for the Teranga Lions after being left unmarked in the Stars defence following Ndiour Babacar’s free-kick.
The Stars resumed the more purposeful with Taylor, Owusu Ansah and Samuel Inkoom missing targets narrowly before the quarter-hour mark.
The tempo of the game soon died and it was the Senegalese who came closer but Philemon McCarthy saved Moussa Dembele goalbound header in the closing stages.
During the shoot-out, Daniel Yeboah, Samuel Ayew Yeboah, Habib Mohamed, Ofosu Appiah, McCarthy, Osei Bonsu and Poku scored for Ghana whilst Malick Fall, Diamanka Maly, Ndiour Babacar, Diallo Mame Chieck, Diouf Mor and Ndiaye Sidy for Senegal.
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