By Afeseh Apong
▪️2018 AFCON winners Algeria, has beaten Ghana 3#0 in a pre_AFCON friendly
▪️ AFCON 2021 kicks off in Cameroon in January 09.
The desert foxes of Algeria, have beaten the black stars of Ghana three nil in an international friendly. The game was played at the Education city Stadium in Qatar, on Wednesday evening.
Adam Ounas’ eight minute opener, Jonathan Mensah’s own goal and Islam Slimani’s 79 minute goal, secured a vital win for Djamel Belmadi’s side, less than four days to the kick-off of the AFCON in Cameroon.
Adam Ounas’ went in the right side of the box, fired at the near post pass goalkeeper Abdul Manaf Nurudeen, to put Algeria in front.
Algeria kept pressing, with both Ramiz Zerrouki and Yacine Brahimi coming close to increasing tally, though their efforts failed to hit target.
The Desert foxes went for the break with a one goal lead.
Upon resumption for the second half, goalkeeper Raïs M’BOHLI made great saves to deny Thomas Partey and Benjamin Tetteh, as the Black stars looked more lively.
63 minutes on, Djamel Belmadi made a double change, bringing on Ismael Bennacer and Islam Slimani, to replace Adem Zorgane and Baghdad Bounedjah respectively.
For Ghana, Milovan Rajevac had to wait till the 67 minute, before bringing on Lawrence Ati-Zigi and Maxwell Quaye replace Abdul Manaf Nurudeen and Richmond Boakye.
Westham’s Saïd Benrahma and Farid Boulaya replace Adam Ounas and Yacine Brahimi shortly before Jonathan Mensah’s misjudged clearance went into his own goal, put Algeria two goals up at the 74th minute. Mensah was replaced two minutes later by Enter Andy Yiadom.
Islam Slimani made sure the win was secured for the desert foxes, as he guided in Farid Boulaya cross at the 79 minute.
There was still time for more substitutions from Djamel Belmadi, though Houcine Benayada and Ilyes Chetti could not increase the line, after coming in for Youcef Belaïli and Youcef Atal respectively.
The Arab champions Algeria, now heads to Cameroon heads high, as they remain one of the favorites for their proper succession.
Algeria will feature in Group E of the AFCON, alongside Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea, while the black stars will be based in Yaoundé, alongside Morocco, Comoros and Gabon.
Both countries are expected in Cameroon in the hours ahead.
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