Ghana’ Black Meteors secured a 1-1 draw against Algeria in the 1st leg of the final round of qualifiers for the 2023 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.
The highly anticipated encounter took place at the 19 May 1956 Stadium in Annaba on Friday night.
Both sides played cautiously in the opening half looking for an opportunity to pounce for a goal but there were no such chances as the first half ended 0-0.
Back from the break Algeria were awarded a penalty in the 78th minute, but Ghana goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim pulled off a brilliant save to keep the game level.
Abdul Fatawu Issahaku scored a sensational goal from the centre circle with a powerful strike that zoomed into the net for the opener inside 83 minutes.
The Black Meteors could not hang on to the lead as they gave away another penalty which was converted to restore parity. There is plenty to play for in the 2nd leg scheduled for the Baba Yara Sports stadium on Tuesday, March 28, 2023.
The winner over the two legs will qualify to the 2023 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.