The Black Stars of Ghana lost to Nali in a three-nil encounter in a friendly game on Friday, October 9, 2020. This game featured many new players as well as it was the first coaching game of Charles Kwabla Akunnor.
The Malian side has less of fame that the Black Stars but they won the game. Notable big names like Thomas Partey, Andre Ayew, and Jordan Ayew were not able to lead Ghana to victory.
With many of the players making their senior debut for the Black Stars, much was expected from them. While some impressed, others fell below expectations.
Here are the 5 talking points from the Ghana vs Mali game
1. Low level of creativity
The Black Stars of Ghana played the football match with less creativity in the play. There was nothing better that was created by the Ghanaian side as the Malians dominated the game. With the low spirit levels of the midfield, attackers had nothing to feed on and thus freeing the Malian goalkeeper. Ghanaians are fuming for the team to bring on Kudus Mohammed to lighten up the creativity in the midfield.
2. Goalkeeping errors
This game was a test for young goalkeeper Lawrence Ati Zigi. The 23-year-old St. Gallen shot-stopper had a very bad day with his abysmal performance. Although he had much of the blame to take for, his defense was also unsupportive and unproductive in the match. Conceding three goals against a Malian side is not very impressive from the Ghanaian standard.
3. Ayew brothers big disapointment
Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew both started the game and were below average. As the game went by, many Ghanaians were hoping CK Akunnor would substitute one of them. It seemed that although they were not impressive, the Black Stars coach had no power to substitute them. Ayew brothers had a very good campaign in their club sides but cannot prove themselves when they don the Ghana jersey.
4. Unproductive Thomas Partey
Thomas Partey has been in the news headlines for days after he made a move to Arsenal. As he was to play for the Black Stars, many eyes were on him to see how good he actually is. Unfortunately, the 27-year-old defensive midfielder was below average in the game. The masterclass of Amadou Haidara and Doucoure in the Malian midfield made him unproductive in the midfield. It is reported that due to his transfer saga, he touched down at the Black Stars camp very late.
5. Tariqe Fosu’s great debut
24-year-old Brentford winger, Tariqe Fosu made an impressive debut for the Black Stars. The youngster was one of the Black Stars players who played very well with full confidence. Although he was shifted to the defensive flanks, his link-up play was very encouraging. He may have written his name in Ghana’s football team’s future stars with his performance.
Ghana will face Qatar on Monday as they continue with their friendly games.