AFCON 2017 Black Stars held in Maputo as Mozambique earn first point

Match report of the goalless draw between Mozambique and Ghana in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game

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The second was no different in key measures from the first. The lack of a goal after 90 minutes of play meant the four goals in the first were sights to appreciate.

Two Africa Cup of Nations qualifying games in the space of four intercepted by flight trips was going to have some effect on players as it did as Mozambique and Ghana played out a goalless draw in Maputo on Sunday afternoon.

The first fixture has no zeal but produced four goals with Ghana taking all three points at the Accra Stadium with a 3-1 victory.

In Maputo, Mozambique showed why they had no win or draw in Group H prior to them hosting the Black Stars of Ghana for the first time.

Abel Xavier’s men controlled possession in the early stages but proved no threat to their visitors who had come into the game with high morale after cruising to a confortable victory last Thursday.

Ghana gradually grew into the game after taking their time to study Mozambique’s approach to the game.

The Black Stars however could not produce to potency in front of goal as they showed at the Accra Sports Stadium with Avram Grant’s men fluffing their chances in Maputo.

Ebenezer Assifuah, a player who was given his Black Stars debut in the game against Mozambique was the likeliest to score but missed his chances in awe relative to his prolific goal scoring abilities.

The game provided no real threat with the second half showing the fatigue on the part of the players.

Both sides missed a few chances but the game was far from an entertaining one.

At the end of 90 minutes of football, Mozambique 0-0 Ghana.

The draw puts Ghana in a comfortable position in making it to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Mozambique also earned their first point in the stalemate as they lie rock bottom of Group H in the qualifiers.

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