AWCON 2018: Kwesi Appiah joins Gyan & Ayew as Black Queens suffer defeat against Mali
Black Stars skipper, Asamoah Gyan and his deputy Andre Ayew joined Coach Kwesi Appiah were at the Accra Sports Stadium as the Black Queens suffered a 2-1 defeat against their Malian counterparts in the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON).
Gyan and Ayew moved to the stadium after a meeting with Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House.
The duo would be disappointed as they watch the tournament hosts crash to a 2-1 defeat in Group A.
The Malian scored the only goal of the first half in the 38 minutes.
The Queens lost possession and Patricia in post in her quest to save the situation brought down Bassira Toure.
The Malian striker stepped forward to score perfectly from the spot kick to put his side in the driving seat.
After the interval the Black Queens came into the game and pinned their Malian counterparts to their own half.
But they fluffed the opportunities that came their way, coupled with fantastic goalkeeping from the Malian goalkeeper to deny Ghana the much-needed equaliser.
However, their persistence paid off following the introduction of the captain of the team Elizabeth Addo.
Sharifatu Sumaila forcefully won a ball and put Elizabeth Addo the skipper through and he was brought down in the 18-yard box.
The referee awarded a penalty which was connected home by Addo to give Ghana the equalizer.
However, a few minutes later Mali restored their lead once again through Bassira Toure- She registered the goal from a goalmouth melee after the goalkeeper Mantey had been beaten to the ball following a challenge.
Bassira Toure was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the game.
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