The match between Ghana and Madagascar in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers ended in a dull goalless draw, leaving fans longing for excitement.
Despite the draw, Ghana remains at the top of Group E with 9 points, followed by Angola with 8, the Central African Republic with 7, and Madagascar with 2.
Here are five key takeaways from the match:
1.Joseph Aidoo and Daniel Amartey’s defensive partnership struggled
In the absence of Alexander Djiku, Coach Chris Hughton paired Aidoo and Amartey at the back. However, their lack of communication resulted in misplaced passes and tackles, putting goalkeeper Ati Zigi under unnecessary pressure.
2. Jordan Ayew’s lack of clinical finishing
The Crystal Palace attacker failed to find the back of the net, often drifting wide and dropping deep instead of staying central to pose a goal-scoring threat.
3. Scoring goals remains a challenge
Throughout the qualifiers, the Black Stars have struggled to break down their opponents’ defenses. Despite enjoying significant possession, they have lacked the clinical touch when it matters most.
4. Difficulty in maintaining possession
Ghana had difficulty holding onto the ball for extended periods, hindering their ability to launch effective attacks. The strong and fast-paced midfielders of Madagascar consistently outplayed the Black Stars’ midfield during the match.
5. Lack of creativity and precision in the final third
The Black Stars lacked creativity when in possession, struggling to initiate effective counter-attacks. As the game progressed, they struggled to deliver accurate final passes to their attackers. Ghana often found it challenging to unlock a deep-sitting opposition defense, increasing the pressure on the team.
These shortcomings highlight areas that Ghana will need to address in order to improve their performance and secure positive results in future matches.