Ghana’s U20 national team, the Black Satellites, played out a goalless drawn game against Morocco in their second group game at the ongoing U20 African Cup of Nations in Mauritania on Friday night.
The draw at the Stade Municipal Nouadhibou denies Ghana an early qualification into the quarter-final, level on four points with Morocco, but ahead on goal difference.
Ghana dominated the first-half in terms of possession, while the Moroccans troubled the Black Satellites defense more.
Percious Boah forced Alaa Bellaarouch to tip his beautifully curled free-kick over the bar before the Baby Atlas Lions came close on two occasions.
Frank Assinki had to make a late first-half head clearance to deny Morocco from breaking the deadlock with the last kick to end it goalless.
The Moroccans came back into the second-half with a lot of intensity, getting most of the attempts on goal again.
Karim Zito’s side still dominated possession in the second period of the game, while Morocco took charge of the attempts at goal.
There was an injury scare late in the game, when a Ghanaian player, believed to be Sampson Agyapong, was hit in the face by an opponent’s knee and was carried out unconscious.
He was only an 85th minute substitute and the free-kick still given against him.
The game ended goalless at full-time, with Ghana still maintaining its place at the top with 4 points, ahead of Morocco only on goal difference in Group C after two games played.
The Black Satellites will play The Gambia in their last group game on Monday, February 22, 2021.