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Sports News of Friday, 27 January 2006

Source: GNA

Black Stars revive hope ....

...with slender win over Senegal
PORT SAID, Egypt -- An early goal from Bundesliga-bound striker Matthew Amoah revived Ghana's hopes at the African Nations Cup, as they overcame Senegal 1-0 in their Group D match. (VIDEO))

Amoah, who joins Borussia Dortmund after the tournament, scored from a tight angle in the 13th minute to hand the World Cup finalists their first points.

Ghana now share three points with Senegal, setting up a tight finish to the group next week.

Both sides had a player sent off - Laryea Kingston of Ghana and Senegal fullback Habib Beye - after a mass brawl in the center of the pitch midway through the second half.

Amoah threatened the first chance for Ghana in the 10th minute but shot at Senegal goalkeeper Tony Sylva after a cross from Haminu Dramani, who continually threatened Senegal with his runs down the left wing.

After the goal, Ghana hit the woodwork through defender Emmanuel Pappoe in the 20th minute as they went in search of a second,

Senegal striker El Hadji Diouf, surprisingly substituted early in the second half, wasted his first chance by heading wide from a Henri Camara cross.

Sylva then failed to hold a thunderous shot from Ghana captain Stephen Appiah but both Amoah and his striking partner Joetex Frimpong were foiled in their bid to get to the rebound as half-time approached.

Kingston should have had Ghana further ahead just 20 seconds into the second half after an astute pass from Appiah but Sylva made a snap save.

Senegal then had the better of the chances with both Diouf and Fulham's Pape Bouba Diop, who came on after half-time, wasting free kicks on the edge of the box.

Teenager Rahmane Barry went wide with a shot after a strong run from Beye in the 56th minute and Ghana goalkeeper Sammy Adjei almost presented Senegal with a chance for an equaliser when he missed a cross 10 minutes from time.

The arrival of Mamadou Niang and Diomansy Kamara into the Senegal attack kept Ghana pinned back in their own half as the game drew to a close but after four anxious minutes of additional time, the Black Stars had secured the win.

  • MTN Man of the Match: Stephen Appiah.

  • Turning point: The sendings-off of Larryea Kingston and Habib Beye for a load of nonsense, which would never had happened had the Ghana man not fallen to the floor like a sack of spuds after minimal contact from the unfortunate Beye.

  • Talking point: Should Diomansy Kamara have been allowed to continue after dispossessing Adjei when the Ghana 'keeper was bouncing the ball? Ungentlemanely yes, but illegal no...