Black Stars draw blank against Saudi Arabia

13 years ago

Ghana despite dominating possession played out a 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia in a friendly on Wednesday in Dubai.

A slow start to the game saw Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan all go close to finding target.

However, Gyan couldn’t reproduce the form that has seen him score four goals in his last three games for Sunderland as Ghana went close to breaking the deadlock shortly before halftime when Gyan's shot was tipped over the crossbar by Walid Abdullah.

After the break, stand-in Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah introduced Samuel Inkoom and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu for Kevin-Prince Boateng and Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.

Moments later, Emmanuel Clottey joined the fray in place of Kwadwo Asamoah.

With 10 minutes to end play, Gyan could have sealed victory but a header to an Inkoom cross was too weak to have beaten Walid for a goal.

The game marked the end of a busy international calender with Ghana having played in two major competitions - African Nations Cup and World Cup and a number of friendly games.

The next fixture for the Black Stars is an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo in March.

Starting line up: Richard Kingson, John Paintsil, David Addy, Lee Addy, Jonathan Mensah, Anthony Annan, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie/Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Kevin-Prince Boateng/Samuel Inkoom, Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah//Emmanuel Clottey, Andre Ayew

Subs: Sammy Adjei, Samuel Inkoom, Harrison Afful, Isaac Vorsah, Karim Alhassan, , Bernard Kumordzi, Emmanuel Clottey