The Black Meteors of Ghana has lost the third-place match of the 2019 CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament to South Africa on penalties this afternoon at the Cairo International Stadium.
The battle for the third-place finish started off on a hot note with both sides throwing men forward in search of the opening goal. Ten minutes into the first half, South Africa appeared to have more intent and went on to grab the first goal.
Black Meteors center-back Habib Mohammed, unfortunately, conceded an own-goal as he tried to defend a cut-back low cross from pacey South Africa attacker Singh.
Having taken a deserved lead, the side could have added at least two more but were wasteful as Ghana held on to go into the break with just one behind.
A change in personnel at the break saw Black Meteors coach Ibrahim Tanko bringing on Issah Abass to replace captain Yaw Yeboah who in truth didn’t look sharp in the opening 45 minutes.
Ten minutes into the second half, a stupendous effort from winger Evans Owusu restored parity for Ghana to give them hope of emerging victorious at the end of the 90 minutes.
A series of ding dong affairs resulted in South Africa restoring their lead on the 62nd minute courtesy a strike from substitute Kamohelo Mahlatsi.
Ghana remained resolute and went on to pull level for the second time in the match with five minutes to end proceedings. This time around it was striker Samuel Obeng who finished off a good attacking play from Evans Mensah.
With the match draw at the end of the 90 minutes, the game headed into the penalty shootout with South Africa winning 6-5 to clinch third place at the CAF U-23 AFCON.