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12.03.2007 Football News

Meteors For All Africa Games

Ghana's Black Meteors last Saturday in Abuja picked a ticket to the All Africa Games, after holding their Nigerian counterparts to a 1-1 draw.

Ghana thus qualify on technical grounds on account of their away goal.

The entire Ghanaian team led by their able Coach, Jones Attuquayefio, was overwhelmed with joy after the shrill whistle of the Senegalese referee went for the end of the match, leaving the thousands of Nigerian fans who thronged the stadium in dreamland.

The Meteors were held to a goalless draw in the first leg of the match played at the Sunyani Coronation Park in Ghana, a fortnight ago.

the Ghanaians thus entered the game as the obvious underdogs but instead of being weighed down by the odds, the Meteors proved resilient and kept at bay all the threatening moves launched by the Nigerian attack, with defender Isaac Vorsah and goalkeeper Eric Nii Baah emerging heroes in the drama.

After a scoreless first half, Michael Helegbe scored Ghana's goal in the 63rd minute. The skipper slipped through a sloppy offside trap and lobbed the ball over the advancing Nigerian keeper.

However, six minutes later, Nigeria drew level after having a doubtful spot kick awarded them which Adefemi Olubayo converted past goalkeeper Eric Nii Baah to make the scoreline 1-1.

Line-up: Nii Baah, Kennedy Korley, Alfred Arthur, Isaac Vorsah, Bawa Mumuni, Kumordze, Michael Akuffo, Samson Cudjoe, Michael Helegbe, Sadat Bukari and Emmanuel Clottey.