Ghana’s CHAN Black Stars were held to a 1-1 drawn game in an international friendly at the Accra Sports Stadium on Thursday.
The Beninois scored first through striker Ogoulola Ibrahim was cancelled by Awal Mohammed’s spot kick before the break.
A miscalculation from Ghana goalie Richard Ofori left a dangling ball in front of a running Ibrahim who drove a powerful shot to give the visitors the lead.
The Ghanaians pressed harder for the equaliser but the Beninoires defended excellently to deny them the equaliser.
Ghana winger Joseph Paintsil had to make an early bow for Zakaria Mumuni to replace him due to an injury.
A few minutes to end the first half, Patrick Razak was brought down in the box after he swiftly turned round his marker but Prosper Adii was right there to give Ghana a penalty.
Awal Mohammed stood behind the ball and sent the Benin goalie the wrong way to restore parity before the break.
Ghana returned from the break with four substitutions to strengthen their side in a game that was hugely marred by an earlier rain.
Ghana kept the heat on the visitors forcing right back Osseni Ayide to commit another bookable offence to take an early shower given Ghana a numerical advantage.
The ten-man Beninoires side resorted to delaying time to chew off the exciting game when they were under the heat.
Meanwhile, Seven of these CHAN team players have been handed call ups into the senior national team in Kwesi Appiah’s first major call up since he returned as head coach of the Black Stars.
Wa All Stars goalie Richard Ofori, Kotoko’s Felix Annan and Aduana’s Joseph Addo have all been named in the squad as well as Hearts of Oak midfielder Winful Cobinnah and Aduana defender Daniel Darkwah.
Liberty Professionals skipper Samuel Sarfo has also been handed a call up with Nicholas Opoku also named in the squad as coach Kwesi Appiah expects to use these matches to grant opportunities to new players to showcase their talents.