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African Nations Cup MALI 2002
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
3rd place
Ghana - Morocco
Before: This match has widely been seen as predeciding for who will advance to the quarter finals at the side of South Africa, but after a 0:0 draw between South Africa and Burkina Faso the groups seems more open than ever.
It will be important to find the form right away in this first match and the young Ghanaian team might be capable to show that Ghana football is better than recently perceived. They will have to overcome a goal scoring problem (at the Nations Cup tournaments: 1994-2000 16 goals in 17 matches, a goal average of below 1, no match with more than 2 goals since 1982).
Compared to 2000 Morocco have brought youth into their squad but the Hadji refusal seems to indicate they will have to overcome some problems between foreign based and home based players to find a team spirit.
A very interesting match of uncertainties.
Morocco > read more
Ghana > read more
analysis of the age structure of the teams > click here

The match: Morocco are reported as the little better team in a match of few but great goal scenes. Both keepers had a spectacular save and Morocco the chance to decide the match in the second half when a counter opportunity set up a two against one situation which the Moroccans did not play out well. 
One day after the match the former Ghana captain Sammy Kuffour was sent home for too much interference with the team management.

match data as published by CAF Online:
Referee: Domenico Messina (ITA)
Ass. Referees: Vincent Texier (FRA), Taoufik Adjengui (TUN)
Attendance: 5 000 
Ghana: 12-Sammy Adjei, 4-Samuel Osei Kuffour, 5-John Mensah, 6-Yaw Amankwah Mireku, 15-Princeton Owusu-Ansah (14-George Blay, 51), 19-Kofi Amponsah, 8-Michael Essien, 16-Emmanuel Duah, 20-Ibrahim Abdul Razak, 13-Isaac Boakye (7-Matthew Amoah, 55), 17-Baffour Gyan (Alex Tachie-Mensah, 71).
Morocco: 22-Driss Benzerki, 3-Akram Roumani, 5-Abdelilah Fahmi, 6-Noureddine Naybet, 17-Gharib Amzine, 18-Youssef Chippo, 10-Adil Ramzi, 15-Youssef Safri, 9-Abdeljilal Hadda (8-Fouzi El Brazi, 88), 11-Hichem Zerouali (7-Rabii Lafoui, 79), 14-Bassir Salaheddine (20-Rachid Rokki, 59). 
Ghana: 17- Guan Baffour (38)
Morocco: 17- Amzine Gharib (70), 6- N. Naybet (85)


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