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MATCH REPORT: Zamalek 1-4 Ghana U23: Black Meteors whip Egyptian Knights in pre-AFCON friendly

A stupendous first half performance gave the Meteors a massive leap in the game with all five goals in the game coming off before the break

Ghana’s U23 side, the Black Meteors have blown off Egyptian giants Zamalek in a friendly match on Tuesday afternoon as part of their preparation for the u23 AFCON.

A stupendous first half performance gave the Meteors a massive leap in the game with all five goals in the game coming off before the break.

A hat trick from Emmanuel Yeboah and a 43rd minute strike from Emmanuel Apau showed how powerful the name Emmanuel will be for Ghana at the AFCON tournament.

Yeboah’s quest to first Ghana in front was successful in the 11th minute of the game when he broke the virginity of the game to set up a blistering start for the Meteors.

The Egyptian knights fought back to level the score just 5 minutes after Yeboah’s opener.

But the unstoppable CFR Cluj forward restored the lead for Ghana on the 25th minute mark with another brilliant finish.

As if that was not enough, Yeboah fired Ghana into a 2-goal lead by finishing his hat trick with 4 minutes to the break.

The dejected Zamalek side had no answers to Ghana’s attacking firepower as Apau added the fourth for Ghana with 2 minutes to draw the curtain on the first half.

The second half proved difficult for Ghana to get the back of the net again as the Zamalek side look to have provided cover for their porous defending.

Ghana managed the second half of the game avoiding any goal from Zamalek to finish the game with the 4-1 lead.

The game is the second for the Meteors in their build up to the U23 AFCON to be played in Morocco later this month.

Ghana had earlier crossed swords with the Egyptian U23 side in a game that ended in a 1-1 stalemate on Thursday.

The Meteors are expected to wrap up their preparations for the tournament and depart for Morocco in the coming days.

Below is Ghana’s Starting XI for the game:

Jordan Amissah

Ebenezer Adade, Edmund Arko Mensah, Terry Yegbe, Nathaniel Adjei

Hafiz Ibrahim, Salim Adams, Sylvester Simba, Emmanuel Appau

Godwin Bentil, Emmanuel Yeboah

Sheikh Tophic Sienu

Tophic Abdul-Kadir with the pen name Sheikh Tophic Sienu is a Ghanaian journalist with specialization in sports reporting and media consultancy. He has been a practicing sports journalist since 2008 and a media consultant for many government agencies and private sector organizations. He studied Communications Studies at the Christian Service University College in Kumasi and is currently pursuing an MA in Strategic communications at the African University college of communications in Accra. He also holds B.ed in Basic Education from the University of Education, Winneba. Married and blessed with two handsome boys and a girl, Sheikh Tophic Sienu resides in Accra, the capital of Ghana and currently works as the editor for West Africa’s fastest growing football portal – FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh Until his appointment as editor for FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh, Sheikh Tophic Sienu was the editor for the colourful football portal 442gh.com and also spent three years with the biggest football website in Ghana, GHANAsoccernet.com as a writer and reporter. He is a regular television analyst/football pundit on Ghana Television (GTV), Metro TV as well as serving as a pundit for the Bundesliga on match days on GTV Sports+. He’s highly respected for his knowledge of the African game, his punditry on the German Bundesliga as well as his admiration and consistent updates of the Bundesliga, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup as well as the AFCON on social and mainstream media. He is one of a few football writers in Ghana to have had the opportunity of traveling to cover the Bundesliga on a media visit organized by the DfB International and broadcast partners StarTimes. He is a well-organized team player, detailed-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks. He has covered several events including top international sporting events – Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), West Africa football Union (WAFU) and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar- as well as serving as a consultant for several football clubs and media outlets in Ghana. He is a perfectionist and always wants to achieve the best out of the lot. He is always a unifier wherever he is found as well as helping to accelerate the achievement of goals and has positioned himself as a valuable resource in a variety of situations. Even though he believes in certificates, he believes in what he can do more than what he has. He is highly connected in the Ghanaian media as well as several Africa countries and is a valuable asset to facilitate and accelerate the achievement of goals through the media and communication industry.

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