Ghana’s Black Stars failed to score in their final warm-up match to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals with South Africa Saturday afternoon.
The practice match, played behind closed doors at the Police Academy Stadium in Al-Jalal, Dubai ended goalless.
Head coach Kwasi Appiah started the game with what looked like his strongest starting line-up for the upcoming Afcon in Egypt.
Both sides had a slow start but the Black Stars were the quickest to gather momentum after ten minutes and came close twice to break the deadlock but were unable to convert their chances.
The Black Stars felt they had scored a legitimate goal just before the half-hour water break when Christian Atsu’s effort was cleared behind the line but the Omani referees overlooked the calls.
After the water break midway through the half, South Africa had a chance to break the deadlock on the stroke of halftime from a dead-ball situation but Percy Tau’s effort sailed just wide of Richard Ofori’s upright.
Kwasi Appiah effected as many as eight changes in the second half with Joseph Aidoo, Joseph Attamah, Felix Annan and Lawrence Ati-Zigi the members of Ghana’s final Afcon squad who couldn’t get some minutes in the game.
Sparta Rotterdam forward Lars Veldwijk, after coming on for Bafana, almost broke the deadlock five minutes inside the second half but his effort was parried away by Ofori.
Ghana nearly snatched victory in second-half stoppage time through Asamoah Gyan whose header struck the frame of the goal as the clash ended in a barren stalemate.
The Black Stars will now be wrapping up their preparations for the Afcon finals for the next five days and leave Dubai for Egypt on June 20.
Ghana, who will be based in Ismalia for their first two games in Group F, face Benin in their tournament opener on June 25 before taking on Cameroon four days later and Guinea-Bissau on July 2 in Suef.