Wakaso Pockets US$ 700 For Man-of-the-Match Award in South Africa Friendly

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Mubarak Wakaso was adjudged man of the match in Ghana’s 1-1 draw with South Africa on Tuesday in an international friendly.

He was awarded 10,000 Rands (US$ 700) from sponsor Castle Larger.

The Panathinaikos man shot the Black Stars into the lead from the spot after Harrison Afful was brought down inside the box.

He was assertive in the middle of the park with his runs, calibration of passes and scything into tackles

Black Stars Draw With South Africa in Durban

Ghana shared the spoils 1-1 with South Africa in an international friendly played at the Moses Madida stadium in Durban on Tuesday evening.

Mubarak Wakaso’s first half strike from the spot was cancelled out by a fine attempt from Ayanda Patosi in the second department to end the game in a stalemate.

The Black Stars dominated proceedings in the first half, controlling for most of the half as they help Bafana back in their own half, applying pressure down the right side and through the middle.

Christian Atsu had the better of Thabo Matlaba in the first stanza, while Wakaso and Thomas Partey ran circles around Dean Furman and Oupa Manyisa in the centre of the park.

It was Harrison Afful, however, who surged forward after Manyisa’s pass to Ayanda Patosi was intercepted, and the right back was brought down by debutant Isaac Nhlapo in the 36th minute.

Wakaso nominated himself to take the spot kick and he fired a powerful shot past Bafana Bafana goalkeeper to hand the Black Stars a 1-0 lead at half time.

South Africa made the perfect start to the second half as they levelled matters in the 51st minute. Sibusiso Vilakazi teed up Ayanda Patosi, who curled a shot past Adam Kwarasey

Here’s how they lined up:

South Africa: Mhlongo, Mobara, Nhlapo, Hlatshwayo, Matlaba, Patosi, Manyisa, Furman, Mahlangu, Rodgers, Vilakazi

Ghana: Kwarasey, Afful, Baba, Amartey, Boye, Wakaso, Atsu, Partey, Waris, Tetteh, Acheampong
After equalising, South Africa inched their way back into the game after their visitors dominated the possession stakes for much of the tie.

Bafana Bafana came close to securing full points in the dying embers of the game but were unlucky as they fluffed a couple of glaring opportunities

Here’s how they lined up:

South Africa: Mhlongo, Mobara, Nhlapo, Hlatshwayo, Matlaba, Patosi, Manyisa, Furman, Mahlangu, Rodgers, Vilakazi

Ghana: Kwarasey, Afful, Baba, Amartey, Boye, Wakaso, Atsu, Partey, Waris, Tetteh, Acheampong

 

Source: GhanaSoccernet