El Ahly Shandi 0-0 Medeama: Vital away draw for Yellow and Mauves

Medeama put up a spirited performance to hold Sudanese side El Ahly Shandi to a goalless stalemate in the Caf Confederations Cup on Sunday.

The Ghanaian outfit undoubtedly walked away the happier side after avoiding defeat in the second round first leg fixture at the Shendi Stadium.

The Yellow and Mauves secured their qualification to this stage of the competition at the expense of Libyan side Al Ittihad on a 2-1 aggregate.

After losing 1-0 in the away first leg fixture, Tom Strand’s men won the second leg 2-0 at home at the Sekondi-Essipong Sports Stadium.

El Shandi, on the other hand, progressed courtesy of away goal rule following a 2-2 aggregate draw with Congolese side Saint Eloi Lupopo.

Medeama came into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat of Bechem United in the Ghana Premier League last weekend.

Coach Strand named a strong line-up for the encounter, with goalkeeper Muntari Tagoe, Abass Mohammed, Kwesi Donsu and Malik Akowuah picking up starting spots.

Right from the blast of referee Daniel Batte’s whistle for commencement of the game, the home side started pressing for an early goal but found Medeama’s backline of Samuel Adade, Paul Aidoo, Daniel Amoah and Moses Sarpong hard to break.

Back from recess, Shandi kept on probing for the opener but that did not prevent the visitors from having their fair share of chances with Samuel Bio and Mohammed both coming close.

The Yellow and Mauves will host the North African side for the return encounter at the Sekondi-Essipong Sports Stadium on April 20.

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