Ghana’s Black Stars were handed a reality check after the four times African champions were thumped 3-0 by the Desert Warriors of Algeria in a pre-AFCON friendly at the Education City Stadium in Qatar.
Adam Ounas gave the Algerians a first half lead, before an own goal from Jonathan Mensah and Islam Slimani’s cool finish ensured the African and Arab champions head to AFCON with a confidence-boosting victory.
Ghana were poor right at the start of the game as Algeria dominated and controlled the match, and halfway through the first stanza, Adam Ounas roasted defender Gideon Mensah before firing at the near post which goalkeeper Manaf Nurudeen failed to grab.
The 2019 champions held on till half-time but after the break teen sensation, Fataw Issahaku, forced Algeria goalie Rais M’Bolhi into making a good save.
The Black Stars matched their opponents boot to boot, but the Algerians showed quality, forcing US-based defender Jonathan Mensah to turn a cross into his own net with ten minutes left.
Islam Slimani rounded off a brilliant performance after tapping home his side’s third in the whitewashing of the Black Stars.