Although the Black Stars of Ghana were favourites going to the clash, they failed to register a victory as they drew 0-0 against Comoros in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier on Friday afternoon at Stade International Saïd Mohamed Cheikh de Mitsamiouli.
Coach Avram Grant will have to sharpen his forwards, including the enterprising Andrew Ayew, for the second leg of the encounter which will be held at home next Tuesday.
Les Coelecantes displayed their intentions in the early stages of the encounter when Mohamed Soule nearly grabbed the lead as he struck the woodwork with a beautiful long range effort.
Although it remained goalless at the interval, the second stanza saw the Black Stars struggling to open up the hosts’ defence, having to manoeuvre on the artificial turf.
However, the Black Stars came so close twice in a matter of seconds as they hit the woodwork with goalkeeper Ben Boina beaten hands down.
They first had a chance through Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, and Andre Ayew also came close to notching the lead.
With less than five minutes remaining, both nations failed to create goal scoring chances and they both settled for a goalless stalemate.
Grant has an assignment to bag a win at home and boost their chances of making it into the group stages and get closer to reaching Russia in 2018.
The return clash will be staged next Tuesday, November 17 at Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi at 15:00.