Internationals: Defeat for Baba; Mendy misses out

The 27-year-old, on loan this season at Reading, played at left-back against Morocco in a game in which the goalscoring opportunities came late on.

The winner was on 83 minutes, scored by former Southampton player Sofiane Boufal. Shortly before that, Morocco keeper Bono saved Ghana’s one decent effort from Joseph Paintsil with a good stop at the other end from Jojo Wollacott right at the end preventing a 2-0 defeat.

Earlier in the second half, a Baba cross had made an opportunity for Andre Ayew who shot over.

Morocco did not include Hakim Ziyech in their squad for the tournament which started yesterday in Cameroon.

Senegal were in action earlier in the day but without Edouard Mendy who has tested positive for Covid-19. His nation still won 1-0 thanks to a Sadio Mane penalty seven minutes into added time.

Senegal and Ghana are next in action on Friday.

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