Ghana’s Black Stars could not hold on to a first-half lead after it was cancelled in the second half by the the Walias of Ethiopia.
Ghana drew 1-1 in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier with the Ethiopia in a Group G penultimate qualifier at the Orlando Stadium in South Africa.
Skipper Andre Dede Ayew gave Ghana the lead in the 22nd minute from a free-kick, however it was cancelled by a 72nd-minute strike from Getaneh Kebede.
The result put the Black Stars in a very difficult situation, needing a convincing win over South Africa in the final qualifier in Ghana to progress to the last phase of qualifiers.
On the 22nd minute mark, Ghana drew first blood through Dede Ayew who expertly converted a free kick for the opener.
Back from recess, the Ethiopians doubled up in empty spaces in the Ghanaian area and pressed for the equalizer.
A 57th-minute error by Kudus Mohammed presented Amanuel Yohannes’s possession and laid a pass to El Gouna FC midfielder, Shemeles Bekele whose long drive rattled the crossbar.
The Ethiopians kept pushing till they had the equaliser in the 72nd minute when a defensive error presented Kebede the chance to blast home the equaliser.
South Africa beat Zimbabwe by a lone goal raising their points to 13. Ethiopia’s points tally increased to four and Ghana’s to 10 points.