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Last Sunday Mauritius kicked off their Afcon 2017 campaign in Accra and were thumped 7-1 by the Black Stars. It was another game where they had conceded a significant amount goals away from home, Club M fans will remember the Senegal game from five years ago when they were beaten 7-0 in Dakar.
Newcastle’s Papiss Demba Cissé ran riot in the game and scored a hat-trick, Mamou Niang, Moussa Sow, and an own goal from Joye Estazie finished The Dodos off.
Fast forward to 2015 and the nightmare continued for Alain Happe’s side. AFC Bournemouth‘s Christian Atsu put the Black Stars ahead in the 11th minute from heading in from close range.
The Ghanaians doubled their lead six minutes later, Jordan Ayew slotted in from close range, from kick-off the home side dominated in the Mauritian final third of the pitch and at two nil down the defense looked completely shell shocked with the likes of Asamoah Gyan causing havoc in the box.
After setting up Ayew’s earlier goal, Gyan was rewarded six minutes later when the Lorient striker crossed in from the right hand side, one of the Mauritian defenders failed to clear Ayew’s cross and Gyan was in the right place at the right time to convert from close range.
The Al Ain player got his second seven minutes later from heading in from a corner and two minutes later the islanders scored their first goal of the campaign, Andy Sophie scored to give Club M fans something to shout about. The Mauritian striker who plays his trade for Réunion side AS Marsouins and who was first called up into the Club M squad back in 2007 has now scored four goals.
The onslaught continued, Jordan Ayew got his second just before half time, once again, poor defending from Mauritius once again cost them as Ayew was able to put the ball passed Club M keeper Kevin Jean-Louis with ease.
— Ghana FA (@ghanafaofficial) June 14, 2015
— AFC Bournemouth News (@AFCBNewsForFans) June 14, 2015
Lool I knew ghana was gonna beat us man 😂 still love Mauritius for trying, we will qualify one day — Bella (@isabellalaye) June 14, 2015
Ghana 5 – Mauritius 1 and it’s just first half. What a massacre. — Daniel F Yamoah (@DanielFYamoah) June 14, 2015
Above: Half time tweets
Leicester’s Jeff Schlupp scored his first goal in a Black Stars shirt in the 66th minute, a well worked one-two lead to the 22 year old defender hitting a left footed effort past Kevin Jean-Louis.
David Accam also got his first goal for Ghana and wrapped up the game in the 90th minute. Once again, the unlucky seven came back to haunt Club M in West Africa. So are there any positives at all from the game in Accra? Despite The Dodos being severely mauled in the Ghanaian capital there are some positives to take from the game, firstly, Ipswich’s Kevin Bru set up Andy Sophie’s goal, he is still establishing himself in the side and he brings a lot of overall quality and experience from playing at Championship level. In addition, it would was good to see that Club M attempted to play more of an attacking style of play than what we have seen in previous games.
As simple as it may sound, the key for Mauritius is to keep playing football, pulling out of previous tournaments in my opinion has definitely hindered the national team, however, giving promising youngsters such as Ludovic Lafoudre and Laurent Coralie who have been playing well for their clubs is another positive for Club M. Mauritius’ next test will be against Mozambique at home on the 5th of September.
The Mambas kicked off their African Cup of Nations 2017 campaign against Rwanda at home in Maputo. However, Rwanda picked up the three points at the Estádio do Zimpeto, Ernest Sugira scored early for the away side. Northern Irish manager Johnny McKinstry grabbed his first victory for Rwanda since joining The Wasps back in March.