By Edmund Bobie
The Black Satellites struggled to bury numerous goal scoring chances against an organized Gabonese side, but they still stand a chance of qualifying for the show piece with the second leg away in Libreville in a fortnight.
The Ghanaian's started well from the blast of the whistle with some eye pleasing stuff; Prosper Kassim, after four minutes could have shot the Satellites ahead but the forward’s feeble effort was saved by Menene Mekosso in goal for Gabon. The action at the Accra Sports Stadium continued with Samuel Tetteh doing so well on the right flank for the Satellites but his shot in the 12th minute could only find the side net.
The host had another decent chance minutes after when Samuel Afful was put through after a swift move, but the Hasaacas hit man failed to trap the ball with the keeper at his mercy.
The visitors also came close to finding the opener when Lessa Loko's cross, almost beat Mutawakilu Seidu in goal for Ghana.
The Black Satellites continued their dominance but were let down by nervy touches in the final third.
Sellas Tetteh sought for reinforcement in the second half with the introduction of Eric Kumi, Kennedy Boateng and Benjamin Tetteh, their introduction however, failed to yield the needed results.
The best chance of the half fell to Samuel Afful after he showed great endeavor in the 78th minute, but the final ball was always rising.
The Black Satellites will now need a good result away in Libreville to qualify for the African Youth Championship to be hosted by Senegal next year in March.
Ghana XI: Mutawakilu Seidu, Owusu Bempah (C), Patrick Asmah, Steven Anokye Badu, Joseph Adjei Latif Abubakar, Thomas Agyapong, Yaw Yeboah, Samuel Afful,Samuel Tetteh, Prosper Kasim.
Substitutes: Micheal Sai, Christopher Bonney, Kennedy Boateng, Noah Martey, Benjamin Tetteh, Eric Kumi, Asiedu Attobrah.