Connect with us

Sports

AFCON 2023: Black Stars on the verge of elimination following late comeback versus Mozambique

Published

on

The Genk player swapped flanks and made a terrific move down the right, beating his marker before getting fouled in the box. Prior to that play, Antoine Semenyo should have broken the stalemate for the Black Stars, but the Mozambique goalkeeper pushed his shot over the crossbar.

To escape a stunning group-stage elimination at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the second year in a row, the Black Stars will need other results.

Ghana lost a two-goal lead late in their last Group B game of the competition, drawing 2-2 and facing elimination.

Jordan Ayew’s brace from the spot appeared to put Ghana on track for their first win of the campaign, but Geny Catamo and Reinildo scored to deny the Black Stars all three points.

Ayew scored the opener for Ghana after 15 minutes, comfortably converting from the penalty spot after Joseph Paintsil was hauled down.

The Genk player swapped flanks and made a terrific move down the right, beating his marker before getting fouled in the box.

Prior to that play, Antoine Semenyo should have broken the stalemate for the Black Stars, but the Mozambique goalkeeper pushed his shot over the crossbar.

Ghana relaxed after gaining the lead, and Mozambique had more possession, but they were unable to make effective use of it.

Chris Hughton had to make a substitute after Majeed Ashimeru was unable to complete the game, and Iddrisu Baba took his place.

Ghana had the lead, but Mozambique came out from break as the better team, almost bringing them even.

A header inside the penalty box flew wide of Ghana’s post before Richard Ofori made a nice stop off of Bruno Langa’s shot.

However, following a fine run of play, Ghana gained a second penalty after a Mohammed Kudus effort bounced off Reinildo’s arm.

Ayew went up again and converted coolly to extend the team’s advantage, putting the squad on track for the most points.

Just as it appeared that the game would end 2-0, Mozambique was granted a penalty when Andre Ayew’s hand made contact with the ball.

The subsequent penalty was converted, making it 2-1.

Richard Ofori gave up an unnecessary corner kick minutes before full time, which Atletico Madrid defender Reinildo headed in to level the game.

Ghana will have to wait until the rest of the groups end on Wednesday to discover if their two points and -1 goal difference are enough to advance to the knockout rounds.

Sports

Ghana coach Otto Addo: We will not relax against CAR in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers

Published

on

By

They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros. Despite the remarkable win over Mali's favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus. "One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. "For everyone who thinks it'll be easy, we hope it is, but it's a very difficult game," Addo told reporters on Sunday. "We can't relax now," said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach. The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

Otto Addo, Black Stars coach, has advised his players to be focused and not take their next encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) lightly.

Ghana will face CAR on Monday, June 10, at the Baba Yara Stadium in the fourth of four matchdays in the 2026 World Cup qualification.

The Black Stars came into this game off a 2-1 victory against Mali in Bamako, raising their total to six points in three games.

They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros.

Despite the remarkable win over Mali’s favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus.

“One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. “For everyone who thinks it’ll be easy, we hope it is, but it’s a very difficult game,” Addo told reporters on Sunday.

“We can’t relax now,” said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach.

The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

Continue Reading

Sports

2026 WCQ: Otto Addo expects a tight game against CAR

Published

on

By

"This is going to be really difficult. "For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don't believe it will happen," remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach. "They're performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They're quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali," he continued. The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

Ghana coach Otto Addo expects a tough encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Black Stars will meet CAR in the fourth round of matches on Monday at Baba Yara Stadium, with kickoff at 19:00 GMT.

Reflecting on their recent comeback win over Mali in Bamako during the third round, Addo emphasised the importance of the forthcoming encounter against CAR.

“This is going to be really difficult. “For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don’t believe it will happen,” remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach.

“They’re performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They’re quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali,” he continued.

The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

Continue Reading

Sports

Mohammed Kudus: Qualifying for the 2026 World Cup is the ultimate objective

Published

on

By

417424481 3670232479854890 7953597730613903202 n

Ghana striker Mohammed Kudus has stated that the Black Stars are aiming to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

The squad recently returned to form, defeating Mali 2-1 in Bamako on their third matchday, due to second-half goals from Ernest Nuamah and Jordan Ayew.

With this victory, Ghana is presently third in Group I with six points.

Ahead of their matchday four against the Central African Republic on Monday at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kudus, who plays for West Ham United, emphasised that the Black Stars’ primary goal is to qualify for the coveted event in 2026.

“The belief has always existed; that we all want to go to the World Cup. “That is our ultimate goal, regardless of how we achieve it,” Kudus told the press on Sunday.

“Our coach has his strategies, but sometimes the game gets tougher. “We just have to do our best and get the results,” he said.

Kudus is likely to play an important part for Ghana when they face the Central African Republic in this critical qualifier.

The highly anticipated encounter is due to begin at 19:00 GMT.

Continue Reading

Trending