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AFCON 2023: Cape Verde goes top after defeating Ghana

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After taking the lead, the Blue Sharks continued to push Ghana, but it was the Black Stars who threatened in the latter third of the game. Majeed Ashimeru's spectacular shot for the national team was called out for offside after Ransford-Yeboah was assessed to have interfered with the goalkeeper's vision. To the pleasure of the Islanders, Ghana went into the interval behind.

Gary Rodrigues scored late in extra time to give Cape Verde all three points in their opening game against Ghana in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

When the game appeared to be going for a tie, the replacement scored to make it 2-1.

Cape Verde startled Ghana early on, with Jameiro Monteiro capitalising on a rebound to open the scoring after 17 minutes.

The forward was the first to react to Richard Ofori’s fall following Ryan Mendes’ long-range attempt.

After taking the lead, the Blue Sharks continued to push Ghana, but it was the Black Stars who threatened in the latter third of the game.

Majeed Ashimeru’s spectacular shot for the national team was called out for offside after Ransford-Yeboah was assessed to have interfered with the goalkeeper’s vision.

To the pleasure of the Islanders, Ghana went into the interval behind.

Chris Hughton’s troops came out of the break on top, and Djiku equalised immediately away.

The Fenerbahce centre defender finished on a Jordan Ayew corner to bring his team level.

Djiku saved the day once more, making two goal-saving clearances to keep the Black Stars in the game.

Ofori was called upon in the closing 10 minutes of the game and came up big on both occasions to keep Cape Verde at bay.

However, a lapse in defence by the Black Stars allowed Cape Verde to reclaim the lead and deliver Ghana a disappointing defeat.

Ghana will play Egypt in their next game on January 18 in an attempt to avenge their setback.

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

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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.

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2026 WCQ: Otto Addo expects a tight game against CAR

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"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.

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

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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.

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