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AFCON 2023: Kudus scores twice as Black Stars draw against Egypt

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For the most of the first half, neither team posed much of a danger, but Egypt controlled the ball more. Rui Vitoria had to make a first-half substitution when Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was unable to continue due to what seemed to be a hamstring injury. Kudus made the difference shortly after coming off the bench, scoring his first goal in the continental tournament with a brilliant curler that beat the custodian and put Ghana ahead.

In their second group encounter against Egypt at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), the Black Stars twice gave away the lead to draw.

Mohammed Kudus scored twice in the game, but individual blunders cost the team three points, culminating in a 2-2 tie against the Pharaohs.

The Black Stars had a strong start, taking the game to the Egyptians, but were unable to open up their defence.

Kudus got his first opportunity at goal, but the custodian easily stopped his shot from just beyond the area.

For most of the first half, neither team posed much of a danger, but Egypt controlled the ball more.

Rui Vitoria had to make a first-half substitution when Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was unable to continue due to what seemed to be a hamstring injury.

Kudus made the difference shortly after coming off the bench, scoring his first goal in the continental tournament with a brilliant curler that beat the custodian and put Ghana ahead.

The West Ham United player received a feed from Salis Abdul Samed and beat his marker to open the score.

Egypt almost got back into the game minutes after the break, but their set-piece goal was called out for offside.

Richard Ofori was again called into action seconds later, but the Orlando Pirates’ custodian made an excellent stop.

Egypt finally equalised through Marmoush, who took advantage of Inaki Williams’ back pass, rounding off the custodian and playing the ball into an empty net.

However, their pleasure was short-lived, as Kudus scored again, this time off a ball from Denis Odoi.

He restored the team’s lead, but Ghana failed to capitalise on it for the second time.

Trezeguet stripped replacement Osman Bukari of the ball before sending up a teammate for the equaliser, making it 2-2.

Despite a late effort from both sides, there was no winner at the end of regulation time, with the points split.

The Black Stars will now be banking on their final game against Mozambique to advance to the next stage of the competition.

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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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