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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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Rigobert Song steps down as Cameroon head coach

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"We have not achieved our objectives, and our executive committee and I do not see ourselves renewing the contract (with Song)," Eto'o was quoted as saying by France 24. Song, Eto'o's former international teammate, was named Cameroon manager in February 2022. Under his guidance, the Indomitable Lions qualified for the Qatar World Cup with a stunning extra-time victory over Algeria.

Rigobert Song has resigned as Cameroon’s head coach, according to Samuel Eto’o, president of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot).

This follows Cameroon’s poor performance at the Africa Cup of Nations, where they were ousted in the final 16 by Nigeria.

Eto’o indicated that the decision to break ways with Song was based on the team’s inability to accomplish its goals and that the executive committee and he did not consider extending Song’s contract as an option.

“We have not achieved our objectives, and our executive committee and I do not see ourselves renewing the contract (with Song),” Eto’o was quoted as saying by France 24.

Song, Eto’o’s former international teammate, was named Cameroon manager in February 2022.

Under his guidance, the Indomitable Lions qualified for the Qatar World Cup with a stunning extra-time victory over Algeria.

Cameroon, on the other hand, struggled throughout the competition, finishing last in the group stage despite a surprise victory over Brazil in the last game.

Eto’o praised Song’s efforts to the team, stating, “Song brought a lot to this team.”

However, he stressed the need to look ahead and find a new coach who can assist the club succeed.

During his tenure, Song supervised 23 matches, winning only six of them. Despite his attempts, Cameroon’s performance under his leadership was judged inadequate, prompting his resignation from the position.

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Zambia crashes Black Queens’ Olympic dreams

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Gifty Assifuah cancelled out her goal 10 minutes later, and the Black Queens moved ahead with a second goal from Doris Boaduwaa to even the aggregate score. Kabange Mupopo forced an equaliser in the 61st minute, but Azumah Bugri scored four minutes later to restore Ghana's advantage and offer them another chance of qualifying.

Ghana’s Black Queens almost lost out on a ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, losing to Zambia in the third round of qualifying.

The second leg match finished in an exciting 3-3 tie, giving Zambia a 4-3 aggregate victory courtesy to their 1-0 triumph in the first leg in Accra.

Despite a strong showing by the Black Queens, Zambia’s Cooper Queens won, crushing Ghana’s chances of going to the next round.


Zambia advanced to the next round, where they will face either Morocco or Tunisia, after scoring a free-kick on the stroke of full time.

Zambia opened the scoring in the thrilling match at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, with Barbra Banda scoring after only 11 minutes.

Gifty Assifuah cancelled out her goal 10 minutes later, and the Black Queens moved ahead with a second goal from Doris Boaduwaa to even the aggregate score.


Kabange Mupopo forced an equaliser in the 61st minute, but Azumah Bugri scored four minutes later to restore Ghana’s advantage and offer them another chance of qualifying.

However, that hope was destroyed when Jennifer Cudjoe was sent off for a second yellow card, and the ensuing free kick found the back of the goal.

While the outcome is unfortunate for Ghana, the squad may be proud of their better performance over the first leg.

They will now turn their attention to the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, which will take place later this year.

Zambia, on the other hand, advanced to the last qualifying round with strong hopes of earning a place in Paris. Their outstanding performance against Ghana implies that they might be a serious contender in the competition.

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Jordan Ayew scores as Crystal Palace defeat Burnley

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Despite their numerical disadvantage, Burnley held on until the 68th minute, when Ayew sent a pinpoint precise cross that defender Chris Richards met with a thumping header into the bottom corner. Just three minutes later, replacement Matheus Franca linked nicely with Tyrick Mitchell down the left wing, and Ayew tapped in his low cross from close range to make it 2-0. After Vitinho fouled Franca, Jean-Philippe Mateta comfortably took a penalty to secure the win.

Crystal Palace secured a crucial victory in their relegation struggle by overcoming 10-man Burnley 3-0 in new manager Oliver Glasner’s first game.

Ghana forward Jordan Ayew scored one of the goals, extending his impressive record in front of goal. He also assisted, bringing his total goal contributions to ten this season.

Palace controlled possession in the first half but were unable to produce clear-cut chances against a determined Burnley defence. The visitors were reduced to ten men just before halftime when Josh Brownhill was awarded a straight red card for taking down Jefferson Lerma when in on goal.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Burnley held on until the 68th minute, when Ayew sent a precise cross that defender Chris Richards met with a thumping header into the bottom corner.

Just three minutes later, replacement Matheus Franca linked nicely with Tyrick Mitchell down the left wing, and Ayew tapped in his low cross from close range to make it 2-0. After Vitinho fouled Franca, Jean-Philippe Mateta comfortably took a penalty to secure the win.

As Palace grabbed a critical three points, Burnley striker David Datro Fofana had a late goal ruled out for offside. The victory lifts Palace eight points clear of the relegation zone and marks a successful debut for new boss Glasner, who becomes only the second Palace manager to win his first Premier League game in charge.

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