AFCON 2023: Ghana Booted Out Of The Tournament

Ghana’s skipper Andre Ayew shocked at the exit

The Black Stars have been taken out of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in the group stage for the second time straight following their draw on Monday January 22.

Ghana blew away a two-goal lead late in their last Group B round of the competition to draw 2-2 bringing an early end to their participation in Ivory Coast.

Jordan Ayew scored two goals from the spot which appeared to have won the day for Ghana for their first win in the competition, but Geny Catamo and Reinildo scored two late goals to deny the Black Stars the three points.

Ayew opened the scoring for Ghana after 15 minutes as he cooly converting from the penalty spot after Joseph Paintsil was pulled down.

Paintsil switched flanks and made a good run down the right, beating his marker before being fouled inside the box.

Before this, Antoine Semenyo almost broke the deadlock for the Black Stars, but his shot was tipped over the bar by the Mozambique goalkeeper.

Ghana relaxed after taking the lead with Mozambique seeing more of the ball but they were however unable to make good use of it.

After Majeed Ashimeru was unable to continue the game, Chris Hughton had to make a substitution, and Iddrisu Baba took his place.

Mozambique returned from the break the better team as they nearly got back based on level conditions.

A header inside the penalty box went wide of Ghana’s post before Richard Ofori made a decent save out of Bruno Langa’s work.

Ghana won a second penalty after the ball fell off Reinildo’s arm from a Mohammed Kudus strike.

Yet again ayew stepped up and scored cooly to double the team’s lead to put the team on course for the maximum points.

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Similarly as it seemed as though the game was ending 2-0, Mozambique were given a penalty after Andre Ayew’s hand came into contact with the ball.

The penalty was converted simply to make it 2-1.

Atletico Madrid defender Reinildo converted a missed corner kick by Richard Ofori just minutes before the end of the first half to salvage a draw.

In the other Group B game, Egypt and Cape Verde played out a draw game which implied the Pharaohs completed second in the group, one point in front of Ghana.

The four-time champions of the AFCON have now lost in the first round twice in succession.

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