The Black Stars of Ghana secured their ticket to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations following their win against Central Africa Republic on Thursday, September 7.
A 2-1 win at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium was enough for Chris Hughton’s side to go through as one of the different sides from Group E of the qualifiers.
Goals from Mohammed Kudus and Ernest Nuamah were enough for the Black Stars as they completed their qualification to Ivory Coast.
In the first half, the Wild Beats of Central Africa Republic were in control, and they were rightfully rewarded in the 25th minute.
Before taking the ball away from goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi and beating the Ghanaian defense, Louis Mafouta played the ball into an empty net to give CAR the lead.
Goduine Koyalipou made an excellent save on Ati-Zigi prior to their goal.
The Black Stars had very few open-field opportunities, but after Osman Bukari was fouled, they had their best chance from a set piece just outside the 18-yard line.
Prior to Jordan Ayew, Kudus advanced to take the free kick, and the West Ham United player lobbed the ball past Geoffrey Lembet in goal for CAR to tie the game just before the break.
Mohammed Kudus scored from a free kick for the second time in his career. The second half was the same as the opening 45 minutes as the Central Africa Republic kept on taking the game to the Ghanaians, who were sufficiently strong.
Salis Abdul Samed’s shot from an Ernest Nuamah pass went right into the hands of Lembet, and a rebound volley went just wide of Ghana’s goal.
Ernest Nuamah, 19, completed a square pass from Antoine Semenyo to secure Ghana’s victory.
The forward from Olympique Lyon secured the Black Stars’ victory and their spot in the AFCON for the tenth time in a row.
Although there is still a lot to be done, the victory will please Ghanaians and the football community who were anxiously waiting for this qualification.
Ghana will now face Liberia in a friendly match next week at the Accra Sports Stadium after finishing the qualifying series strongly.
Meanwhile, Antoine Semenyo’s urge to keep moving, push and never surrender disposition assisted the Black Stars with getting the win. He demonstrated his presence just a few minutes after his introduction to the game. He did not need the entire game to make a difference.
Antoine Semenyo proved exactly why Bournemouth signed him last season after recovering from surgery in the summer and playing a full pre-season.
He’s had a great start to this campaign and has been key to Andoni Iraola’s system.