Ghana Secure AFCON 2024 Ticket With Win Over CAR


Ghana has sealed qualification for 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON after staging a comeback victory against Central African Republic on Thursday in Kumasi. The Black Stars came from behind to edge the Wild Beasts 2-1 at the Baba Yara Stadium to secure qualification for their 24th Africa Cup of Nations final.

CAR opened the scoring in the 25th minute when striker Louis Mafouta slotted home past the goalkeeper after being put through on goal. The Black Stars then secured parity a few minutes to the half-time break after Mohammed Kudus’ brilliant free-kick from the edge of the box beat goalkeeper Geoffrey Lembet.

Substitute, Antoine Semenyo came close to getting the second for Ghana, but curled shot from close range was saved by the goalkeeper Lembet in the 88th minute. A few seconds later, Semenyo teed up youngster Ernest Nuamah, who tapped the ball into the back of the net to hand the maximum points to the Black Stars. Semenyo nearly got his name on the score sheet in the match moments later, but his effort struck the framework.

The result ensures Ghana finish top of Group E with 12 points and they are joined in qualification for next year’s continental tournament by Angola, who recorded a 0-0 draw with Madagascar in a concurrent game in Lubango.

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