Black Stars Dumped Out Of AFCON Following Surprise Draw Against Mozambique

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Ghana was eliminated from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after the team conceded two late goals to draw 2-2 with Mozambique at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium on Monday night. A penalty in each half from Jordan Ayew put the Black Stars in the driver’s seat, but Geny Catamo pulled one back from the spot in the first minute of stoppage time before Reinildo Mandava capitalised on a blunder from Richard Ofori to head home the equaliser from a corner in the 94th minute.

The astonishing comeback left the Black Stars still searching for their first victory at AFCON 2023 after three matches. Mozambique at least claimed its first point, but both sides have exited at the group stage along with Guinea Bissau. The Black Stars needed a win to progress but were undone by an incredible 23-minute Mozambican barrage in the dying moments.

The Ghanaian side had impressed for long spells, but crumbled under pressure right at the death to put the team on the brink of an early exit from the tournament in a miserable fashion. After dominating much of the match, careless defending ultimately proved Ghana’s undoing as Mozambique snatched a thrilling point.

Chris Hughton’s side finished third in Group B on two points, one behind Egypt – who also drew 2-2 with Cape Verde in the concurrent fixture at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium – but a minus one goal difference means the West Africans cannot qualify for the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams.

“In three matches we have two points with a lot of energy spent. We were in a position where you had to score three goals to be safe. We lost concentration. It’s very difficult when you hold a two-goal lead and get caught up in a few minutes. We haven’t been as good as we would have hoped. We lost a lot of points. We put ourselves in a good position to win but we were caught. I take the responsibility.” Chris Hughton – Ghana coach.

 

 

 

 

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