2023 Afcon qualifiers: Ghana drop points against Central African Republic

On Sunday afternoon in Luanda, the Central African Republic (CAR) played against a Black Stars team that had undergone significant roster changes and was able to hold them to a 1-1 draw.


On Wednesday night in Cape Coast, the squad that Otto Addo coached to an easy victory over Madagascar received seven new players.


Ghana took the lead thanks to a stunning finish from Mohammed Kudus, who was one of four players who maintained their starting positions. However, the CAR fought back and Karl Namnganda brought them level. In spite of Otto Addo’s numerous substitutions, the Black Stars dominated possession of the ball. However, their attack was lackluster, and it took the brilliance of Kudus to put Ghana in the lead in the 17th minute. An amazing curling effort from outside the area completed off a great move by the Ajax player.


After the goal, Ghana continued to exert dominance over the match, but they were unable to generate any obvious scoring opportunities.


The Black Stars grew careless with their play with ten minutes left in the first half, which gave CAR the opportunity to build their self-assurance and find the equalizer.


Midfielder Brad Thomas Pirioua took possession of the ball in the middle of the field and played an excellent through ball to set up Namnganda for a goal that he finished with a one-time shot.


The second half was dominated by the Black Stars, who dominated possession while CAR was content to sit back and rely on counter-attacks.

In an effort to spark a victory, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Fatawu Issahaku, and Andre Ayew were all brought into the game; nevertheless, CAR maintained their composure to secure a point.


After a 1-1 draw between Angola and Madagascar, the Black Stars are still in first place in their group even if they were held to a draw, which is still a fine result.

Ghana is in first place with four points, followed by Angola in second place with four points, and the Central African Republic and Madagascar are in third and fourth place, respectively, with one point each.


The next stop for Black Stars will be in Japan, where they will compete in a tournament with three other countries.


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