Mohammed Kudus and Ernest Nuamah Score as Ghana Beat CAR to Qualify for AFCON 2023

Mohammed Kudus and Ernest Nuamah Score as Ghana Beat CAR to Qualify for AFCON 2023

Lukman Mumuni
updated at September 8, 2023 at 9:35 AM
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  • Ghana have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast
  • The four-time African champions defeated the Central African Republic in Kumasi
  • Ernest Nuamah netted his debut goal for the national team

Ernest Nuamah climbed off the bench to score the winner as the Black Stars came from a goal down to beat the Central African Republic and qualify for AFCON 2023.

Mohammed Kudus cancelled an early strike from Louis Mafouta as Ghana went into the break level.

The visitors got off to a great start, winning the first corner of the game in the 6th minute, but failed to take advantage of the set-piece.

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Mohammed Kudus has scored as Ghana beat the Central African Republic to qualify for AFCON 2023. Credit: @FIFAcom
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Moments later, Mohammed Kudus came close with Ghana's first chance in the 14th minute before the Central African Republic responded with a quick counter-attack. Amos Youga forced a save out of goalkeeper Lawrence Ati Zigi.

The visitors then broke the deadlock after striker Louis Mafouta beat his marker Alexander Djiku before rounding up Ati Zigi to give his side the lead in the 25th minute.

Kudus was denied moments later by the defence of CAR after his effort from outside the box was blocked before Jordan Ayew saw his strike miss by inches wide.

With two minutes remaining to half-time, Osman Bukari was fouled at the edge of the box. Kudus elected himself for the free kick and made no mistake as he gave Ghana the equalizer.

After the break, the Black Stars had the chance to take the lead but Inaki Williams failed to get the right connection.

Ghana coach Chris Hughton made two quick changes, replacing Bukari with Ernest Nuamah and Williams with Antoine Semenyo as the Black Stars chased a win.

Defender Alidu Seidu tried from long range before Kudus saw his strike calmly collected by Flory Yangao.

Gideon Mensah, who replaced Bab Rahman in the second half, saw his header from a corner kick cleared off the line.

Semenyo came close to scoring but saw his effort parried away before the Bournemouth striker created the winner after beating his marker to serve Nuamah the assist for the winner.

Kudus scored again but the goal was ruled out for offside before Semenyo saw his strike hit the woodwork.

The Black Stars will next face Liberia in a friendly at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday.

Kudus scores stunning freekick against CAR

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that West Ham midfielder, Mohammed Kudus scored a sensational freekick to give Ghana the leveller in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Central African Republic.

The visitors stunned Ghana after taking the lead through Louis Mafouta in the 25th minute but Kudus levelled with two minutes remaining to half-time.

The Black Stars struggled for most part of the early exchanges, but were awoken from their slumber after the visitors broke the deadlock.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.