'Angry' Ghanaian Reporters Clash With Black Stars After Mozambique Draw at AFCON

'Angry' Ghanaian Reporters Clash With Black Stars After Mozambique Draw at AFCON

Isaac Darko
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • Ghanaian reporters in Ivory Coast clashed with members of the Black Stars on Monday night
  • The journalists were angry with the team's performance following the draw with Mozambique
  • Despite initially leading 2-0, the four-time African champions let things slip in the final minutes

Ghanaian journalists covering the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d'Ivoire became embroiled in a confrontation with players and officials of the Ghana national team following a disheartening draw with Mozambique.

A familiar script unfolded as the Black Stars' fate in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations seemed all but sealed with a late 2-2 draw against the minnows in Abidjan.

Jordan Ayew's brace from the penalty spot briefly elevated Ghana above Egypt in Group B, who were trailing behind Cape Verde in the concurrent match.

Andre Ayew, Ghana, Black Stars, 2023 AFCON, Mozambique, Ghanaian journalists
Andre Ayew looks dejected after Ghana shared honours with Mozambique from their AFCON 2023 clash. Photo by Issouf Sanogo.
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However, echoing a similar scenario against Comoros two years prior, Ghana allowed the underdogs to stage a comeback, conceding stoppage-time goals to Geny Catamo's penalty and Reinildo Mandava's header.

Coupled with Egypt's draw, this outcome appeared to guarantee the West Africans' elimination from the tournament.

This outcome has left Ghana languishing in third place in Group B with only two points from three games, requiring a substantial miracle to secure advancement to round 16, per the Athletic.

Ghanaian journalists clash with Black Stars

After the game, journalists tried to conduct interviews with players and officials in the mixed zone but were reportedly met with resistance, sparking increased tension and leading to verbal confrontations.

CAF security officials eventually had to step in to quell the situation.

On the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), journalist Saddick Adams shared a video of some Ghanaian reporters appearing to hurl insults at both the players and the coach.

Another video, sighted by Sports Brief, captured defender Mohammed Salisu engaged in a heated exchange with another journalist after the game.

Kudus blasts Ghana team after AFCON loss

Meanwhile, Mohammed Kudus has criticised his Black Stars teammates, pointing to 'silly mistakes' and a 'lack of concentration' as the reasons for their AFCON defeat.

Despite being named 'man of the match', the emotional player did not mince words at the post-match presser, stating the players had essentially caused their own downfall.

He said, via Joy Sports: "We conceded two expensive goals; it was the same against Egypt. Our concentration slipped away in the final minutes of the match."

Violence erupts after Ivory Coast's AFCON loss

Sports Brief also previously reported on disturbing scenes of violence in Abidjan following Ivory Coast's heavy defeat to Equatorial Guinea.

The Elephants needed to record a win against the underdogs to secure their place in the knockouts but instead fell to a significant defeat.

In Abidjan, furious Ivorian fans were said to have lit fires and vandalised vehicles, with local law enforcement called in to quell that unrest.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)