African Games: Ghana Pick Up First Win In Men's Football, Outclass The Gambia With 'Champagne Ball'

African Games: Ghana Pick Up First Win In Men's Football, Outclass The Gambia With 'Champagne Ball'

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at March 13, 2024 at 6:40 AM
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  • Ghana recorded their first win in men's football at the African Games
  • The tournament hosts outplayed The Gambia to record a 3-1 triumph
  • Up next for the Black Satellites is a tie with a currently winless Benin

Ghana's U20 side secured their first victory in the ongoing 2023 African Games men's football tournament by defeating The Gambia, propelling them to the top of Group A.

The Black Satellites continued their positive momentum from their previous match, where they drew with Congo Brazzaville, by defeating the Young Scorpions in their second group fixture.

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Ghana picked up their first win in the ongoing African Games men's football competition. Photo credit: @ghanafaofficial.
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How Ghana outclassed Gambia

Under the guidance of coach, Desmond Offei, Ghana started the game with intensity, coming close to scoring in the fifth minute when a Gambian defender nearly turned a low cross into their own net.

Despite this early threat, the resulting corner yielded no goals. However, it didn't deter the Ghanaian team from launching continuous attacks with their intricate passing and positional changes.

After sustained pressure, Ghana took the lead through Aziz Musibau, who capitalised on a goalkeeping error to score.

This ignited further attacking prowess from the home nation, with Emmanuel Mensah, Abdul Sulemana, Musibau, and Abdul Aziz Issah posing constant threats to the Gambian defence.

Despite their dominance, Ghana couldn't add to their tally before half-time. They wasted no time in the second half, as Aziz Issah doubled their lead just three minutes after the restart.

The Black Satellites continued to press forward in search of more goals, but resilient defence from the Young Scorpions and a bit of misfortune prevented them from extending their lead.

Eventually, they managed to pull one back through substitute, Ebrima Ceesay, but any hopes of a comeback were dashed when Jerry Afriyie scored a spectacular goal to seal Ghana's victory.

The win places the Black Satellites in a favourable position to advance to the next round.

Currently leading the group with four points from two games, they only need to avoid defeat in their last group match against the winless Benin to secure a spot in the semi-finals.

Why Ghana's Jackson won bronze despite winning 100m

Meanwhile, Abeiku Jackson, Ghana's swimming captain at the ongoing 13th All Africa Games, secured his second medal by claiming bronze in the men's 100m butterfly event.

He initially finished first in the race with a time of 53.80 seconds, yet Jackson only claimed a bronze medal despite his impressive performance, as Sports Brief has also explained.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.