MATCH REPORT: Ghana shock Angola with a late screamer from Antonio Semenyo
Antonio Semenyo rescue Black Stars from home draw
The Palancas Negras of Angola were left with mouth ajar after conceding late goal from Mohammed Kudus free-kick at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Thursday.
The 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match day 3 fixture of Group E ended 1-0 for host, Ghana having netted the only goal of the encounter in 90+6 minute. Angola who were joint top with Ghana prior to the clash with 4 points were able to curtail Ghana from hurting them knowing that a draw will help their course going into the second leg in Luanda Sunday.
It was an easy start for the four-time African champions who had the space to enjoy play infront of their supporters but struggled to found the cutting edge for a goal. Chris Hughton side went into the break with no goal but made 18 shots attempts only counting 7 on target.
Starting Arsenal FC star Thomas Partey and Edmund Addo in the Central midfield role, winning balls and initiating attacks always got Ghana going but lacked efficiency and reliability upfront, only to be dragged to the stoppage time.
Introducing AFC Bournemouth forward Antoine Semenyo from the bench, proved to be a good substitution as he registered the only goal of the encounter.
With Ghana winning an infringement infront of Angola box, Kudus Mohammed was always going to apply intelligence and touch as his kick found substitute Antoine Semenyo who connected well to set the stand standing on their feet.
The win means, Ghana maintains their position top of the log with 7 points.
Ghana will journey to Luanda to face Angola in the reverse fixture on Sunday, March 26 2023 which also marks match day four of Group E.
Story Kolog Bonaventure