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Mozambique lucky to escape with a point in 2-2 draw with Ghana

Ghana’s Black Stars appeared to be on course for their first Group B victory after Jordan Ayew converted two first-half penalties resulting from fouls on Joseph Painstil and Mohammed Kudus.


However, Mozambique mounted an extraordinary late comeback, with Geny Catamo scoring a penalty in the 90th minute, followed by Reinildo Mandava securing a second goal to salvage a point. This shocking turn of events means that the Black Stars are still seeking their first win in AFCON 2023, having played three matches without securing a victory.

Although Mozambique claimed their first point, both teams, along with Gabon, have been eliminated at the group stage. Ghana needed a win to advance but succumbed to a remarkable 23-minute surge from Mozambique in the closing stages of the match. Despite demonstrating strong spells of play, Ghana faltered under pressure at the end, placing them on the verge of an early exit from the tournament.

Although Ghana has amassed two points, their chances of progressing to the knockout round of the AFCON Côte d’lvoire 2023 are now slim.