Livestream: Black Stars of Ghana Vs Cape Verde: Cape Verde upset Ghana with a stoppage-time winner to go top of Group B at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
Watch Highlight: Ghana 1-2 Cape Verde
Garry Rodrigues tapped into an empty net in the 92nd minute after a mix-up in the Black Stars’ defense.
Jamiro Monteiro had put the islanders ahead, and Ghana then had a goal ruled out for offside before halftime.
Alexander Djiku did equalize with a stooping header, but Ghana keeper Richard Ofori made two big saves before Rodrigues pounced to the net and won it.
Group B standings
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Ghana, four-time AFCON champions, face immense pressure to end a 42-year wait for continental glory.
Their last encounter with Cape Verde in 2013 resulted in a comfortable 2-0 victory, but their recent form has been far from convincing.
Three losses in five games, including humbling defeats to the USA and Comoros, have cast doubt on their title credentials.
While not as decorated, Cape Verde boasts a talented squad with its own aspirations.
The inclusion of former Manchester United winger Bebe adds experience and attacking firepower, while the Blue Sharks’ spirited performance against Tunisia in their pre-tournament friendly suggests they won’t be pushovers.
Black Stars of Ghana vs Cape Verde Line-Up
- Ghana: Mohammed Kudus: Back in training after an injury scare, the West Ham forward carries the Black Stars’ hopes on his shoulders. His creativity and attacking prowess will be crucial to unlocking the Cape Verdean defense.
- Cape Verde: Garry Rodrigues: The experienced winger will be Cape Verde’s main attacking threat. His pace and trickery on the flanks could cause problems for the Ghanaian backline.
Beyond the tactical battles and individual matchups, AFCON transcends the beautiful game. It’s a celebration of African unity, a tapestry woven with vibrant cultures and passionate support.
As the drums beat and vuvuzelas blare, the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny will reverberate with the collective hopes and dreams of a continent.
Time and Venue
Time and date: 8pm GMT on Sunday January 14, 2024
Venue: Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan