AFCON 2023 Qualifiers: Ghana 1 – 0 Angola – Semenyo’s late strike hands Hughton debut Black Stars win


Antoine Semenyo scored his first goal competitive game to hand new Black Stars coach Chris Hughton a debut win on Thursday evening in Kumasi.

Ghana had to wait until the very last minute of the match to win all three points to kick-start Chris Hughton’s tenure as Black Stars coach with a slim victory over the Palancas Negras of Angola.

Ghana created a lot of good openings in the first half of the match with so many defense splitting passes from captain Thomas Teye Partey.

The Angolans on the break looked dangerous and had some good chances infront of goal but failed to make it count on both occasions.

Kamaldeen Sulemana was a delight to watch in the first half of the match together with Mohammed Kudus, Jordan Ayew and Thomas Partey.

The first half ended goalless.

In the second half of the match, Ghana continued from where they left off in the first half of the match and controlled the game very well.

Ghana probed further in the second half after Chris Hughton made three changes bringing on Abdul Samed Salis, Antoine Semenyo and and Joseph Paintsil for Jordan Ayew, Edmund Addo and Kamaldeen Sulemana.

Semenyo came close on two occasions but fluffed his lines and failed to convert the half chances he had.

At the death of the match, Paintsil was brought down at the edge of the box which resulted in a free-kick to the Stars.

Kudus swung in a pinpoint cross which was poorly dealt with by the Angolans which they got punished for failing to clear their lines.

AFC Bournemouth striker, Antoine Semenyo pounced on the lose ball and smashed it home to win all three points for the Stars very late in the game as it ended 1 – 0 to Ghana.

Three days time, Ghana will be in Luanda to face Angola again in the fourth game of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

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