In a dramatic turn of events, Spain-based forward Inaki Williams emerged as the hero for the Black Stars, securing Ghana’s first victory in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Madagascar on a Friday evening.
The match kicked off at a sluggish pace, with the visitors showcasing early dominance in the exchanges at Kumasi’s Baba Yara Sports Stadium on November 17, 2023.
Despite Ghana’s slow start and the away team’s impressive display, the hosts struggled to create meaningful chances in the initial 45 minutes, failing to register a single shot on target as the opposing goalkeeper enjoyed a quiet evening.
Facing this challenge, Coach Chris Hughton took decisive action at halftime, making crucial substitutions to breathe life into the Black Stars’ performance at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
Nevertheless, the away team displayed unwavering defense, denying Ghana any goal-scoring opportunities despite the Stars’ relentless efforts in the second half.
Ghana’s hopes of breaking the deadlock were thwarted when Kudus Mohammed’s promising shot was unexpectedly saved by the resilient away team’s goalkeeper, who showcased brilliance in response.
Inaki Williams appeared to have opened the scoring, slotting a loose ball into the net. However, the goal was disallowed for offside, despite a deflection before he made contact with the ball.
The game-changer, Majeed Ashimeru, came close twice to shattering the deadlock, with both attempts expertly denied by the goalkeeper, and another effort soaring over the crossbar.
Undeterred, Ghana found the breakthrough late in the game, as young talent Ernest Nuamah showcased his skills, delivering a perfectly timed cross that set up Inaki Williams’ decisive header in injury time, securing a hard-fought victory.
With the triumph over Madagascar, Ghana now shifts its focus to the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Comoros.