10-man Black Galaxies defeat Sudan in thriller

The Black Galaxies of Ghana cruised to a 3-1 victory over a wasteful Sudan side in the only game played on Thursday at the on­going TotalEnergies African Na­tions Championship (CHAN) in Algeria.

Sudan took an early deserved lead in the 31st minute through Al Gozoli Nooh but coach An­nor Walker’s side kept pushing for that equaliser and eventu­ally got it in the third minute of extra time before the break through Konadu Yiadom who was well-positioned to put the ball past goalkeeper, Ali Abdalla Aboeshren.

The Falcons of Jediane started the second half on a high note but it was Ghana that played with more preciseness in the pursuit of another goal.

Ghana was rewarded for their efforts when Captain Daniel Afriyie was brought down in the box and he made no mistake to convert from the spot and hand his side a 2-1 lead in the 65th minute.

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Sudan’s Ahmed Adam Ahmed could have equalised from just outside the box but he sent his freekick attempt way off the mark much to the frustration of his teammates in the 80th min­ute as the pressure continued to mount.

Four minutes later, Yasir Mozamil Mohamed had his shot at goal cleared off the line as Ghana continued to showcase their focus late in the game as they tried to protect their lead.

Nooh could have made it a brace, but his effort was blocked by the well-positioned Ghanaian goalkeeper, Ibrahim Danlad, who was busy on the night eventually making three crucial saves for Ghana.

As Sudan continued with their pursuit of that equaliser, Salaheldin Mahmoud Nemer, thought he had put the ball in the back of the net but Chadian referee, Alhadji Allaou Maha­mat, checked with VAR to deny the goal in the 96th minute.

A minute later, Afriyie was sent off for a dangerous chal­lenge on Walieldin Khdir Safour and in a crazy turnaround of events, substitute Seidu Suraj connected to a Jonah Attuquaye pass into the box to make it 3-1 for Ghana and seal the victory for the Galaxies in the 98th minute.

This is Ghana’s first win at this year’s edition and has sent them in second position with three points behind Madagas­car’s six after two match days. —

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