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Black Stars secures AFCON 2023 qualification after CAR win

By Vincent Ashitey
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The Black Stars of Ghana on Thursday secured qualification to the next edition of the AFCON to be staged in Cote D’Ivoire next year.

Coach Chris Hughton's side who needed a win or just a draw in the match at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium survived an early scare despite booking qualification.

Ghana were pegged in the first 30 minutes as Central African Republic (CAR) scored in the 25th minute. However, the team regrouped and found the equalizer before first time.

West Ham's new signee Kudus Mohammed leveled the scores following his 43rd-minute free kick from the edge of the box.

The first half ended 1-1.

Chris Hughton ringed changes in the second half by bringing on Antoine Semenyo and Ernest Nuamah for Inaki Williams and Osman Bukari which paid off.

The duo contributed to scoring the all-important goal for Ghana that booked the qualification.

Antoine Semenyo latched onto a loose ball at the edge of the box before squaring for Ernest Nuamah who tapped into an empty net to seal victory for Ghana.

Ghana topped Group E with 12 points followed by Angola with 8.

The AFCON 2023 tournament will begin with the opening match at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan on January 13, 2024.

The final will take place on February 11.