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World Cup 2026 qualifiers: Jordan Ayew scores hat-trick as Black Stars produce stunning comeback to beat CAR in thriller

By Vincent Ashitey
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Jordan Ayew scored a hat-trick as the Black Stars of Ghana overcame the Central African Republic in the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier in Kumasi.

Ghana after securing a hard-fought 2-1 win over Mali in Bamako four days ago, the West African nation beat Central African Republic in Kumasi on Monday night.

Ghana produced a stunning comeback in the second half to bag the victory.

A Jordan Ayew's hattrick and Fatawu Issahaku's strike earned Ghana a 4-3 win at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

The Black Stars started the game well and made their effort count as the team shot into an early lead courtesy Jordan Ayew.

This was after Fatawu Issahaku was brought down inside the box.

Jordan Ayew who was honoured for getting 100 caps for the Black Stars scored from the resulting kick in the 6th minute.

The lead however didn't last long as Central African Republic restored parity 5 minutes later.

Mohammed Kudus lost the ball high up the pitch and CAR captain Geoffrey Kondogbia launched a long ball behind Ghana's defence and striker Louis Mafouta fired the ball past Lawrence Ati-Zigi into the net.

The visitors went ahead for the first time in the game as Louis Mafouta scored again at the 40th-minute mark.

The first half ended 2-1 in CAR's favour.

The Black Stars were a different team in the second half as they exerted pressure on the visitors, resulting in goals.

The team scored 3 goals in 9 minutes.

Jordan scored his second of the night after heading home Gideon Mensah's cross in the 60th minute.

Louis Mafouta also scored his third on the night, to reduce the deficit for CAR in injury time.

Fatawu Issahaku was also on target 2 minutes later before Jordan put the ice on the cake, his third on the night in the 69th minute.

The win moves Ghana to top of Group I with 9 points from 4 games.