How Comoros Bundled Ghana Out Of 2021 AFCON At Group Stage
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By Our Correspondent With Agency Report
The Black Stars of Ghana were on Tuesday bundled out of the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon at the group stage by debutants, Comoros.
Going into the last Group C match, Ghana needed a win to retain mathematical hope of qualification for the knockout out stages as they had one point from two matches but that hope was dashed by the determined The Coelacanths
The Comoros beat Ghana 3-2 at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium on Tuesday in the third and final day of Group C, rekindling their qualification hopes.
Ghana are officially out of the competition after a game full of emotion and drama.
The Comoros have now three points (3), moving from fourth position to third, just behind Gabon, second with five points and will have to wait for the results of the other groups to advance as of the best third.
The Comoros who had not scored a single point before the match were theoretically out of the competition before the kickoff. The Southern-African representatives lost the first two matches respectively to Gabon (1-0) and Morocco (2-0).
The four-time African champions (Ghana) are one of the greatest powers in world football. Despite having won the AFCON in four editions, Ghana is the team with the most finals lost in the competition (five). The Ghanaian national team lost the finals of 1968, 1970, 1992, 2010 and 2015.
Despite their lack of experience in front of the four-time champions Ghana, Comoros did not give enough time to breathe to their opponents. A quick counter-attacking move eventually led to the early goal from captain El-Fardou Mohamed (4′).
Ghana’s nightmare was just beginning! A serious foul by captain Andre Ayew on Comoros goalkeeper Boina Ben earned him a red card at the 23rd minute. Ayew was trying to take advantage of a rebound and ended up injuring the goalkeeper, who had to be replaced in the 24th minute by his colleague Ahamada Nadhoim.
The Comoros’ second goal came in the 61st minute through Ahmed Mogni, who broke through four defenders and slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Dramatic moments followed at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium. Ghana were levelled through Richmond Yiadom (63′) and defender Alaxander Djiku (76′). The goals revived the game and the Comoros took the lead again with the third goal scored by Ahmed Mogni (86′).
It would interest you to know that the Comoros Football Federation, FFC was formed in 1979, joined the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in 2003 and became a FIFA member in 2005.
Comoros qualified for their first major tournament in 2021, after their 0–0 draw with Togo assured them of a place in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
They are currently ranked 132 as at December 23rd FIFA ranking while Ghana are ranked 46.
This is the first time that Gang Have failed to progress into the knockout statge of the biennial competition since 2006 edition.