Ghana’s Black Stars had been shocked by debutants Comoros of their ultimate Group C sport on the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, with the Indian Ocean nation claiming a 3-2 win to sentence Ghana to a gaggle stage elimination.
Ghana got here into the sport needing a win to remain within the match after selecting up just one level from their opening two video games, however met a resolute Comoros aspect that was trying to finish its debut match on a excessive.
Comoros went in entrance after solely 4 minutes as they caught the Ghanaian defence napping early within the sport. A mistimed problem from Daniel Amartey set Ibroihim Djoudja free down the correct, and the ahead arrange his strike companion El Fardou Ben Nabouhane to open the scoring with a crisp strike.
Ghana regarded to attract stage and put the Comoros defence underneath stress, however their overzealousness labored towards them as captain Andre Ayew acquired a straight pink card within the twenty fifth minute after he collided with the Comoros goalkeeper in pursuit of a unfastened ball, leaving Milovan Rajevac’s males in need of one participant on the pitch.
Comoros discovered the web once more simply after the hour mark by means of midfielder Ahmed Mogni as Ghana stared elimination within the face. The midfielder confirmed sensible toes to feint and jink his well beyond a lot of half-hearted challenges earlier than rifling into the underside nook.
Ghana responded nearly instantly by means of substitute striker Richmond Boakye within the sixty fourth minute because the ahead powered residence a header to halve the deficit.
The Black Stars drew stage within the 77th minute as Alexander Djiku scored his first worldwide aim from shut vary after a flicked header from Thomas Partey following a corner-kick.
As Ghana pursued a winner, areas started to appear of their backline and Comoros regarded to use the areas, forcing goalkeeper Joseph Wollacott to be on his toes.
Comoros lastly acquired their aim by means of the spectacular Mogni within the eighty fifth minute as he completed neatly from shut vary following a low cross from Benjaloud Youssouf.
Comoros held on for a historic win over Ghana, who will now exit this 12 months’s AFCON after ending backside of the group. The Black Stars final did not make it out of the group stage in 2006.
Comoros will hope they will end as probably the greatest third-place groups to qualify for the Round of 16 of their debut AFCON marketing campaign.
A 2-2 draw between Gabon and Morocco within the group’s different sport noticed each side end as the highest two within the group.