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AFCON 2023 Qs: Angola, Ghana settle for a point in Luanda

by Lesley Ngwa
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Angola and Ghana have played a one-all tie in Monday’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in Luanda.

Lucas Joao’s early second-half goal was canceled out by Osman Bukari’s late goal as both teams shared the points in a highly competitive game.

The host Angola started the game the better side and had a penalty call denied by the referee inside the first quarter of the match.

Ghana’s first real chance came at the 27th minutes of play when Ayew found Kudus, who in turn laid the ball off to Addo but the midfielder’s shot was off target.

The best chance of the first half fell to Angola, who perfectly executed a brilliant counter-attacking move only for Ati Zigi to pull off a brilliant save to deny them the opener.

The Black Stars were made to pay early in the second half when Amartey fouled his marker in the box, resulting in a penalty.

Lucas Joao stepped up and converted from the spot to give Angola a deserved lead in the 50th minute.

The hosts continued to dominate but Ghana’s coach Chris Hughton sought to salvage the game when he brought on Joseph Paintsil, Osman Bukari, and Inaki Williams for Semenyo, Sulemana, and Kudus.

It didn’t take long for the substitutes to make an impact, as Paintsil set up Bukari to tap home the equalizer.

Painstil nearly snatched the winner late when he latched onto a pass from Salis Samed, but his shot was blocked at the last minute as the game ended one goal on either side.

The result leaves Ghana at the top of Group E with 8 points and one point ahead of the second-placed Central African Republic (CAR).

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