Cape Verde’s Garry Rodrigues scored late to hand his team three points against the Black Stars of Ghana in their first game of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023.
Also known as Cabo Verde, the team took a deserved lead in the 17th minute through Jamiro Monteiro.
The San Jose Earthquakes midfielder was in the penalty box to tap home from a loose ball from goalkeeper Richard Ofori.
Ghana’s midfielder Majeed Ashimeru had what could have been an equaliser disallowed after Video Assistant Referee (VAR) checks by referee Jean Jacques Ndola Ngambo.
Alexander Djiku got the equaliser for Ghana 11 minutes into the second half.
The defender headed in from a Jordan Ayew ball to draw Ghana level.
After scoring, Djiku cleared his lines when a Cape Verde effort beat Richard Ofori.
With just six minutes to end the game, substitute Rodrigues restored Cape Verde’s lead after capitalising on a defensive blunder from the Ghanaian defence to tap into an empty net.
Cape Verde are now top of Group D with three points.
Ghana will play Egypt on Thursday at the Stade Félix Houphouët Boigny. – CAF
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