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AFCON 2023: Cape Verde Stun Ghana, Secure Top Spot In Group B

AFCON 2023: Cape Verde Stun Ghana, Secure Top Spot In Group B

Cape Verde stunned the Black Stars of Ghana 2-1 in a thrilling Group B clash at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium, Abidjan on Sunday night.

Cape Verde took the lead through Jamiro Monteiro on 17 minutes.

Ghana fought back with Mohammed Ashimeru slotting the ball home from outside the box.

The goal was however ruled out for offside.

The Black Stars finally levelled through Alexander Djiku in the 56th minute.

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The defender nodded home Jordan Ayew’s corner kick to send the Ghanaian bench into rapturous celebration.

Garry Rodrigues won the game for Cape Verde with a cool finish in stoppage time.

The Blues Sharks moved top of Group B following the win.

Cape Verde will face Mozambique in their game on Friday.

Chris Hughton’s Ghana will be up against the Pharaohs of Egypt.


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  • John-1 5 months ago

    Cape Verde played better.Their cohesion was lovely and amazing. The scoreline should’ve being bigger if not for Djiku and Richard Ofori’s intervention.

    Cape Verde is a proper team.

  • Mr. Nice 5 months ago

    They have been planning on beating Egypt but cannot defeat ordinary Cape Verde….. Ghana must go just got started….

    • Lollipops 5 months ago

      @ Mr. Nice, Africa football has evolved – No more Minors in Africa football, if you don’t play well, you collect from your Opponent – A case study of Ghana Vs Cape Verde.

  • Selfmade KING 5 months ago

    I said it already we are coming home 

    • Lollipops 5 months ago

      @ Seldmade King, yes you said it before the game – I hope Ghana up their game play in remaining two matches to avoid embarrassment.

    • Lollipops 5 months ago

      @ Selfmade King, your country might do well in remaining two matches. Don’t write them off yet.

    • I agree with you Ghana boy..Ghana must go.
      Kudus must go….
      Ayew must go….
      And you too must go with them

    • Yes, you said it. I didn’t believe you initially. You guys have a coach but something is missing as per team cohesion. In fact, Djiku and Ofori were massive today. You missed Kudus too.

      • Selfmade KING 5 months ago

        That coach is one of the worst ckascbee ever! Nigeria coach is better than our coach!

        Our coach is just waiting for his pension from Ghana 

        • Lollipops 5 months ago

          @ Selfmade King, Nigeria Coach and Ghana Coach are from the same planet. Two horrible coaches.

        • Abbey 5 months ago

          No difference between the two coaches…Lol! Anyway, congratulations to my Ghanian friends…Lol!!!

        • Sontag 5 months ago

          “Nigeria lucky to avoid Ghana” . That was the headline story in Ghana after the AFCON group stages draw. Ghanaians should focus on their own performance instead of this long term obsession with Nigeria.

    • Selfmade you said it. So bad for Ghana. I think they are out. Egypt will crack them.

    • Sonny 5 months ago

      “Nigeria lucky to avoid Ghana” . That was the headline story in Ghana after the AFCON group stages draw. Ghanaians should focus on their own performance instead of this long term obsession with Nigeria.

  • Where is that Ghana boy that is always belittling Nigeria on this platform? Show thy face now or go into hiding…
    Where is Kudus? Was he sleeping?
    Common Cape Verde you couldn’t beat!
    Shame on you Ghana

    • Think about your useless team too. We are in the same soup!

      • Chima E Samuels 5 months ago

        You’re coming to a Nigerian website to talk nonsense right? You’ve started with your loose talk.

        • If you mind your business I will stop talking nonsense. Kwasia!

          • Chima E Samuels 5 months ago

            Your fada Bulu!!!
            Alacha Boy from Zongo!!!

      • You and who are in same group? You are on your own mister, imagine mighty Ghana going 10 winless match in AFCON matches.

        • Masa cry your own cry. Who ask you to pity ghana? Think about your next game and stop worrying about ghana.

          • Lolll I will bet any amt that Nigeria will qualify from that group, but u need miracle, r u planning to beat Egypt or Mozambique?

  • Why is it that the Nigeria match was the worst pitch so far that I’ve seen in this tournament? I’m thinking Ivory Coast took us there intentionally.

    Ghana how market? 10th AFCON game without a win, such a bad record.

    • Lollipops 5 months ago

      @ Femi, the Pitch is so so terrible, I was like, why did CAF take Nigeria Match to that Coco Yam Farmland while others are playing on a green and lovely surface. I don’t know if they deliberately did that to weaken our game play.

      Egypt Vs Mozambique Playing surface is green and level like a premiership playing surface, same applicable to Cape Verde Vs Ghana but Nigeria Vs Equatorial Guinea playing surface is like a Coco Yam Farmland.

      • And you would expect us to play there best pitch been in same group with the host country and playing at the center of the country, whatever there plans, God pass them.

  • pompei 5 months ago

    Ghana did not CEDIS coming.
    Me I go just dey look like Lookman.
    We are saying Ghana did poorly for losing to CV. Now let’s be honest.
    Are we sure Nigeria too would not lose to CV? Can you bet your house on it?
    I can already tell you how the game will go.
    We will surely dominate them. No doubt about that. We will create like 12 chances. But, A BIG BUT, we will likely waste them all. CV on the other hand, will create 2 chances, and convert one.
    This is the same CV we struggled with under Rohr. What will happen under Peseiro?
    Until we start converting our chances, I will not believe we can beat anybody anymore.
    How do you win matches when you can’t score goals?
    Yet, I can say with my full chest that if we start converting our chances, the cup is winnable. We will be very hard to beat.
    But as we dey troway chances like American restaurants dey troway surplus food? How we wan take win match? Goals win matches!

  • Thank you pompie. I wonder what is happening with these set of players with Oshimen as a major culprit. So sad we are not looking at this direction. We keep shouting nff and pesero. Agreed nff and pesero are terrible but the players too need to take the stick. I was shouting this before the tournament. The friendly against Saudi Arabia was a case study. We drew a match we should have won easily. When rohr was we said he was conservative and that we were not creating chances but now we are creating the chances but not scoring them. So bad.

    Case study Boniface Oshimen ademola lost great chances in that friendly.

    Today zaidu Oshimen Simon could not score goals and the drew a winnable match.

    • Hence the reason the Equatorial Guinea coach have the effrontery to say a draw wasn’t a good result for his team, do we have to blame him? If we’ve converted those two first 10 minutes 90% chances and add another two in the start of second half then start toying with them, he won’t have that gut, yes misses are part of the round leather game, but this our own come be like cause, I’m
      Even starting to think probably the players are trying to sabotage peseiros effort self, bcos how can we explain those misses now?

  • Papafem 5 months ago

    The major difference between the big teams in Africa and the smaller ones is cohesion and individualism.

    I’ve noticed over the years that while big teams tend to rely on their overrated foreign-based stars who tend to come in and show off on the field of play, a lot of smaller teams with this underdog toga tend to rely on aggression, team work, strength and organization to win matches. Some of them are also blessed with very good goalkeepers who come through for when under pressure. That’s what leads to the shocking results we see at the AFCON every now and then.

    It’s important to also note that a big team will still end up winning it because somehow, they tend to pick as the competition progresses, finding their own rhythm and cohesion, and when you combine that with their players’ European exposure, training and experiences, which come handy in the heat of the moment, its easy to see the difference in class and stature. Whether Nigeria or Ghana will find this rhythm is a different thing entirely because it seems to me that they are not just suffering from their coaches’ technical deficiencies, their players posses very poor mentality.
    It’s like a pack of hungry extremely desperate hyenas fighting for a fresh kill with one or two lazy and lethargic lions. The hyenas in that mood will always have their way. But when the lions wake up to fight for that kill, hyenas, no matter how many they are stand no chance. And of course, in this analogy, we all know who the lions and the hyenas are.

    Let me say this: Egypt will somehow find their balance, and don’t be surprised, they may go on to win this. As for Senegal, Cameroon and Morocco, time will tell. We should watch out for Mali too. Something is telling me they are in this AFCON with something special.

    • pompei 5 months ago

      Well, let’s hope the lions wakes up in time, because the hyenas are poised to take the lions’ dinner.
      By the time the lions wakes up, food don finish!

    • Remarkably Equatorial guinea started all but one player in their first 11 yesterday that participated in their first 11 from AFCON 2021. Consistency.

      Cape Verde population is less than 600k.

      The (some though like the west Africans) big teams will always feel too proud and individualistic while the small ones will gel in cohesion due to their “lack of known talent” and become united in fiery against bigger guns.

  • pompei 5 months ago

    Christian Ministries, until we start scoring goals, I will not expect anything from this set of players anymore.
    Do you realize that our players hardly take long range shots anymore? It’s like no one wants to take responsibility! When they do try, the attempts are often woeful. Very poor. Why?
    Remember Okwaraji’s goal against Cameroon in 1988 Afcon? Or Oliseh’s screamer against Spain in 1998 world cup? Or Okocha’s wonder goal against Cameroon in the 2000 Afcon final? Or Finidi’s left footer against Morocco in the 2000 Afcon? What do all these beautiful goals have in common? They were long range strikes.
    We hardly see those anymore. Once in a blue moon, we see it. Onyeka scored a long range shot against Mozambique in our recent friendly, for instance. But we don’t see enough of this from our players.
    Yet, we see goals like this EVERY WEEK in the Premier League.
    Our players hardly shoot from distance. It’s almost as if they’ve developed an allergy to shooting.
    They want to dribble, they want to make passes and work the ball into the box. They deliver crosses, but the crosses are often poor, and when the occasional good cross comes in, it’s wasted! When our players do manage to get in the box, they become selfish, or they fall prey to poor decision making, and before you know it, the chance is gone!
    How have we lost the fine art of goal scoring?

    • pompei 5 months ago

      Haaa, I forgot Amokachi’s “Greek gift” vs Greece in the 1994 world cup. Now, that was a beauty.
      I can’t remember them all. But there were many of them. Why do we hardly see these anymore?

  • Ndubest 5 months ago

    Ghana did not play badly and i see them winning Egypt in the next game

    • The stats after the game said otherwise. Only one shot on target in 90 minutes for Ghana out of 11 compared to 5 for Cabo Verde out of 15

    • Glory 5 months ago

      Very true@ ndubest. You’ve got eyes n good understanding of football. Ghana though lost yesterday, but played well. I am tipping them to beat Egypt and possibly go far, especially when Kudus gets fit and join. WATCH THIS SPACE NIGERIA MOST LIKELY IS GONNA IVORY COAST OR AT WORST DRAW. A SCORE DRAW IF IT MUST BE A DRAW.

      • Glory 5 months ago

        … MOST LIKELY BEAT IVORY COAST… I MEANT

      • Chima E Samuels 5 months ago

        Glory I’m positive like you but you know this is the 4th match in a row against average team that we are losing points. Besides how can we beat CIV at home if we can’t beat Equatorial Guinea??? Hmm I’m already bringing out my calculator!!!

        • Glory 5 months ago

          @ Chima, this team after Rohrs second spell fell into a serious deep, a lot of fans don’t understand. There were serious organisations problems, fans constant diatribes, funding, covid weighing heavily on the team. It was and has never been technical problems or players problems but simply organisation problems that bore fruit in lacklustre performances. But happily enough we are gradually coming from that deep. You will see how this team is gonna start getting better into most possibly win this AFCON with subsequent games. You can buy yourself your calculator but might just be to calculate your losses in wrongfully predicting doom for the team. Success of teams goes far far beyond coaches and players but salient factor, most fans ignore,is STABILITY IN MANAGEMENT /ORGANISATION. This is what has being the strong point of countries like EG, CV, MZ. Zambia etc.

  • Oakfield 5 months ago

    I think what happened to Ghana was that the evil wishes they had against nigeria boomeranged and hurt them terribly. I bet u, these folks were already celebrating when guinea scored us first. Their wish for us is that we always fail but God has his own way of dealing with our enemies. I hope they learn to live a life free of bad belle against Nigeria but they won’t learn their lessons. If it were Nigeria they were played against, you d see them drawing off their hairs, biting. Juju, and scratching all a bid not to lose against us. Pathetic losers. Free yourselves of nigeria bad belle and you shall begin to progress. I can’t believe that the last time you won a silverware was in the iron ages….lol..too bad..lol

    • Chima E Samuels 5 months ago

      I was getting text at the first goal already and when we equalised then they said okay Nigeria will win but I know deep down they’re waiting for us to mess up. I can imagine how they’ll be celebrating if I was on ground na wa Naija fall our hands sha.

  • Oakfield 5 months ago

    I think what happened to Ghana was that the evil wishes they had against nigeria boomeranged and hurt them terribly. I bet u, these folks were already celebrating when guinea scored us first. Their wish for us is that we always fail but God has his own way of dealing with our enemies. I hope they learn to live a life free of bad belle against Nigeria but they won’t learn their lessons. If it were Nigeria they were played against, you d see them drawing off their hairs, biting. Juju, and scratching all a bid not to lose against us. Pathetic losers. Free yourselves of nigeria bad belle and you shall begin to progress. I can’t believe that the last time you won a silverware was in the iron ages….lol..too bad..lol. Ordinary cape verde that we beat home and away…ndi ara

    • Glory 5 months ago

      Hahaha… Hahaha. @ oakfield, you not gonna kill me with laugh.
      But what about those so called nigerian apostles of homebased players addition simply because they are homebased, those nigerian agents whose players didn’t get invited, those so called fans whose pay master footballers didn’t get call ups, those Rohr die hards lolzz whose loyalty has been for Rohr even against nigeria as a nation. DEM SAY IF WITCH NOR DEY INSIDE YOUR HOUSE. THE WITCH OUTSIDE CAN’T DO YOU Anything against you, BECAUSE WITCHES ARE EMPOWERED BY INFORMATION. AND ONLY THOSE CLOSE TO YOU KNOW THINGS ABOUT YOU TO INFORM OUTSIDERS. WHY WILL I BOTHER ABOUT WHAT GHANAIANS SAY WHEN WHAT MOST SO CALLED FANS SAY HERE ARE WORSE AND PURE WITCH HUNTING AGAINST OUR OWN, SIMPLY FOR SELFISH REASONS.

      • Oakfield 5 months ago

        Hahaha. .@glory. Regarding the die hard rohr fans here , i know u must be referring to mr monkey post…lol. He’s really indeed a die hard fan of mr rohr. And for those clamouring for the including of our home based players, one question for them: na who them wan replace????? Who? What have they done to justify their place in the team?

  • Oti lo

  • Fetch 5 months ago

    My problem is with the VAR. How do they read people’s intent, how do they come to the conclusion of intentional and unintentional happenings. There were two penalty incidents when the ball struck the hands of the Cape Verde defenders.

  • YOU PEOPLE SHOULD JUST SHUT IT!!!!… THE PITCH WAS FINE NOTHING WRONG WITH THE PITCH NIGERIA PLAYED ON. OR WHAT DID YOU THINK WE WILL NOT MISS THE SERVICES OF BONIFACE, NDIDI AND AWONIYI?.. YES YUSUF DID WELL IN CARRYING THE BALL BUT HIS END PRODUCT LEAVES A LITTLE TO BE DESIRED I THINK ONYEDIKA IS BETTER IN THAT REGARD!.

    NIGERIANS BE CAREFUL HOW YOU INSULT GHANA IF NIGERIA LOOSE TO IVORY COAST WE ARE IN TROUBLE!. WE ARE CERTAINLY NOT OUT THE WOOD YET. POSITIVE FROM NEXT GAME. BASSEY LOOKED SOLID WHEN HE CAME ON, AND WE HAVE IHEANACHO AND MOFFI TO CALL UPON LETS HOPE THEY DO WELL

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