AFCON 2021: Ghana crashes out after losing 3-2 to Comoros; Super Eagles face Guinea Bissau today

Ghana on Tuesday was shown the way out of the Africa Cup of Nations after losing 3-2 to debutants Comoros in the group stage of the tournament.

The four-time champions were not only beaten but also experienced tough moments in the match.

One of the highlights of the tough moment was when Ghana’s Andre Ayew was shown a straight red. The mishap left the Black Stars with 10 men.

The goals started pouring in when El Fardou Ben Nabouhane put the islanders ahead early on, and Ahmed Mogni doubled the lead before the Black Stars fought back to make it 2-2.

The deal was done in the 85th minute when Mogni tapped in his second, to complete the process of Ghana’s first group-stage exit since 2006.

On new record so far in Group C, Comoros has made history after scoring at the finals for the first time in Nations Cup history and then went on to record their maiden victory.

As Nigeria plays her final group phase game of the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations against the Wild Dogs of Guinea Bissau today, versatile defender Chidozie Awaziem has been confirmed by Super Eagles’ medics to have returned to full fitness.

The athletic right-back, who can also play in central defence, is likely to get a taste of AFCON action when the three-time champions take the pitch against the competition debutants at the Stade Roumdé Adjia in Garoua on Wednesday night.

The Alanyaspor FC of Turkey player did not play any part in the team’s two previous games against Egypt and Sudan and is keen to have a taste of the action in his second Africa Cup of Nations outing, having been part of the bronze-winning squad in Egypt 30 months ago.

Nigeria top Group D with 6 points and are insurmountable going into the last round of matches, with three-pointer Egypt, as second on the log though with the possibility of ending up with 6 points.

Head Coach Augustine Eguavoen reiterated at Tuesday’s press conference that the Nigeria camp will take nothing for granted as they go in full throttle for the three points, even as some fresh legs may see action on Wednesday night.

“There is no room for complacency. We want to remain at the high level that we have found ourselves and that means putting in the solid shift that will continue to guarantee victory in our matches,” he said.

The match will commence at 8 pm.

In the second match of Group D, Egypt’s Pharaohs will contend with Sudan’s Falcons of Jediane. The Sudanese have only one point and would be able to proceed if they snatch all three points from the seven-time champions.

 

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