AFCON 2023: Kudus’ heroics not enough as Ghana settle for draw with Egypt


Ghana’s hopes of progressing to the CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) knockout phase hung by a thread despite a thrilling 2-2 draw with Egypt. The match showcased the resilience of the Black Stars, with Mohammed Kudus stealing the spotlight on his comeback from injury.

Kudus, returning to the pitch with a bang, netted a brilliant double, leaving Egyptian goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy with no chance on both occasions. However, the draw extended Ghana’s winless head-to-head run against Egypt to five matches, putting immense pressure on their quest for AFCON advancement.

Ghana, reeling from a shock defeat to Cape Verde, needed three points to alleviate the tension in their final Group B encounter against Mozambique. The match against Egypt saw dramatic moments, including a denied penalty appeal for Omar Marmoush and the unfortunate injury-related exit of Egypt’s captain, Mohamed Salah.

Despite the scorching humidity, the Pharaohs battled back, with Marmoush capitalizing on defensive lapses to level the score. The seesaw continued as Kudus, displaying remarkable form, found the net again, only for defensive mishaps to haunt Ghana once more. Trézéguet capitalized on an error by Osman Bukari to set up Mostafa Mohamed’s equalizer, sealing the 2-2 draw.

With Cape Verde leading the group, Ghana faces a nervy encounter against Mozambique, knowing that their AFCON journey teeters on the brink. The draw with Egypt, inspired by Kudus’ comeback heroics, leaves the Black Stars with a challenging path ahead in the tournament.

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