AFCON 2023Q: Antoine Semenyo nets last-ditch winner as Black Stars beat Angola
ournemouth forward, Antoine Semenyo, scored the only goal of the game as the Black Stars of Ghana beat the Palancas Negras of Angola at the Baba Yara Stadium.
The second-half substitute hit a rebound after a late free-kick to ensure Chris Hughton got off to a flying start as Black Stars’ head coach.
The win sees Ghana go top of Group E having taken seven points from three games with Angola and Central African Republic both tied on four points each.
Mohammed Kudus was presented with the Black Stars’ first chance of the game but the Ajax midfielder could not hit the back of the net as his effort went just wide off the post.
Gelson Dala forced Lawrence Ati-Zigi into a fine save with his effort outside the box being parried away by the Ghanaian shot-stopper.
Kudus was denied in the 18th and 27th minutes respectively with Angola goalkeeper, Neblu, stepping up to the task.
The Palancas Negras were forced into a substitution in the early stages of the game as Show was taken off with an injury with Bruno Paz replacing him.
While the Black Stars saw much of the ball in the opening half, they just couldn’t find the back of the net with the first half ending goalless.
The second half wasn’t any better as Hughton’s side struggled to find the cutting edge needed to beat their opposition.
However, with minutes away from full time, Semenyo reacted the quickest to a loose ball in the 18-yard box to send his effort into the box and grab the needed win for Ghana.
The Black Stars will now look ahead to the next fixture on Monday, March 27, when they travel to Luanda to play Angola again.