Black Galaxies responded brilliantly to their shock defeat to Madagascar in their first game by defeating Sudan on Thursday, and they now have a good chance of qualifying for the knockout stage of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Annor Walker’s men were defeated 2-1 by Madagascar, and it appeared that Sudan would compound their woes when the north Africans took the lead in the 31st minute thanks to a brilliant team goal.
However, Konadu Yiadom’s deflected effort brought Ghana level seconds before halftime. The two-time finalists grew stronger in the second half, and captain Daniel Afriyie Barnieh expertly converted a penalty kick.
Barnieh had a second goal disallowed by VAR, while Sudan squandered several good chances to tie the game. Sudan thought they had equalised in the 90th minute, but were penalised for a foul.
There was more drama, however, in added time, as Barnieh was sent off in the 97th minute for a reckless challenge. A minute later, substitute Seidu Suraj scored from close range to give Ghana the victory.
Following the win, Ghana are second in Group C and will be hoping Sudan do not fare well in their final match against Madagascar.
A draw in that game ensures Ghana’s place in the last eight. A Sudan victory could also help Ghana because they have a better head-to-head record after Thursday’s win.