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Ghana beat Central African Republic to top Group I

Ghana's Black Stars emerged victorious in a high-stakes match against the Central African Republic, securing a 4-3 win on Monday night in the Round 4 encounter of Group I of the African qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.


The thrilling match took place at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.


Jordan Ayew was the standout performer, scoring a hat-trick that ultimately led his team to victory.


The game began with a promising start for Ghana, as they took the lead in the 5th minute through a penalty kick converted by Ayew.


The penalty was awarded after Abdul Fatawu Issahaku was fouled in the box.


Despite taking an early lead, the Black Stars struggled to maintain control of the match.

The Central African Republic capitalized on this and responded strongly.


Striker Louis Mafouta scored twice, turning the game around and sending his team into the break with a 2-1 lead.


In the second half, Ghana's experience and determination shone through.


Jordan Ayew, who plays for Crystal Palace, spearheaded the comeback. He leveled the score in the 60th minute with a powerful header.


Just nine minutes later, Ayew completed his hat-trick, turning the ball in from close range to put Ghana ahead.


The Black Stars extended their lead with another goal from Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, further asserting their dominance.


Although the Central African Republic managed to score once more, it was not enough to overcome Ghana's lead.


With this victory, the Black Stars now top the Group I standings in the African qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, demonstrating their prowess and resilience on the path to qualification.


This win not only highlights Jordan Ayew's crucial role but also underscores the team's collective effort and determination to secure a place in the upcoming World Cup.


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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