Ghana’s Group E opponents Angola have beaten Central African Republic (CAR) to keep close tabs on Ghana in the ongoing TotalEnergies AFCON 2023 qualifiers.
A goal in each half for the Palancas Negras was enough to secure them all three points in a game that was keenly contested.
Angola scored first through Kialonda Gaspar but Geoffrey Kondogbia restored parity for CAR before Joao Milson grabbed the winner for the visitors.
Geoffrey Kondogbia, the CAR team’s star captain, and his teammates had high expectations for the match in order to increase their prospects of qualifying for the AFCON, which would be their first appearance.
But Angola had different plans for their opponents.
Ahead of halftime, Kialonga Gaspar had earlier given the Palancas Negras the lead in the 12th minute, but Kondogbia quickly equalized for CAR
Felicio Mendes ‘Milson’ Joao of Angola scored the game-winning goal four minutes before it was over, giving his country a chance to advance to the AFCON.
The win means Angola have moved to 8 points, same as Ghana’s Black Stars and any slip against Madagascar can brighten the chances of the Palancas Negras to top the group.
Ghana will take on the Barea of Madagascar on Sunday in the other Group E clash at the Kianja Barea Stadium in Antananarivo.
A win for Ghana will automatically secure Ghana qualification to the tournament next year with a game to spare.