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AFCON 2023 QUALIFIER: Angola beat CAR to keep Ghana in check

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.

Sheikh Tophic Sienu

Tophic Abdul-Kadir with the pen name Sheikh Tophic Sienu is a Ghanaian journalist with specialization in sports reporting and media consultancy. He has been a practicing sports journalist since 2008 and a media consultant for many government agencies and private sector organizations. He studied Communications Studies at the Christian Service University College in Kumasi and is currently pursuing an MA in Strategic communications at the African University college of communications in Accra. He also holds B.ed in Basic Education from the University of Education, Winneba. Married and blessed with two handsome boys and a girl, Sheikh Tophic Sienu resides in Accra, the capital of Ghana and currently works as the editor for West Africa’s fastest growing football portal – FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh Until his appointment as editor for FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh, Sheikh Tophic Sienu was the editor for the colourful football portal 442gh.com and also spent three years with the biggest football website in Ghana, GHANAsoccernet.com as a writer and reporter. He is a regular television analyst/football pundit on Ghana Television (GTV), Metro TV as well as serving as a pundit for the Bundesliga on match days on GTV Sports+. He’s highly respected for his knowledge of the African game, his punditry on the German Bundesliga as well as his admiration and consistent updates of the Bundesliga, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup as well as the AFCON on social and mainstream media. He is one of a few football writers in Ghana to have had the opportunity of traveling to cover the Bundesliga on a media visit organized by the DfB International and broadcast partners StarTimes. He is a well-organized team player, detailed-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks. He has covered several events including top international sporting events – Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), West Africa football Union (WAFU) and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar- as well as serving as a consultant for several football clubs and media outlets in Ghana. He is a perfectionist and always wants to achieve the best out of the lot. He is always a unifier wherever he is found as well as helping to accelerate the achievement of goals and has positioned himself as a valuable resource in a variety of situations. Even though he believes in certificates, he believes in what he can do more than what he has. He is highly connected in the Ghanaian media as well as several Africa countries and is a valuable asset to facilitate and accelerate the achievement of goals through the media and communication industry.

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