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U23 AFCON 2023: Emmanuel Yeboah wins Man of The match for second half necromancy

The amazing forward staged a stupendous performance after he was brought on in the second half, scoring twice and providing an assist for the Black Meteors

Emmanuel Yeboah has been voted man of The Match after his second half wizardry in Ghana’s 3-2 win over Congo in their opening game in the ongoing U23 AFCON.

The amazing forward staged a stupendous performance after he was brought on in the second half, scoring twice and providing an assist for the Black Meteors.

Ghana had a promising start to the game when Ernest Nuamah put through Afriyie Barnieh twice under 5 minute to put Ghana in front but none was successful.

Both Ghana and Congo failed to show class in the first half but it was the Central Africans who saw a greater part of possession.

Ghana manager – Tanko – effected two substitutions right after the break after both sides failed to break the virginity of the game in the first half.

Emmanuel Yeboah found Ernest Nuamah with a superb shot across the opponent goal area who made no mistake by firing straight into the net to break the virginity of the game after 50 minutes.

Yeboah doubled the lead for Ghana with 15 minutes to end regulation time after dashing past his marker with a beautiful finish.

The lanky forward sped past his marker with a nice chest control, kept his composure and balance and slotted the ball into the lower left corner of the post to give Ghana a 2-0 advantage.

With 10 minutes to end proceedings, Edmund Arkoh Mensah was brought down in the Congolese goal area.

Edmund elected himself to take the spot kick but his attempt was saved twice when it was ruled the Congo goalkeeper moved before the kicks.

Emmanuel Yeboah took the kick on the third attempt and swerved the Congo goalkeeper to give Ghana a 3-0 advantage.

The Congolese fought back to reduce the deficit with two goals under a minute but the Ghanaians held on to win the game.

Ghana will take on hosts Morocco in their next game before playing Guinea in their last group game of the tournament.

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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