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AFCON 2023 Q: Ghana beat Central African Republic to secure qualification

The Black Stars of Ghana rallied from a goal down to seal qualification to next year’s AFCON with a 2-1 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Thursday.

Midfielder Amos Youga robbed Salis Ahmed in midfield and lobbed the ball over the Ghanaian defence for Louis Mafouta to chase, giving Central Africa Republic the advantage they earned.

In order to set up an intriguing game, Mafouta displayed confidence by first taking a touch that defeated Ghanaian custodian Atigi Zigi and then coolly rolling it into the open set.

The Black Stars appeared sluggish and slow, but the team’s talent was evident when West Ham’s record acquisition Mohammed Kudus stepped up his game and curled a spectacular free kick past Geoffrey Lembet to tie the score.

The visitors unexpectedly dominated the second half in a similar fashion, but Chris Hughton came from behind to win the match when Antoine Semenyo and Ernest Nuamah combined for the game-winning goal.

Semenyo, a Bournemouth player, was rewarded for his all-out effort when he assisted Nuamah, a recent signing for Lyon, in scoring his first senior goal in his hometown.

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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