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Qatar World Cup: Despite losing to Portugal, Ghana redeem Africa’s image

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Despite losing 3-2 to Portugal in its first match at the FIFA 2023 World Cup on Thursday, the Black Stars of Ghana broke the African goal curse by being the first team from the continent to find the back of the net.

And they did it twice!

With the first half ending on level terms, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score in five World Cups when he slotted home a penalty to open the scores.

After the goal, the West Africans with captain Andre Ayew getting the equalizer minutes later

However, Ghanaian coach Otto Addo, bent on solidifying his defence, brought out Ayew and enterprising midfielder, Mohamed Kudus and minutes later, Portugal struck with Joao Felix and Rafael Leao scoring in a space of three minutes.

But Ghana did give Ronaldo and co something to think about when Osman Bukari headed them back into the game in the 89th minute, and almost snatched an unlikely draw right at the end, as Inaki Williams cleverly caught out Costa, only to slip at the crucial moment as he tried to nip in ahead of the onrushibg goalkeeper.

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Qatar 2022: African champions Senegal bundled out of World Cup by England

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It was the end of the road for African champions, Senegal, as they were easily swept aside by a devastating England team who beat them 3-0 in the round of 16 on Saturday.

The Teranga Lions looked lost and uncoordinated for most part of the match and could not cope with the game plan of Gareth Southgate’s men as goals from Jordan Henderson. Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka put paid to the dreams of Senegal making it to the quarter finals.

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse had opted to go against his trusted 4-3-3 formation, rather settling for a more defensive 4-4-2 in an effort to contain England but it backfired after holding on for about 30 minutes.

The first goal came through Henderson who was set up by Jude Bellingham in the 38th minute. The Three Lions doubled their advantage with a few minutes of the first half remaining when Kane shot past Edouard Mendy after he was set up again by Bellingham.

Nigerian-born Saka put the game beyond the West Africans in the 58th minute when he dinked over Mendy after Foden found him in space in the box.

Senegal struggled to get a footing throughout the match, and had a spell of 20 minutes when they should have gone ahead but with Dia missing from close range but apart from those frenetic moments, it was a one-way traffic for England.

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Ghana coach, Otto Addo, resigns after World Cup ouster

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Black Stars of Ghana coach, Otto Addo, has resigned following the team’s World Cup group stage elimination after suffering a 2-0 loss to Uruguay on Friday.

The 47-year-old former international who was named as an interim replacement for sacked Milovan Rajevac in February, before he was given a permanently deal till the end of December, threw in the towel shortly after the team’s failure to progress to the round of 16 at tournament.

Addo who is the talent coach at German Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund, in a press conference where he announced his resignation, said:

“I always said if we qualified for the World Cup, I’d resign afterwards, even if we were world champions. My family see our future in Germany.”

Addo who was born in Hamburg, Germany, to Ghanaian parents, was a junior German international before he switched allegiance to the country of his parents.

A no-nonsense defensive midfielder during his playing days, Addo played for the Ghana national team for seven years commencing starting from 1999 his when he made his debut in a 5–0 routing of Eritrea on 28 February 1999.

He went on to play in the 2000 African Cup of Nations and in the 2006 FIFA World Cup where he started the game against the Czech Republic on 17 June 2006 at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, which Ghana won 2–0.

Ghana was Addo’s first managerial job after several roles at clubs in Germany and Denmark.

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