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CHAN 2023: Madagascar shock Ghana with 2-1 win

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The 2023 CHAN tournament produced a big upset when the Barea of Madagascar shocked the Black Galaxies of Ghana 2-1 to record its first victory at the championship.

Prior to beating the Super Eagles of Nigeria to pick the ticket for the tournament, the Black Galaxies were handed the favourite tag with the believe that the team will steamroll opponents to lift the trophy.

But they were undone by the Madagascan team making its debut appearance at the continental tournament when Koloina Razafindranaivo shot the team ahead in the 11th minute after pouncing on a defensive lapse from Ghanaian right back, Augustine Randolf.

Tsiry Randriantsiferana doubled the lead for the Barea with a beautiful finish, pouncing on another defensive error yet again from Augustine Randolf.

Substitute Augustine Agyapong, however, reduced the tally after coming on the pitch by scoring a goal of the tournament contender.

The Asante Kotoko right-back sent in a thunderous long strike from the right flank of the field which went straight into the net.

With the loss, Ghana will now shift attention to their next game against Sudan on Thursday, after Sudan was awarded three points in their opener against Morocco who withdrew from the tournament over a political row with host Algeria.

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Jose Mourinho extols Nigerian forward, Victor Osimhen, after wonder goal

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Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has heaped praises on Nigerian forward, Victor Osimhen, after the striker scored a wonder goal which can potentially compete for the goal of the season in the Italian Serie A.

The former Chelsea boss said Osimhen, who is a target of one of his former clubs, Manchester United, can compare favourably with former Ivorian striker, Didier Drogba who terrorised defences in the English Premier League.

However, Mourinho said the only hindrance to the Napoli striker reaching legendary status is if he desists from “diving” to gain favours from referees.

“He is of the same level as Drogba, but Didier didn’t dive,” Mourinho told reporters after the game when asked to access the Super Eagles forward’s performance.

“If Victor changes, then OK. I’d buy him if I was at a club with a lot of money.”

“However, if he does go to England one day, he needs to change, because in Italy they put up with this sort of behaviour, whereas in the Premier League, they’d come down hard on him.”

“I told him that he scored a wonderful goal and needs to stop diving so much. His goal was fantastic, he did the same thing when we met earlier this season, so he’s a fantastic player. But he mustn’t dive,” the Portuguese coach said.

The red hot Osimhen, has scored 14 goals in 16 league matches, propelling Napoli to a healthy 13 point lead at the top of thr Serie A.

Watch Osimhen’s wonder goal against Roma here:

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CHAN 2023: Niger, Madagascar make history, beat Ghana, Mozambique, to reach semi-finals

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It was a night of shocks and history on Saturday at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Algeria when one of the tournament’s favourites, Ghana, was knocked out by outsiders, Niger Republic in a 2-0 defeat which saw the Nigeriens qualify for the semi-finals.

As if the shock was not enough, first-time qualifiers, Madagascar, thumped Mozambique 3-1 to also qualify for the semi-final in some style.

While Madagascar was dealing with Mozambique in Constantine, Niger shocked two-time runners-up, Ghana, in Oran to complete the last-four line-up alongside host, Algeria and Senegal.

Niger’s reward is a date with Algeria while Madagascar will square up against Senegal, both on Tuesday.

Though Algeria and Senegal are outright favourites to win the tournament meant for African footballers playing in their country of birth, pundits believe underating the so called minnows could spell doom as Ghana, Cameroon, DR Congo and other top playing nations found out the hard way.

Madagascar had earlier shocked Ghana and hammered Sudan to win Group C, while Niger had pulled up the shock of the group stages by sending Cameroon packing with a 1-0 victory in their last group D match.

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