Despite Jordan Ayew‘s two penalties, Ghana failed to hold on for victory, conceding twice in quick succession to draw 2-2 and exit the tournament at the group stage for the second consecutive time.
In a dramatic turn of events, Andre Ayew gave away a penalty, which was duly converted by Mozambique, before goalkeeper Richard Ofori made a costly error by giving away a corner kick that led to the equalising goal from a corner kick.
The result marked a devastating end to Ghana’s campaign.
Ghana needed to maintain their lead and occupy the second place safely with four points to spare themselves any third-place drama following Egypt‘s 2-2 draw against Cape Verde in the other game of Group B. However, an attempt by coach Chris Hughton to preserve the lead did not go as planned as the lethargic players gave away two early goals.
The result means Ghana have recorded an unwanted record of exiting from two consecutive AFCON tournaments having lost in their final group game against Comoros in the 2021 edition. This will mean Ghana have failed to proceed from the group stage of three consecutive tournaments including the 2022 World Cup.
Meanwhile, Egypt have sailed through even without winning a single match as they recorded a 2-2 scoreline in all of their games to fetch three points.
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