Comoros beat Ghana 3-2 at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium on Tuesday in the third and final day of Group C, rekindling their hopes while Ghana is officially out of the competition after a game full of emotions and drama.
Comoros have now garnered three (3) points, moving from the fourth position to third, just behind Gabon, second with four points (4) and will have to wait for the results of the other groups to advance as one of the best losers.
The Comoros who had not scored a single point before the match were theoretically out of the competition before the kickoff. The Southern-African representatives lost the first two matches respectively to Gabon (1-0) and Morocco (2-0).
The four-time African champions (Ghana) are one of the greatest powers in world football. Despite having won the CAN in four editions, Ghana is the team with the most finals lost in the competition (five). The Ghanaian national team lost the finals of 1968, 1970, 1992, 2010 and 2015.
Despite their lack of experience in front of the four-time champions, Comoros did not give enough time to breathe to their opponents. A quick counter-attacking move eventually led to the early goal from captain El-Fardou Mohamed (4′).
Ghana’s nightmare was just beginning. A foul by captain Andre Ayew on Comoros goalkeeper Boina Ben earned him a red card in the 23rd minute. Ayew was trying to take advantage of a rebound and ended up injuring the goalkeeper, who had to be replaced in the 24th minute by his colleague Ahamada Nadhoim.
Comoros’ second goal came in the 61st minute through Ahmed Magni, who broke through four defenders and slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Dramatic moments followed at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium. Ghana levelled through Richmond Yiadom (63′) and defender Alexander Djiku (76′). The goals revived the game but Comoros took the lead again with the third goal scored by Ahmed Magni (86′), a fatal blow.
There was going to be nowhere to go back from here for the Black Stars of Ghana who finished at the bottom of the group with just one point.