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AFCON 2023 Qualifiers: Otto Addo wins first match in charge of Black Stars

Otto Addo has won his first match in charge of Ghana after his side demolished Madagascar 3-0 in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at home on Wednesday.

The Borussia Dortmund assistant coach masterminded his first victory against the Barea at the Cape Coast Stadium.

Two quick fire goals from Mohammed Kudus and Felix Afena-Gyan and a late strike from Osman Bukari gave the Black Stars a comfortable win in their opening 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar at the Cape Coast Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Kudus broke the game’s deadlock nine minutes after the break after steering home a low cross from Afena-Gyan and two minutes later the AS Roma star netted his debut with a flick after meeting a Gideon Mensah cross.

Osman Bukari, a second half substitute then sealed victory with five minutes remaining after evading the Madagascar defenders before taking on the goalkeeper and coolly slotting home.

The Black Stars got off to a bright start and should have broken the deadlock after three minutes when Jordan Ayew saw his low strike go inches wide.

Ten minutes Fatawu Issahaku fired from outside the box and missed narrowly before combining with Afena-Gyan two minutes later, but the AS Roma forward’s strike was deflected out for a corner kick.

Mohammed Kudus sent the 19-year-old through with a defense splitting pass, but the youngster could nit find the back of the net.

Iddrisu Baba’s goal-bound header was then cleared off the line by the Madagascar goalkeeper before Jordan Ayew saw his long range effort saved by the shot-stopper, who was busy in the first half.

Madagascar had a chance to break the deadlock after a sweet combination up front before the break.

The Black Stars scored three times in the second half to beat Madagascar

The Black Stars returned from the break strongly and just nine minutes into the second half, Ajax star Mohammed

Kudus broke the deadlock after meeting a low cross from Felix Afena-Gyan.

Two minutes later Afena-Gyan went from provider to scorer. The AS Roma teenager flicked home a Gideon Mensah cross for Ghana’s second.

The four times African champions dominated the game and with ten minutes remaining, Ghana coach Otto Addo made a triple substitutions, bring on Antoine Semenyo, Osman Bukari and Daniel-Kofi Kyereh for Afena-Gyan, Fatawu Issahaku and Andre Ayew.

Second half substitute Osman Bukari then sealed victory after evading two Madagascar defenders to score his maiden goal for the national team.

Credit: Ghanasoccernet

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