Andre Ayew’s Spot-Kick Gives Ghana Victory Over Uganda
Deputy captain of the Black Stars of Ghana, Andre Dede Ayew converted a first-half penalty to give Ghana victory over the Cranes of Uganda on Tuesday in the first Group D match at the on-going 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
The West Ham United star’s 32nd-minute spot-kick gave Ghana a good start in their bid to end 35 years AFCON title drought.
The Black Stars, who have not won the continental title since 1982, lost on penalties to the Ivory Coast in the final of the previous edition of the tournament held in Equatorial Guinea last two years.
“In the first half we dominated the game but in the second half we knew the result was the most important thing and we played to win,” said Ghana coach Avram Grant.
“We missed two or three good opportunities but at the end of the day I am happy and I think we will keep improving.”
Uganda will have to wait a little longer for their first goal and points in their first appearance at the Cup of Nations since 1978.
In 39 years we have not been there and in the first half we had an element of stage fright,” admitted Cranes coach Milutin Sredojevic.
The second Group D match involving Mali and Egypt ended 0-0 between the two sides, making Ghana take the first spot on the group table after first round of matches.
Ghana faces Mali whiles Egypt to meet Uganda in the second Group D fixtures on Saturday.