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What a tournament of twists, Ghana are gone!

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

Heart break for Ghana, delight for Comoros! And so, Ghana are out of the Africa Cup of Nations, the first among the nine World Cup play-off teams to suffer the cruel fate.

What a game of fluctuating fortunes as Ghana are kicked out of the tournament, deeply rooted at the bottom of Group C table after a 2-3 loss to unlikely winners, Comoros.

The win will certainly send people searching the African map to know the location of Comoros. Well, it is a chain of islands situated off the southeastern coast of Africa, to the east of Mozambique and northwest of Madagascar.

They are making a debut at the Africa Cup of Nations and the 3-2 win over four-time champions is a pleasant one for them, although it may not be enough for them to advance into the knockout stage.

But it was damaging enough for Ghana who laboured to come back from two goals down to initially tie at 2-2 before the backbreaking third goal was conceded.

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In their opening two matches, the problem Ghana had was conceding late goals in the games with Morocco and Gabon.

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But on Tuesday, they conceded early goal that proved damaging.  The game was barely four minutes old when El Fardou Ben Mohamed went through two Ghana central defender to beat the goalkeeper and another defender for the opening goal.

To worsen the matter for Ghana, their inspirational striker, Andre Ayew was given a straight red card after jabbing Comoros keeper following a clash.

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With Ghana struggling to level up another damage came in the 62nd minute when El  El Fardou Ben Mohamed assisted Ahmed Mogni with a pass and the latter clinically finished it into the Ghanaian net.

Ghana fought back. Off a cornerkick, Richmond Boakye pulled a goal back barely two minutes after Comoros doubled their lead. In the 77th minute, Alaxander Djku levelled up for Ghana and they pressed for a lead that could have seen them into the knockout stage.

It was not to be. Five minutes to regulation time, Mogni fired in the third goal.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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