By: Gyang Dakwo
Ghana suffered late heartbreak on Sunday evening in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 opener when a late goal from substitute Garry Mendes Rodriguez handed Cape Verde a 1-2 victory, securing all three points at the Félix-Houphouët-Boigny stadium in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
The Black Stars conceded in added time to lose 2-1 to Cape Verde at stade Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan.
Jamiro Montero tapped in from close range to give Cape Verde the lead in the 17th minute after Richard Ofori fumbled with a cross from Jovane Cabral’s cross.
Majeed Ashimeru scored in the 36th minute for Ghana but the goal was disallowed by VAR for offside.
The Blue Sharks defended gallantly amd went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
Garry Rodrigues scored a stoppage-time winner as Cape Verde beat Chris Hughton’s four-time winners Ghana 2-1 to go top of Group B in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Rodrigues took advantage of a mix-up in the Ghana defence to tap the ball into an empty net and give his side a deserved victory in Abidjan.
The loss leaves the Stars rooted to the bottom of Group B, behind of Egypt and Mozambique, who played out a 2-2 draw and have a point each.