Mohammed Kudus’ magic secures vital point for Ghana against Egypt

Mohammed Kudus scored two magical goals for Ghana but two costly mistakes ensured that the spoils were shared with seven-time record champions, Egypt.

The results mean Ghana has its first point at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations while Egypt has two points after they drew in the first game.

It was a good start for Ghana with Majeed Ashimeru dazzling in the midfield with his fast pace and trickery.

Kudus made his first effort at goal in the opening quarter but lacked the power to beat Egyptian goalkeeper Ahmed Elshewani.

This was certainly the Black Stars we knew of as they maintained possession and curtailed the offensive threat from the Egyptians.

Mohammed Salah was largely kept quiet by Gideon Mensah who had a brilliant opening half hour.

Egypt’s first attempt came in the 31st minute but Mohammed Abdella’s effort was easily gathered by Richard Ofori.

Liverpool forward Mohammed Salah was eventually substituted in the late stages of the first after an injury.

There stepped up Ghana’s star boy Mohammed Kudus who powered in a low shot past Egyptian goalkeeper Ahmed Elshewani in the third minute of first-half added time.

The Egyptians started the second half on the front foot and the ball at the back through Mohammed Ahmed but the was adjudged to be offside.

The pressure on the Black Stars was very intense with the Egyptian seeking to pull parity.

Despite being on the back foot, Antione Semenyo had a good opportunity to score another goal for Ghana but his effort lacked the power to beat goalkeeper Elshewani.

Inaki William made a costly mistake in the 68th minute as his back pass gifted Omar Marmoush a sight at goal and the striker capitalised on it.

But once again Mohammed Kudus stepped up and curled in a low strike just two minutes later with the 2 0,000 fans chanting his name.

The celebrations couldn’t last long as another mistake from substitute Usman Bukari would prove costly as Mostapha Abdella capitalized on scored from close range.

Both sides held on as the points were shared at the end of 90 minutes.

Source: GNA

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