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CHAN 2022: Ghana earn comeback win over Sudan as Afriyie Barnieh sent off

Black Galaxies responded brilliantly to their shock defeat to Madagascar in their first game by defeating Sudan on Thursday, and they now have a good chance of qualifying for the knockout stage of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Annor Walker’s men were defeated 2-1 by Madagascar, and it appeared that Sudan would compound their woes when the north Africans took the lead in the 31st minute thanks to a brilliant team goal.

However, Konadu Yiadom’s deflected effort brought Ghana level seconds before halftime. The two-time finalists grew stronger in the second half, and captain Daniel Afriyie Barnieh expertly converted a penalty kick.

Barnieh had a second goal disallowed by VAR, while Sudan squandered several good chances to tie the game. Sudan thought they had equalised in the 90th minute, but were penalised for a foul.

There was more drama, however, in added time, as Barnieh was sent off in the 97th minute for a reckless challenge. A minute later, substitute Seidu Suraj scored from close range to give Ghana the victory.

Following the win, Ghana are second in Group C and will be hoping Sudan do not fare well in their final match against Madagascar.

A draw in that game ensures Ghana’s place in the last eight. A Sudan victory could also help Ghana because they have a better head-to-head record after Thursday’s win.

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