Black Galaxies have been dealt a blow in their first group C opening game in the ongoing 2022 TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Algeria, following a defeat to Madagascar yesterday.
Coach Walker’s side conceded early in the first half of the game as they looked disorganized.
Solomampionona Koloina Razafindranaivo, who was poorly marked in Ghana’s 18-yard box collected a fine pass from his teammate, Jean Yvon Razafindrakoto and sent it past the Galaxies goalkeeper, Danlad Ibrahim to give Madagascar the lead on the 10th-minute mark.
With just a minute after, Libyan referee Mutaz A Ibrahim who was in charge of the match awarded Ghana a penalty but the decision was overturned by VAR as Afriyie Barnieh was brought down in the 18-yard box.
Annor Walker’s side could not find the equalizer in the first half after they kept pushing to get a goal.
The second-half goal from Tokinantenaina Olivier Randriatsiferana who capitalized on a defensive mistake from Augustine Randolf in the 61st minute dashed Ghana’s hopes of taking all three points.
However, substitute Augustine Agyapong’s solo effort gave Ghana a consolation six minutes after, ending the game 2-1 in favour of Madagascar.
The win is a big one for Madagascar as they are making their first appearance in the tournament.
Ghana is now bottom of the group C table and will play their second game against Sudan on Thursday.