Black Galaxies have officially eliminated from the postponed 2022 CHAN after losing 2-0 to Niger in the quarterfinals.
At the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran, Imarana Dan Baro gave the Menas the lead after 11 minutes with a header that Ghana defender Konadu Yiadom deflected into his net.
The Black Galaxies fought valiantly for the equalizer but were unable to overcome a tenacious rival that has yet to give up in the competition.
Niger went into halftime with a one-goal lead.
Soumana Hainikoye doubled Niger’s lead in the second half by sending a beautiful curling shot from the edge of the Ghana penalty area and beyond goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim’s grasp.
In response, Coach Annor Walker replaced Sylvester Simba and Kofi Kordzi with Captain Gladson Awako and Augustine Boakye.
It didn’t work out though, as Niger bravely defended to earn a spot in the semi-finals.
The Black Galaxies will collect $400,000 in prize money from CAF for placing in Algeria’s quarterfinals.
With the loss, Ghana has now gone 14 years without lifting the CHAN title, with the second-place finishes in 2009 and 2014 standing as the nation’s finest efforts.
Niger has defeated Ghana twice at the CHAN, and in the Final 4, they will meet Algeria, the tournament’s host nation.
Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Louis Gyamerah