1st African Para Games:Ghana’s amputee team thrash Liberia to book semi-final spot
Team Ghana continued their quest to claim Amputee football gold at the ongoing Accra 2023 Paralympic Games following a 5-0 thrashing of Liberia on Thursday to book a place in the semi-finals.
The team started their campaign with an emphatic 7-0 victory over Uganda before slipping 2-1 to
Morocco and had to make amends in their final game against Liberia to move to the next stage of the competition.
Ghana’s Mohammad Mubarak continued his fine form for team Ghana in the tournament, adding to his tally just four minutes into the game to give Ghana a deserving lead before teammates Hamza Mohammed and Collins Gyamfi added the second and third goals, respectively, to provide Ghana with a commanding 3-0 lead heading into the break.
Ghana continued to exhibit their attacking prowess in the second half with two more goals from Ussif Yahaya and a second from Mohammed Mubarak to take the scoreline to 5-0, a result that sealed their qualification for the knockout stages alongside side group leaders Morocco, who also finished the group stages with a perfect record after three games.
Speaking after the convincing win, the head coach for the team, Stephen Richard Obeng, said, “the win means a lot to me and every Ghanaian because the Black Stars also qualified to AFCON 2024,just like we did. We had to put yesterday’s loss behind us and bounce back in this one.”
“We expect a massive game in the next round, and we’ll go all out. This is Ghana, and everyone will be watching us. Hopefully, by Sunday, we will be champions”, the coach added.
BY MICHAEL D.ABAYATEYE