AFCON 2023: Mohammed Kudus Shines As Ghana And Egypt Play Thrilling Draw

Femi Onasanya By Femi Onasanya - Sports Reporter
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Egypt and Ghana played to a thrilling 2-2 draw in their second match of the Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday.

Mohammed Kudus was the standout performer, scoring two goals for Ghana.

However, despite taking the lead, Ghana was unable to secure the victory, leaving them with only one point from their two games. Egypt, who had previously drawn with Mozambique, suffered a major setback when Mohamed Salah was injured and had to be substituted, resulting in them dropping points once again.

The game started evenly, with both teams having limited opportunities and possession. However, Egypt’s fortunes took a turn for the worse when Salah was injured just before halftime. Shortly after, Ghana capitalized on the situation and took the lead with a fantastic goal from Kudus.

In the second half, Egypt believed they had scored a goal to level the game, but it was disallowed due to offside. They had another opportunity when Omar Marmoush took a dangerous shot, but the Ghana goalkeeper, Richard Ofori, made a strong save.

However, the game took a strange turn in the following six minutes. Egypt took advantage of a poor pass from Inaki Williams, and Marmoush scored the equalizer. Just two minutes later, Kudus scored again for Ghana, putting them back in the lead.

But this lead didn’t last long. Trezeguet made an impressive play, leading to Mostafa Mohamed scoring another equalizer for Egypt. This result gave Egypt their second point in two matches.

Kudus emerged as a key player in two crucial moments during the match. After Egypt lost Salah, Ghana took advantage of their misfortune and quickly scored a fantastic opening goal. Then, right after Williams made a terrible pass that led to the equalizer, Kudus teamed up with Dennis Odoi and scored another goal.

It is rare to witness a player perform worse than uselessly, but that is the only way to describe Williams in this game. The forward posed no threat to the opposing team’s goal, and his only contribution was unintentionally helping Egypt by making a terrible pass that resulted in the first equalizer.

Both teams have been disappointed so far as they have failed to secure a victory in their first two matches. Egypt will face Group B leaders Cape Verde in their final game of the round, while Ghana must defeat Mozambique if they want to have any chance of progressing in the competition.

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By Femi Onasanya Sports Reporter
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