Egypt Secures AFCON Knockout Spot with Comeback Win Against Cape Verde

Egypt Secures AFCON Knockout Spot with Comeback Win Against Cape Verde

Egypt displayed resilience by overcoming a goal deficit to secure a 2-1 victory against Cape Verde at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, ensuring their progression to the next round of the 2023 AFCON.

Ghana’s Early Struggles:

Initially, Ghana seemed poised to advance from Group B, but their journey took a challenging turn with a 2-goal lead slipping away, putting them in a precarious position in the 2023 AFCON.

A disappointing start saw them fall to a 1-2 defeat against Cape Verde on June 14, and on January 18, they squandered a 1-goal lead, settling for a 2-2 draw against Egypt.

Ghana’s Unfortunate Setbacks:

On January 22, Ghana faced further setbacks as they failed to protect a 2-goal lead against Mozambique.

Jordan Ayew secured an early lead via a penalty in the 15th minute and doubled it in the 70th minute.

However, Mozambique staged a remarkable comeback, netting goals in the 90th, 91st, and 94th minutes.

Cape Verde vs. Egypt Drama:

In the clash between Cape Verde and Egypt, the former took the lead in stoppage time of the first half.

Egypt responded in the 50th minute, equalizing despite injured Mohamed Salah watching from the sidelines.

The drama unfolded in stoppage time as Egypt briefly took the lead, only to see Cape Verde equalize within six minutes.

Group B Final Standings:

The outcome of both matches resulted in Cape Verde topping Group B with 7 points in three games, showcasing their impressive group stage campaign.

Egypt secured the second spot with three points in three games.

Ghana’s Awaited Fate:

With Ghana currently holding two points in three games, their fate hinges on the conclusion of the group stage.

As they anticipate being among the three best losers for a chance to progress, the Ghanaian team faces an uncertain path in the tournament.


Egypt’s comeback victory underscores their determination, while Ghana’s turbulent journey raises questions about their resilience.

The twists and turns in Group B have added an extra layer of excitement to the AFCON, with Ghana anxiously awaiting their fate in the competition.