A record seventh Africa Cup of Nations goal to Andre Ayew has helped Ghana to a 1-0 win in its Group D, AFCON clash against Uganda overnight.
Ayew slotted home from the penalty spot on 32 minutes after Asamoah Gyan had been pulled back in the area.. The goal took him past his father and legendary Ghana player Abedi Pele who had both scored six goals for Ghana in AFCON competitions.
Ghana squandered lots of opportunities, particularly in the second half as it attempted to put the game to bed. However it became wasteful in front of goal and were left frustrated with the end result.
The aforementioned Gyan tested out the Uganada defence with two strong headers but neither was able to hit the target. Whilst Ugandan keeper Denis Onyango was able to keep out the attempts of Andre Ayew and Christian Atsu.
In a bright spot for the Black Stars, forward Christian Atsu tormented the Ugandan back four all game and would have been filthy on himself for not converting a late one-on-one chance that would have sealed the win for Ghana.
Else where on the pitch, the family connection of Jordan and Andre Ayew was a sight to behold as they bamboozled Uganda and created chances galore. Jordan who currently plays for Championship side Aston Villa has been in good form this season and looks like on continuing that into the AFCON.
Uganda who is competing at its first AFCON since 1978 would have been disappointed in its effort. Despite showing determination in defence, it created very little chances to speak of and the Black Stars dealt comfortably with anything that was thrown their way.
If Ghana had been able to take its chances in front of goal, the damage could have been a lot worst for the Cranes.
It has a chance to bounce back afainst 7-time champions Egypyt on Saturday in what is sure to be a stern test.
Meanwhile, Ghana will look to make it two from two in the group stage when it faces Mali also on Saturday.
In the other Group D fixture, Mali surprised Egypt by holding its own in a 0-0 draw.