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2026 WCQ: Five things we learnt from Ghana vs Central African Republic

Ghana secured an exciting 4-3 win over the Central African Republic in a captivating encounter on the fourth matchday of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers.

Here are five key takeaways from the match:

The Never-Give-Up Mentality

Ghana’s resilience was on full display as they battled back from behind to secure a win. The Black Stars showcased a fighting spirit that has become synonymous with the team, refusing to let the game slip away even in the face of adversity.

This tenacity was instrumental in their eventual triumph, underscoring the team’s never-give-up mentality.


Jordan Ayew’s Hat-Trick Heroics

Jordan Ayew was the star of the show, netting a hat-trick to lead his team to victory. This remarkable performance brings his tally to eight goals in his last five games for the Black Stars.

Ayew’s feat is significant as the last hat-trick for Ghana was scored by Thomas Partey in 2017, and before that, it was Ayew himself in 2014 against South Korea. His prolific form is a positive sign for Ghana as they push towards World Cup qualification.


The Fans and Atmosphere in Kumasi

The atmosphere at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi was electric, with fans playing their role as the twelfth man. The support from the stands was unwavering, providing a crucial boost to the players on the pitch.

The passionate crowd not only created an intimidating environment for the visitors but also spurred the Black Stars on to deliver an unforgettable performance.


Otto Addo’s Second Stint on course.

Otto Addo secured his second competitive victory in his second stint as Ghana’s head coach. This win not only reinforces his tactical acumen but also his ability to motivate and manage the team effectively.

Addo’s leadership is proving pivotal in Ghana’s quest for World Cup qualification, and his success in this match further solidifies his credentials.


Ghana Tops Group I, awaiting Madagascar vs Comoros on Tuesday.

With this hard-fought victory, Ghana climbed to the top of Group I for the first time in the qualifiers, amassing nine points after four matches. This position is a testament to the team’s consistent performances and strategic gameplay throughout the campaign. Being at the summit of the group puts Ghana in a strong position as they look ahead to securing a spot in the 2026 World Cup.

The match against the Central African Republic was a rollercoaster of emotions, but ultimately, it was a testament to Ghana’s quality and determination.

With crucial performances from key players and the unwavering support of their fans, the Black Stars are on a promising path towards the 2026 World Cup.

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