Africa Cup of Nations - Group D
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Afcon 2017: Ghana make winning start against Uganda

Andrew Ayew
Andrew Ayew's goal is a personal landmark for the midfielder

Ghana's Andre Ayew surpassed his father's record by scoring the goal that beat Uganda 1-0 in their Group D match at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The West Ham winger slotted in a penalty on 32 minutes after captain Asamoah Gyan had been pulled back.

Ghana also threatened through two Gyan headers, while Ayew and Christian Atsu tested Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango.

Uganda came close when Faruku Miya hit the outside of a post but they could not force their way back into the game.

It was a disappointing return for Uganda, who are playing at their first Nations Cup since 1978 when they lost in the final to then-hosts Ghana.

The Cranes created few opportunities of note and struggled against the Black Stars, who were happy to defend their lead.

Ghana were far more positive in the first half, with Andre Ayew, his brother Jordan and Atsu posing a huge problem for the Uganda defence.

Andre Ayew should have scored from a great cut-back by Jordan, while Atsu relentlessly tormented defender Isaac Isinde, whose conceded a penalty by tugging back Gyan after losing control of the ball.

The spot-kick gave Andew Ayew his seventh Nations Cup finals goal - one more than the number scored by his father and legendary former Ghana captain, Abedi Pele. But he remains one African title behind his father, who lifted the trophy in 1982.

Ghana had a good chance to add a second late on when Atsu was clean through but his 12-yard drive was superbly saved by Onyango.

The only downside for Avram Grant's side was an injury to defender Baba Rahman, who was taken off with what looked like a hamstring injury after 39 minutes.

Ghana will next take on Mali on Saturday while Uganda will face record seven-time champions Egypt on the same day.

Line-ups

Ghana

  • 1Brimah
  • 23Afful
  • 18Amartey
  • 21Boye
  • 17BabaSubstituted forAcheampongat 39'minutes
  • 7Atsu
  • 5Partey
  • 11Wakaso
  • 10A Ayew
  • 3GyanSubstituted forBaduat 72'minutes
  • 9J AyewSubstituted forAcquahat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Yiadom
  • 4Mensah
  • 6Acquah
  • 8Badu
  • 12Ofori
  • 13Assifuah
  • 14Tekpetey
  • 15Ofori
  • 16Dauda
  • 19Gyimah
  • 20Tetteh
  • 22Acheampong

Uganda

  • 18Onyango
  • 12Iguma
  • 16Wasswa
  • 5IsindeBooked at 31minsSubstituted forSerunkumaat 70'minutes
  • 2Ochaya
  • 3Kizito
  • 10KizitoSubstituted forShabanat 57'minutes
  • 23AziraSubstituted forOloyaat 45'minutes
  • 6Mawejje
  • 17Miya
  • 11Massa

Substitutes

  • 1Odongkara
  • 7Sentamu
  • 9Serunkuma
  • 13Oloya
  • 14Wadada
  • 15Walusimbi
  • 19Salim
  • 20Awanyi
  • 21Shaban
  • 22Batambuze
Referee:
Joshua Bondo

Match Stats

Home TeamGhanaAway TeamUganda
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Ghana 1, Uganda 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ghana 1, Uganda 0.

Offside, Ghana. Mubarak Wakaso tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Badu is caught offside.

Joseph Ochaya (Uganda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by André Ayew (Ghana).

Foul by Hassan Wasswa (Uganda).

André Ayew (Ghana) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Ghana. Mubarak Wakaso tries a through ball, but Christian Atsu is caught offside.

Joseph Ochaya (Uganda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emmanuel Badu (Ghana).

Attempt missed. Faruku Miya (Uganda) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Geofrey Massa.

Attempt saved. Christian Atsu (Ghana) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harrison Afful.

Substitution

Substitution, Ghana. Afriyie Acquah replaces Jordan Ayew.

Emmanuel Badu (Ghana) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Geofrey Serunkuma (Uganda).

Attempt saved. Jordan Ayew (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mubarak Wakaso.

Jordan Ayew (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hassan Wasswa (Uganda).

Offside, Ghana. Frank Acheampong tries a through ball, but Jordan Ayew is caught offside.

Thomas Partey (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Muhammad Shaban (Uganda).

Offside, Ghana. Christian Atsu tries a through ball, but Jordan Ayew is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Faruku Miya (Uganda) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Geofrey Massa.

Substitution

Substitution, Ghana. Emmanuel Badu replaces Asamoah Gyan.

Substitution

Substitution, Uganda. Geofrey Serunkuma replaces Isaac Isinde.

Attempt missed. Thomas Partey (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

Attempt saved. Geofrey Massa (Uganda) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Moses Oloya.

Attempt missed. Geofrey Massa (Uganda) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by André Ayew (Ghana).

Geofrey Massa (Uganda) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Joseph Ochaya (Uganda) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Faruku Miya.

Foul by Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana).

Moses Oloya (Uganda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tonny Mawejje (Uganda) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Uganda. Conceded by Daniel Amartey.

Attempt missed. Tonny Mawejje (Uganda) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Geofrey Massa.

Foul by André Ayew (Ghana).

Tonny Mawejje (Uganda) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Boye (Ghana).

Muhammad Shaban (Uganda) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burkina Faso10101101
2Cameroon10101101
3Gabon10101101
4Guinea-Bissau10101101

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Senegal11002023
2Algeria10102201
3Zimbabwe10102201
4Tunisia100102-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1DR Congo11001013
2Ivory Coast10100001
3Togo10100001
4Morocco100101-10

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ghana11001013
2Egypt10100001
3Mali10100001
4Uganda100101-10
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