In a Group D match on Sunday, Garry Rodrigues scored late to secure a famous 2-1 win for Cape Verde against the Black Stars of Ghana in their first game of the Africa Cup of Nations, Côte d’Ivoire 2023.
Rodrigues capitalsed on a defensive blunder from the Ghanaian defence to tap into an empty net.
Cape Verde took a deserved lead in the 17th minutes through Jamiro Monteiro. The San Jose Earthquakes midfielder was in the penalty box to tap home from a loose ball from goalkeeper, Richard Ofori.
Alexander Djiku got the equalizer for Ghana, 11 minutes into the second half. The defender headed in from a Jordan Ayew ball to draw Ghana level.
Similarly, Egypt captain, Mohammed Salah scored late to rescue the seven-time AFCON champions from a Mozambique shock in their opening Group D encounter.
Salah’s 90th minute penalty ensured the game finished 2-2.
In another heavyweight clash between former champions, Egypt will play Ghana on Thursday at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium.
With the win, Cape Verde are now top of Group D with three points.