The Black Stars of Ghana continued their unbeaten record in their last 25 World Cup CAF Qualifiers since losing 3-1 to Liberia in January 2001 after beating Madagascar 1-0 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
It was a difficult encounter for the Black Stars but they found a way to secure all 3 points in their first game of the FIFA 2026 World Cup qualifier. Throughout the match, Madagascar posed a strong challenge, making it a tough battle for the Black Stars.
Despite an earlier offside call on Williams, he was able to find the back of the net and secure the win for Ghana at the death. The first half of the showpiece was a little scrappy for the Black Stars as they found it difficult to create chances. The Malagasy team were on top of their game in the first 45 minutes, having majority of possession in the first half.
After the halftime break, the Black Stars really stepped up their game in their pursuit of taking the lead. Majeed Ashimeru and Dennis Odoi came on as substitutes, replacing Baba Idrissu and Alidu Seidu, a move which seemed to have a positive impact on the team.
Mohammed Kudus had a great opportunity to score, but Madagascar goalkeeper Melvin Adrien made a crucial save.
Shortly after, Inaki Williams was denied a goal due to an offside call later in the second half. However, in the final minute of the match, Inaki rose high to meet a cross from Mensah and finally found the back of the net to wild celebrations from the fans and players on the touchline.
Next up, Ghana travel away in three days to face Comoros in their next game.