Inaki Williams Secures Victory for Ghana in 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifier.
In a thrilling encounter at the Kumasi Baba Yara Stadium on Friday, November 17, 2023, the Black Stars of Ghana emerged victorious against Madagascar with a late goal from Inaki Williams, sealing a 1-0 win in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The match kicked off with Madagascar taking an early grip on proceedings, dictating the tempo from the onset. However, the Black Stars gradually warmed up to the game, displaying resilience despite a sluggish start in the attacking third. The visitors adopted a defensive strategy, relying on long-range shots to counter Ghana’s efforts.
The first half concluded without either side finding the back of the net, setting the stage for an intense second half as the Black Stars sought to break the deadlock. The turning point came with a strategic substitution, as Denis Odoi replaced Alidu Seidu, and Ashimeru stepped in for Baba Iddrisu, injecting fresh energy into Ghana’s offensive play.
Inaki Williams, eager to make an impact, had an early goal disallowed due to an offside call. Undeterred, Williams continued to press forward, and in the dying minutes of added time, he delivered a crucial header into the net. Gideon Mensah’s well-placed cross found Williams, who skillfully evaded his marker to score, securing his debut goal for the Black Stars.
The ecstatic celebration that ensued among the fans at the Baba Yara Stadium reflected the intensity of the moment. The late goal not only secured a vital victory for Ghana but also underscored the team’s determination and ability to capitalize on opportunities.
With the win over Madagascar, the Black Stars now turn their attention to an upcoming away game against Comoros on Tuesday, November 21, 2023. The triumph serves as a promising start to Ghana’s journey in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, fueling anticipation and enthusiasm among supporters as the team progresses in the competition.