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MATCH REPORT: Inaki Williams scores late to secure Ghana narrow win over Madagascar

Inaki Williams scores first Black Stars goal


Athletic Club attacker Inaki Williams has finally gotten his first goal for Ghana in 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Madagascar on Friday, November 17.

Ghana managed to pip Madagascar 1:0 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi with Inaki Williams scoring the only goal at the dying embers of the stoppage-time.

Ghana started the game on a high with the aim netting the opener in the early minutes of the game to deter the Madagascar from causing any havoc.

Jordan Ayew nearly broke the deadlock for Ghana in the 24th minute but his strike went over the bar.

The Madagascans quickly regrouped and managed to penetrate in the Black Stars defence for the opener but Richard Ofori was able to mount a good save in the 29th minute.

Jordan Ayew had a ball at the left side of the attack and managed to sent in a cross but Antoine Semenyo failed to connect his head to the ball.

Goalkeeper Richard Ofori once again made a brilliant save to deny Madagascar the opener in the 39th minute.

In the 43rd minute, Madagascar set up a counter-attack and managed to pull the ball in Ghana’s net but it was ruled out for offside by the assistant line one.

The first half ended with both sides failing to score after creating some descent chances.

Ghana returned from the recess with coach Chris Hughton making two quick changes by substituting Alidu Seidu and Baba Iddrisu for Denis Odoi and Majeed Ashmeru.

The two substitutions gave Ghana some level of control with the Black Stars setting up some dangerous attacks.

Inaki Williams had a glaring opportunity in the 47th minute but flicked the ball over the bar.

Kudus has his thunderbolt strike saved by the Madagascar goalkeeper with a header from Daniel Amartey missing the post by an inch.

Inaki Williams who had his tap in goal in the 57th minute ruled out for offside.

Madagascar almost had the opener in the 65th minute but defender Nicholas Opoku managed to clear the ball off the line.

The Madagascans had another glaring opportunity to break the deadlock in the 80th minute but the header hit the goalpost.

With all hopes gone, defender Gideon Mensah sent in a cross from the left side of the attack of which Inaki Williams managed to jump very high to head home the opener in the dying embers of the stoppage-time.

Inaki Williams has scored his first goal for Ghana since switching nationality in 2022.

Ghana has managed to secure first win in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and will travel to Moroni to face Comoros on Tuesday, November 21.


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