Cape Verde emerged victorious against Ghana in a thrilling encounter at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), securing a 2-1 win with a late goal from substitute Gary Rodrigues.
The Blue Sharks shocked Ghana early in the game as Jameiro Monteiro capitalized on a rebound after 17 minutes, making them the quickest to react to a spill from Ghana's goalkeeper, Richard Ofori, following a long-range shot from Ryan Mendes.
Despite Cape Verde's early lead, Ghana pressed forward, and Majeed Ashimeru saw his brilliant strike ruled out for offside, leaving the Black Stars trailing at halftime.
Chris Hughton's side came back strongly in the second half, with Fenerbahce central defender Alexander Djiku netting the equalizer from a Jordan Ayew corner.
Djiku continued to shine, making two crucial goal-saving clearances to keep Ghana in the game.
However, a lapse in defence led to Cape Verde retaking the lead, with Rodrigues capitalizing on a defensive blunder in the final minutes to secure all three points for the Islanders.
Ghana will be looking to bounce back from this frustrating defeat when they face Egypt in their next game on January 18.
Cape Verde now leads Group D with three points, setting the stage for an intriguing continuation of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d'Ivoire 2023.