Angola, Ghana and Libya all received on Wednesday as dwelling benefit proved decisive on the opening day of the group qualifiers for subsequent 12 months’s African Cup of Nations.
World Cup-bound Ghana turned out a robust aspect however needed to wait till the second half to interrupt down a cussed Madagascar and win 3-0 of their Group E sport at Cape Coast.
Mohammed Kudus broke the impasse after 54 minutes with 19-year-old AS Roma striker Felix Afena-Gyan grabbing a second two minutes later with an instinctive contact from a set piece.
Substitute Osman Bukari broke away and rounded the goalkeeper for the third 5 minutes from time.
Ghana subsequent play away towards the Central African Republic in impartial Angola on Sunday earlier than heading to Japan for 2 extra testing friendlies subsequent week as they sit up for the event in Qatar in November and December.
Angola got here from behind as former Leeds United striker Helder Costa’s workrate impressed their 2-1 win in Luanda over the Central African Republic.
Simon Nlend handed the guests a first-half lead when the Angola defence stopped enjoying after they thought the ball had gone out of play within the build-up to the aim.
However they got here again to win with targets from Mbala Nzola and Gelson Dala within the final 18 minutes.
Libya beat Botswana 1-0 in Benghazi within the opening Group J match with Saleh Al Taher thrashing dwelling the rebound after Sand Masaud had his 54th-minute penalty kick stopped by goalkeeper Goitseone Phoko.
The primary two rounds of qualifying matches proceed by means of to June 13. The 2023 Cup of Nations finals are being hosted by the Ivory Coast subsequent June.