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Ghana tops Uganda 1-0 in first AFCON Group Stage contest

The Ghana National Team defeated Uganda today 1-0 at Stade de Port-Gentil in Gabon. Crew SC defender Harrison Afful started the match and played the full 90 minutes for the Black Stars, earning his 66th cap.

Today’s contest was Ghana’s first in the Group Stage of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. The Black Stars are in Group D with Mali, Egypt and Uganda. Mali and Egypt are playing at 2 p.m. ET today. As it stands, Ghana sits atop the table with three points.

According to ESPN FC, the Black Stars had 49 percent of the possession and 10 shots with five on frame. André Ayew converted a penalty kick in the 32nd minute for the game-winner.

Crew SC Designated Player and defender Jonathan Mensah did not appear in today’s contest. He has 51 caps for Ghana all time.

The Black Stars are set to play Mali next on Saturday, January 21 at 11 a.m. ET. There are 16 total teams participating in the Africa Cup of Nations and the winner of the tournament will qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

See Afful, Mensah and the rest of the Black & Gold in action at MAPFRE Stadium on March 4 against the Chicago Fire. Opening Match is presented by MAPFRE Insurance. Tickets are available here

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