2026 FIFA World Cup: Comoros claim vital win over Ghana in Moroni

Hertha Berlin midfielder Myziane Maolida did light works of Nicholas Opoku before rifling the ball into Richard Ofori's net 2 minutes before the interval

2026 FIFA World Cup: Comoros claim vital win over Ghana in Moroni

Comoros subjected Ghana's Black Stars to a painful 1-0 defeat at the Stade Omnisports in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification series on Tuesday evening.

Hertha Berlin midfielder danced his way past the Ghana rearguard and smashed home a powerful half-volley after claiming a loose ball let out by Almeria midfielder Baba Iddrisu.

The superb 43rd minute goal by the 25-year-old jeered the entire 821,000 Islanders into a wild jubilation as they climb to the summit of Group I after maintaining a perfect start to their campaign.

Stefano Cusin's side remain well composed and appear firmly fixated on a historic qualification project with the Black Stars victory going into the book record books.

The Italian gaffer named five players who started in the famous 3-2 triumph in Cameroon in January 2022 - Ben Boina, Said Bakari, Kassim Dahoma, Faiz Selemanie, and Youssouf M'Changama are all players who have now tasted victory twice against the four-time AFCON winners.

Atletic Bilbao's Inaki Williams should have scored his second Ghana goal when he glanced a free header over the cross moments before Comoros stole the opener.

Jordan Ayew, who is without a goal in a competitive game for Ghana since March 2021, also missed a sitter and had to be replaced by Leicester City's Abdul Fatawu Issahaku 9 minutes from time.

After failing to impress in midfielder Lens midfield fan-belt Abdul Samed Salis was withdrawn with Majeed Ashimeru taking his place in the team.

The substitutions which also saw Mohammed Kudus, Ernest Nuamah, and Medeama forward Jonathan Sowah come off the bench failed to yield the results for Ghana.

Hughton, the man in the Ghana dugout, has now suffered his first defeat as the head coach the Black Stars.