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“Thank you to God for letting it rain” – Otto Addo attributes win to rains in CAR-Ghana clash


Ghana coach Otto Addo acknowledged that the rainy weather significantly impacted the Black Stars’ thrilling 4-3 victory over the Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday.

This crucial win propelled Ghana to the top of Group I in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

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Held at the Baba Yara Stadium, the match featured a hat-trick from Jordan Ayew and a goal from Fatawu Issahaku, securing a hard-fought victory for the Black Stars.

The game was exciting and goal-filled, with rain playing a pivotal role in Ghana’s performance, according to Addo.

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The match began with Ghana in control, as Ayew converted a penalty in the sixth minute.

However, CAR quickly responded with two goals from Louis Mafouta, giving the visitors a first-half lead.

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Ghana returned stronger in the second half, with Ayew scoring two more goals and Issahaku adding a sensational strike.

Speaking after the game, Otto Addo revealed that the rain contributed to their improved performance in the second half.

“The rain helped us play better and move the ball faster. Thank you to God for letting it rain,” Addo stated. “The support from the start was massive. Even though we were down, they stayed by our side. Thank you very much, Kumasi, for coming out again.”

He also acknowledged that the first half was challenging for Ghana as they struggled to control the game and create opportunities upfront.

“We had problems in the first half controlling the ball and finding solutions upfront. I take the blame. Maybe I wanted us to do too much, though we had a few days of training. We adjusted in the second half and deserved to win,” Addo admitted.

The victory places Ghana at the top of Group I with nine points as they await the outcomes of the matches between Madagascar and Mali and Chad and Comoros.

The Black Stars are now in a strong position to continue their campaign for a place in the 2026 World Cup.

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