Black Galaxies head coach Annor Walker has attributed his side’s 2-1 loss to Madagascar in their 2023 Championship for African Nations (CHAN) tournament group opener to minor mistakes.
The former CHAN winners were shot down by tournament debutant Madagascar on Sunday Night in Algeria.
The Black Galaxies were favorites going into the game but lost to the relatively unknown side by two goals to one.
Madagascar took the lead in the 12th minute of the game through Solomanpionona Koloina and double their advantage in the 61st minute through a strike by Tokinantenaina Oliver.
Black Galaxies forward Augustine Agyapong came off the bench to pull a goal back for Ghana but could not lead his teams to pull off a comeback in the clash.
Coach Annor Walker speaking to the press noted that his charges disappointed him the first half of the encounter and that he takes it as one of those things that occur in football.
He added that his team was well prepared for the match but minor mistakes cost them the game.
The Black Galaxies have a slim chance of qualifying for the knockout phase of the competition due to the defeat.
This leaves the team with no choice but to defeat their next opponent, Sudan, at all costs and wait for the outcome of the subsequent match between Sudan and Madagascar.
Ghana would have faced Morocco next but due to the political differences between them and the host nation Algeria, they pulled out of the tournament.
Ghana’s group currently has three teams; Ghana, Madagascar, and Sudan.
The Black Galaxies’ next match will be against Sudan on 19 January.