Jordan Ayew steals show with hat-trick as Ghana beat CAR in World Cup qualifier

Jordan Ayew stole the headlines in Kumasi with an impressive performance scoring a hat-trick to inspire Ghana to a thrilling 4-3 victory at the Baba Yara Stadium in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Central African Republic (CAR).

The 32-year-old scored from the spot in the sixth minute, a header from Gideon Mensah’s cross in the 60th minute and cemented the victory after Issahaku’s strike in the 69th minute despite Loius Mafouta’s hatrick for the away side.

The win has sent Ghana to the top of Group I awaiting the results of other fixtures in the group. Ghana, now have nine points with Madagascar and Comoros following closely with six points each.

Ghana went into the game fresh off a win over Mali last Thursday and were determined to secure another in the qualifiers as they aim for a fifth World Cup appearance.

Despite starting on the front foot, Jordan Ayew’s penalty was quickly cancelled in the 11th minute before Mafouta scored again before the break.

The tactical nous of Otto Addo came to play once more as the Kamaldeen and Fatawu Issahaku’s positional switch bore fruits.

However, the concerns lay within the defensive lineup as Ghana failed to do a decent job on the attack of the Wild Beast.

Jordan Ayew’s hat-trick is his second for the Black Stars having scored one in 2014 during Ghana’s pre-World Cup friendly against South Korea.

THe win also means Ghana extends its dominace at the Baba Yara Stadium having last lost there 24 years ago.

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