Ghana’s Amputee Football team, known as “The Black Challenge,” in a spectacular showdown at the MacDan Park in Accra, clinched the championship title of the 2023 African Para Games football tournament. This hard-fought victory came after they defeated Morocco 2-1 in a gripping final, marking a sweet redemption for the Ghanaians who had previously suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Moroccans during the group stage of the competition.
The Moroccans displayed their dominance early in the game, relentlessly pressuring Team Ghana’s defense and testing the skills of their goalkeeper. In the 38th minute, Morocco seized the opportunity, scoring a breathtaking curling shot into the top left corner following a midfield error by Allotey.
However, The Black Challenge roared back in the second half, relentlessly pushing against Morocco’s defense and forcing their goalkeeper into a series of remarkable saves. The crowd erupted with excitement as Hamza Mohammed’s goal in the dying moments of the game brought Team Ghana level. Riding the wave of this momentum, Captain Richard Attah sealed the deal with a beautifully executed free-kick, giving The Black Challenge a 2-1 lead in extra time and securing the championship trophy for Team Ghana.
Captain Richard Attah expressed his gratitude to everyone who had supported the team on their journey to victory, “ I would like to Thank God Almighty, the Ghana Amputee Football executive, the Local Organizing Committee, the technical staff, the media, and all the fans who cheered us on during this unforgettable home win at the African Para Games 2023. We promised and have delivered and I’m very excited about this”.
Captain for the losing side – Morocco’s captain, Mohcine Chrharh, admitted his side could have done more ,acknowledging the challenge posed by the formidable Ghanaian team. He stated, “We are still going to keep our heads up. This isn’t the result we expected but It wasn’t an easy. We were aiming for gold. Ghana is a very good side and it was a tough game. Congratulations to them”.