By John Essien
Four-time AFCON champions, Ghana crashed out of the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon after a stunning 3-2 loss to debutant Comoros in Garoua on Tuesday.
The Black Stars came into their final Group C clash with one point and needed a win to progress into the round of 16, but couldn’t get past a determined Comoros side despite coming from behind twice to pull them level.
However, it was Ahmed Mogni’s second goal on the night that broke the heart of the Ghana fans, as Coach Milovan Rajevac’s men failed to progress from the group stage of the competition for the first time since 2006.
Thus, Ghana losing to Comoros prompted an AFCON upset research and The Heritage Times is keen to look at 5 of the biggest AFCON upsets in competition history.
Zambia V Ivory Coast (AFCON Final 2012)
Zambia defeated Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in a thrilling encounter to win its first Africa Cup of Nations in Libreville, Stophira Sunzu netting the deciding sudden-death penalty.
Burkina Faso V Ghana (AFCON Semi-final 2013)
The Stallions defeated Ghana through penalties to progress to the finals where they lost 1-0 to eventual champions Nigeria.
Madagascar V Nigeria (AFCON Preliminary Stage)
Debutants Madagascar stunned the Super Eagles of Nigeria by beating them in the last group game to seal top spot in Group B with seven points –one point adrift Nigeria progressed into the knockout phase as runners up.
Algeria V Equatorial Guinea (AFCON Preliminary Stage 2021)
114th ranked Equatorial Guinea ended Algeria’s 35-game unbeaten run in a shock 0-1 win over the defending champions who are currently at the bottom of Group E with one point and face possible elimination.
Ghana V Comoros (AFCON Preliminary Stage 2021)
Comoros registered their first ever victory in AFCON following a thrilling 3-2 win over Ghana. Despite winning the game, the tiny Island nation alongside Ghana were eliminated from the tournament.