Ghana suffered a humiliating group-stage exit at the Africa Cup of Nations after the four-time champions were beaten by debutants Comoros.
Comoros beat Ghana 3-2 at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium on Tuesday in the third and final day of Group C to revive their hopes.
El Fardou Ben Nabouhane put the islanders ahead early on, and Ghana then went down to 10 men when Andre Ayew was shown a straight red card.
Ahmed Mogni doubled the lead before the Black Stars fought back to make it 2-2.
However, Mogni tapped in his second in the 85th minute to inflict Ghana’s first group-stage exit since 2006.
The result in Group C will go down as one of the biggest shocks in Nations Cup history as Comoros scored at the finals for the first time and then went on to record their maiden victory.
The result means that Comoros now have a chance to reach the knockout stages as one of four best-ranked third-placed sides despite losing their opening two games.
Ghana’s exit will increase the pressure on coach Milovan Rajevac, who returned for a second spell in charge in September although he claims that he is still around.
“I came to Ghana to qualify the team for the World Cup. That is my primary target. I will stay and lead the team in the March play-offs,” Rajevac said.
The Serb led the Black Stars to the Nations Cup final in 2010 and the World Cup quarter-finals the same year.
He guided the West Africans through to Africa’s play-offs for this year’s World Cup.