World Cup Qualifier: Inaki Williams etched his name into the hearts of Ghanian fans by scoring a late winner

In a breathtaking World Cup qualifying match at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana, Inaki Williams etched his name into the hearts of fans by scoring a late winner, securing a 1-0 victory against Madagascar. The stadium erupted in joy as Williams, with the last kick of the game, delivered a momentous goal, marking his debut on the scoresheet for the Black Stars.

Inaki Williams

The winning goal, struck in the 96th minute, showcased Williams’ resilience and determination. The play unfolded with a spectacular cross from Gideon Mensah, setting the stage for Williams to make a memorable impact on his first international goal for Ghana. The fans at the Baba Yara Stadium, overwhelmed by the thrilling conclusion, echoed Williams’ name in a harmonious chant, creating an unforgettable atmosphere.

Athletic Club’s Inaki Williams’ late heroics kick-started Ghana’s 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign with a triumphant 1-0 win. Despite having played numerous games for Ghana without finding the back of the net, Williams’ perseverance paid off, and his goal has become a symbol of triumph over past goal-scoring challenges.

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Coach Chris Hughton, who stood firmly by Williams amid criticism, was rewarded for his faith in the striker. Williams, in a heartening display of gratitude, immediately embraced his coach after securing the victory. While Williams took the spotlight with his crucial goal, Majid Ashimeru and Gideon Mensah earned praise as standout performers on the pitch.

A picture is worth a thousand words: Iñaki Williams and Chris Hughton share a hug.

Inaki Williams’ versatility, operating from the wings and as a central striker, demonstrated his prowess and added valuable options to the team. The resounding cheers from the crowd, the camaraderie among teammates, and the outpouring of love from Kumasi after his debut goal in Ghana colors will undoubtedly remain etched in Williams’ memory forever.

The victory not only provided a winning start to the World Cup 2026 qualifiers for Ghana but also offered a much-needed respite for Inaki Williams from previous criticisms. The road ahead may hold challenges, but this memorable win serves as a testament to the team’s potential and resilience.

Watch Inaki Williams’ goal below: