Ghana's Andre Ayew scored a first-half penalty to secure victory over Uganda in the opening Group D match at the African Nations Cup in Port Gentil's new stadium on Tuesday.
The penalty came after Uganda centre back Isaac Isinde, lost possession to Asamoah Gyan, who he then pulled back.
The four-times African champions had to fight off Uganda in the second half, who marked their return to the tournament after a 39-year absence with an impressive performance.
Uganda coach “Micho” brought on attacking substitutes after the break and took the game to their more fancied opponents, who were runners-up at the last finals two years ago.
Uganda dominated the midfield and constantly probed without being able to break through, but left a good impression and will hope to test both Egypt and Mali in their next two matches.
Uganda finished the first half with a flourish, and Faruku Miya of Standard Liege should have done better than send in a shot that grazed the post on its way past.
Tonny Mawejje came close and captain Geoffrey Massa (above) tried his luck from a 30-yard free-kick that flew inches over Razak Brimah’s bar, as Ghana held on.
In the next game, Uganda will take on Egypt, who made their own comeback at the Cup of Nations after a seven-year absence in a 0-0 stalemate with Mali.