Ghana vs South Africa Preview



Two footballing countries who are striving to re-establish themselves amongst the continent’s greats reignite their rivalry in what has all the makings of a thrilling contest. Ghana are looking to bounce back from their disappointing AFCON 2019 campaign, while South Africa are all about giving coach Molefi Ntseki a perfect start to his tenure. Here’s how our analyst expects the game to progress… 
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2021 AFCON Qualifier
Ghana vs South Africa 
Thursday 14 November 
Cape Coast Sports Stadium 
21:00 


To Win 
Ghana 19/20
Draw 24/10
South Africa 28/10

Ghana

The once mighty Black Stars of Ghana have underachieved in recent years, having failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and crashing out in the 2019 AFCON in the round of 16. The 2015 AFCON runners up will be looking to turn their fortunes around when they host Bafana Bafana in an eagerly-awaited qualifier on home soil. 

The likes of Swansea City’s Andre Ayew and Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew are seasoned campaigners and Kwesi Appiah’s side will look to them to provide goals. Maritzburg United goalkeeper, Richard Ofori is expected to give them insight on South Africa’s approach as he has faced a lot of the Bafana Bafana players in the domestic league. 

Kudus Mohammed, who received his first ever call up, came off the bench and scored the equalizer for FC Nordsjaelland in their 2-2 draw against Hobro IK in the Danish Superliga. Deportivo Alaves midfielder Mubarak Wakaso and Columbus Crew defender Harrison Afful will miss the game due to injuries and only Hearts of Oak defender Fatawu Mohammed has been a late edition to the squad, as the coach believes he’s got enough depth in midfield and there’s no need for more call ups. 

Ghana Squad

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), Razak Abalora (Azam FC, Tanzania)

Defenders: Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Lumor Agbenyenu (Real Mallorca, Spain), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo, Spain), Kassim Nuhu (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany), Nicholas Opoku (Udinese, Italy), Mohammed Salisu (Real Valladolid, Spain), Fatawu Mohammed (Hearts of Oak)

Midfielders: Samuel Owusu (Al Fahya, Saudi Arabia), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo, Italy), Iddrisu Baba (Real Mallorca, Spain), Christopher Antwi-Adjei (SC Paderborn, Germany)

Strikers: Andre Ayew (Swansea, England), Mohammed Kudus (FC Nordsjaelland, Denmark), Emmanuel Boateng (Dalian Yifang, China), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Torric Jibril (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Shafiu Mumuni (Ashantigold)

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South Africa

It’s a dawn of a new era for Bafana Bafana as they will play their first ever competitive game under coach Molefi Ntseki. His first ever game was a friendly against Mali, which he won 2-1 courtesy of a Dean Furman and a Themba Zwane strike. Speaking of Zwane, he is sidelined by injury and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Lebogang Manyama has been called up to replace him. 

Ghana should be Bafana’s strongest opponent in their group as the other two teams are Sudan and São Tomé and Príncipe who should be easy to beat. The fact that the big guns of the group face these teams on the weekend will not stop them from having a full go at each other. 

In terms of head to head statistics, South Africa and Ghana have met 12 times in history with the former winning three times, including the famous 3-0 victory in the 1996 AFCON. Ghana has emerged victorious on four occasions and five of those matches were drawn which includes the recent stalemate in June this year. 

Bafana Bafana Squad

Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (OH Leuven‚ Belgium)‚ Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)‚ Ricardo Goss (Bidvest Wits)

Defenders: Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits)‚ Eric Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs)‚ Buhle Mkhwanazi (Bidvest Wits)‚ Sifiso Hlanti (Bidvest Wits)‚ Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates)‚ Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns)‚ Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns)‚ Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City)

Midfielders: Dean Furman (SuperSport United)‚ Thulani Serero (Al-Jazira‚ United Arab Emirates)‚ Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns)‚ Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford‚ England)‚ Bongani Zungu (Amiens SC)‚ Thato Mokeke (Cape Town City)‚ Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Lebogang Phiri (Guingamp‚ France)‚ Mothobi Mvala (Highlands Park)‚ Aubrey Modiba (SuperSport United)

Strikers: Percy Tau (Club Brugge)‚ Kermit Erasmus (Cape Town City)‚ Lebohang Mothiba (Strasbourg‚ France)‚ Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United).

Prediction: Draw (24/10)

Ghana have home ground advantage and they have experienced players who ply their trade in Europe and across Africa. On the other hand, South Africa bring their A-game when they’re playing against so-called big teams and they tend to do well whenever a new coach is introduced. A share of the spoils is on the cards.

Written by Benedict Ngwenya 

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