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South Africa vs Ghana Preview

South African midfielder Percy Tau

South Africa will need to topple Ghana in order to top Group G, and there’s no better opportunity to beat the favourites than on home soil at the FNB Stadium. The visitors will be raring to go after missing out on qualification to football’s showpiece event, eventually beaten for their ticket to Russia’s 2018 edition by a Mohamed Salah inspired Egypt.

When Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe blows the whistle to kick-off proceedings at 18:00 tonight, both nations’ hopes will be placed on their teams to deliver the goods. The Black Stars enter Mzansi’s borders with three points to their name after securing a 1-0 win over Ethiopia thanks to a Mubarak Wakaso goal at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.

Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana came away from the National Sports Stadium in Harare with a clean sheet during the goalless draw with Zimbabwe in coach Hugo Broos’ first match on the South African bench.

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2022 World Cup Qualifier
Monday 6 September
FNB Stadium
18:00

To Win
South Africa 16/10
Draw 31/20
Ghana 39/20

South Africa

South Africa were underwhelming from an attacking view point against Zimbabwe as Percy Tau struggled to make a meaningful impact on the game. Luther Singh was also largely ineffective in creating goalscoring opportunities for striker Evidence Makgopa, while Victor Letsoalo made a cameo appearance as a substitute.

If South Africa are to have any chance of claiming a positive result, Tau will need to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and begin dictating Bafana’s intent to penetrate Ghana’s defence, getting inside their box and making our strikers pull the trigger at the end of our best attacking manoeuvres.

South Africa can’t afford to be wasteful when presented with opportunities against a team that they’ve failed to beat in the last five meetings, losing twice and sharing the spoils three times.

Coach Hugo Broos seemed content with the point earned in Harare and will surely look to build on that result with maximum points at home. However, Ghana is a different team to Zimbabwe who’ll enjoy much better playing conditions at The Calabash and with the quality of the Ayew brothers and Jeffrey Schlupp leading their attack, a small lapse in concentration could find Bafana on the back foot at an early stage in the contest.

Defensively, South Africa need to be resolute. In fact, if newly-appointed captain Ronwen Williams can keep six clean sheets in qualifying, South Africa will find themselves in good stead to seal progression to the World Cup for the first time since hosting the 2010 edition. After watching last Friday’s clash, it leaves me wondering, is this our approach?

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Ghana

Ghana is without Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey but are still a force to be reckoned with. The Crystal Palace duo of Jordan Ayew and Schlupp would look to pull the strings against a defence that are likely to be without Thibang Phete, who tested positive for Covid-19 last week, along with Sundowns’ attacking midfielder Thabiso Kutumela.

However, due to procedures and protocols that would’ve meant any player visiting South Africa and returning to Britain must quarantine for a period that would see them missing crucial games for their English Premier League and Championship clubs, these quality footballers will not line up against Bafana Bafana.

Skilled forward Andre Ayew, with 94 international caps to his name, will spearhead the Black Stars’ attack, while Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Mohammed Kudus, who scored against South Africa in the two most recent meetings, will be yet another absentee along with Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey.

Defenders Andrew Yiadom and Baba Abdul Rahman have also not travelled with the squad meaning five of the previous game’s starting XI will be absent in Johannesburg. Coach Charles Akonnor will be weary of starting with Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori, whose not begun the season in the best of form, making silly errors leading to goals for the DStv Premiership outfit.

Full squads:

South Africa

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu) & Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs).

Defenders: Sydney Mobbie, Rushine De Reuck & Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siyanda Xulu (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Thibang Phete (Belenenses FC), Thabani Austin Dube & Sibusiso Mabiliso (Kaizer Chiefs).

Midfielders: Sipho Mbule & Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United), Mothobi Mvala (Mamelodi Sundowns), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune FC), Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy), Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs).

Forwards: Thabiso Kutumela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United), Gift Links (Aarhus GF), Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Victor Letsoalo (Royal AM), Percy Tau (Al Ahly) & Luther Singh (FC Copenhagen).

Ghana

Goalkeepers: Richard Atta (Hearts of Oak), Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St Gallen, Switzerland), Manaf Nurudeen (KAS Eupen, Belgium) & Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates, South Africa).

Defenders: Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo, Spain), Samuel Ashie Quaye (Accra Great Olympics), Philemon Baffour (Dreams FC), Alexander Djiku (Racing Starsbourg, France), Ismail Ganiyu (Asante Kotoko), Gideon Mensah (Girondins Bordeaux, France), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA) & Fatawu Mohammed (Hearts of Oak).

Midfielders: Majeed Ashimeru (Anderlecht, Belgium), Baba Iddrisu (Mallorca, Spain), Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Steadfast FC), Emmanuel Lomotey (Amiens, France), Samuel Owusu (Al Fahya, Saudi Arabia), Mubarak Wakaso (Shenzhen, China) & Yaw Yeboah (Wisla Krakow, Poland).

Forwards: Andre Ayew (Al Saad, Qatar), Daniel Afriyie Barnieh (Hearts of Oak), Joel Fameyeh (FC Orenburg, Russia), Emmanuel Gyasi (Spezia, Italy), Braydon Manu (SV Darmstadt, Germany) & Kwame Opoku (SM Alger, Algeria).

Prediction: South Africa Win (16/10)
Prediction? There will be football played, with much more fluidity from the South Africans who need to treat this match as a one-off knockout encounter. Ghana is there for the taking, considering the team selection and lack of key players available. My money is firmly on Evidence Makgopa to score and Bafana to win. If you’re as confident as I am, select South Africa & Yes in the Matchbet & Both Teams to Score market at 62/10.

Written by Bryan Naicker