CAF. Celebrates the Black Stars of Ghana and Asamoah Gyan on their clash with Angola in 2010
Ghana will be looking to bounce back from their disappointment at the 2022 Africa Nations Championship and continue their streak of qualifying for the AFCON since 2004.
Meanwhile, Angola will be hoping to build on their promising form in the qualifiers, having won all four matches leading up to the tournament.
The match is poised to be a potential decider in their race for a spot in Ivory Coast, as Ghana and Angola currently sit at the top of Group E, separated only by goal difference.
With a star-studded 25-man list, including captain Andre Ayew, Mohammed Kudus and Thomas Partey, Ghana will be looking to secure a victory in their first home match under Hughton’s leadership.
The Black Stars have played two matches so far in AFCON 2023 qualifying. They beat Madagascar 3-0 at home before a 1-1 draw vs Central African Republic in Angola.
Ghana were knocked out in the Group Stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. A 3-2 loss to Portugal preceded a 3-2 win against Korea Republic.
Their final fixture saw a 2-0 loss to Uruguay after Andre Ayew’s missed penalty at 0-0. They have since played in the CHAN tournament which is for domestically-based players, winning two and losing two matches.
Angola have taken four points from their qualifying group so far. They beat Central African Republic 2-1 at home and then drew 1-1 with Madagascar.
They played two friendlies towards the end of 2022. They beat Botswana 1-0 and 1-1 away to South Africa.
In January, they played two matches in the CHAN tournament. A team of Angolan-based players drew 3-3 with Mali and 0-0 against Mauritania.
Head to Head
These sides have met on just two previous occasions. They drew 0-0 in the friendly in 2009.
Their most recent meeting saw Ghana win 1-0 in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.
Chris Hughton has selected an impressive 25-man squad for his debut as head coach of Ghana, with captain Andre Ayew and Thomas Partey among the star players called up.
England-based attackers Jordan Ayew, Kamaldeen Sulemana, and Antoine Semenyo have also been included in the team. In defence, Tariq Lamptey, Daniel Amartey, and Mohammed Salisu are expected to form a formidable partnership, while Mohammed Kudus, who has been performing well in the Eredivisie, is one to watch.
Angola, on the other hand, has an experienced squad led by 37-year-old goalkeeper Hugo Marques, with striker Gelson Dala tasked with delivering goals alongside Helder Costa.
Ghana probable starting lineup:
Ati; Denis Odoi, Amartey, Salisu, Mensah; Partey, Samed; Sulemana, Kudus, J Ayew; Williams
Angola probable starting lineup:
Marques; Buatu, Gaspar, Ndefe, Afonso; Fredy, Show, Luz; Dala, Costa, Papel
We say: Ghana 2-0 Angola
Ghana head into the midweek clash with a star-studded squad capable of comfortably getting the job done. While Angola are no pushover, the Black Stars should be too difficult to handle and so we see Hughton kicking off his reign at the helm of affairs on a high.
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