2023 Afcon qualifier preview: Ghana vs Angola.

Ghana are seeking to bounce back from their poor World Cup performance in Qatar last year as they face the Palancas Negras of Angola on Thursday in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Baba Yara stadium.

While new Black Stars coach Chris Hughton will oversee a match for the first time, it will also be the first Black Stars’ game in Kumasi after they drew 0-0 with Nigeria, a result that helped in securing qualification for the World Cup.

The former Newcastle manager says a victory will be very important to start with.

“For me personally it will be a wonderful thing and of course hugely important to get the win but more importantly for the team. To win this game at home is hugely important,” said Hughton ahead of the game.

Angola, on the other hand, have envisioned announcing a comeback in the AFCON having bowed out in the group stage of the 2019 edition. They have done just fine in their first two qualifiers recording a win and a draw over Central African Republic and Madagascar respectively.

Head coach Pedro Goncalves is aware of the toughness of the fixture and has vowed to upset the four-time African champions.

“We are going to face a powerful team in Africa but in our mind, we want to grow, play and challenge ourselves with the big teams.

“This is our mind as we face the Black Stars. Watch out for us, believe that we will face one-on-one and beat the Black Stars,” he said.

Both teams are tied on points with four each which makes the fixture a crucial one.

READ ALSO:  Akonnor disappointed with performance of ‘makeshift’ players in South Africa defeat

FORM GUIDE (LAST FIVE MATCHES)

Ghana’s two World Cup losses are their only defeats in the last five games. However, two of their last three wins came in friendly matches against Nicaragua and Switzerland. Angola have also won three, lost one and drawn the other in their last five games.

GHANA’S FORM

2 December   2022   Ghana  0–2 Uruguay   2022 World Cup Group H

28 November 2022 South Korea 2-3 Ghana 2022 World Cup Group H

24 November 2022 Portugal 3-2 Ghana 2022 World Cup Group H

17 November 2022 Ghana 2–0 Switzerland Friendly

27 September 2022 Nicaragua 0–1 Ghana Friendly

 

ANGOLA’S FORM

20 November  South Africa 1–1 Angola    Friendly

17 November Angola 1–0 Botswana   Friendly

10 July 2022 Botswana 1–0 Angola  COSAFA Cup

7 July 2022 Angola 3–0 Seychelles  COSAFA Cup

5 July2022 Angola 3–1 Comoros  COSAFA Cup

HEAD TO HEAD

Both teams have met thrice in International friendlies and thrice in AFCON competitions. Ghana have the advantage in terms of head-to-head with three wins and two draws with a single defeat which they suffered 26 years ago. In their last meeting, Angola who were the hosts of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations lost 1-0 to the Black Stars in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

11 Nov 1982 Angola 1-2 Ghana International Friendly

06 Oct 1996 Ghana   2-1 Angola  Africa Cup of Nations

22 Jun 1997 Angola  1-0 Ghana  Africa Cup of Nations

28 Apr 2004 Ghana  1-1 Angola  International Friendly

18 Nov 2009 Angola 0-0 Ghana  International Friendly

24 Jan 2010 Angola 0-1 Ghana  Africa Cup of Nations

Recent Articles

How to Know Your Calls Are Being Monitored

Our smartphones are like our best friends. We share our secrets with them, and they are always there for us.  They are like a...

How to Tell if Your Phone Conversation Is Being Recorded

Laws governing the recording of telephone conversations vary by state. If you suspect your phone calls are being recorded without your consent, first determine...

How to See Deleted Messages on WhatsApp (Android & iPhone)

You've probably seen other WhatsApp users delete messages they sent because afterward, they decided you shouldn't view them for whatever reason. Like many others,...

4 Ghanaian startups among 23 in Visa’s inaugural Fintech accelerator program

Global payments giant, Visa has selected 23 startups from nine African countries for the inaugural cohort of the Visa Africa Fintech Accelerator, and four...

Telco industry pays GHS6 billion to government in 2022

Telecoms industry players who are members of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications (GCT) paid a total of GHS6.07 billion in taxes, fees, levies and...

Related Stories