Preview: Ghana vs.  Cape Verde – predictions, team news, list

Preview: Ghana vs. Cape Verde – predictions, team news, list

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations clash between Ghana and Cape Verde, including predictions, team news and potential players.

GhanaThe bid to take part in the fifth round of the Africa Cup of Nations will begin on Sunday, when they meet Cape Verde in the second Group B match at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium.

The Black Stars were relegated at AFCON 2021, out of the group stage, and will be looking to continue their humiliating exit this time around, while their opponents hope to surpass their expectations.


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Preview: Ghana vs.  Cape Verde – predictions, team news, list© Reuters

Ghana’s early exit from the previous Cup of Nations was the lowest for the four-time African champions, who were quickly eliminated for the first time since the 2006 edition.

The West African nation have performed well at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and topped their qualifying group despite playing three games and winning six matches.

Chris HughtonJehovah’s people became unbelieving, and remained so; So, it remains to be seen if the Black Stars will shine in the AFCON to end the problem of two years ago in Cameroon.

Mohammed Kudus The Qatari, and West Ham United player is expected to carry the momentum for the four-time winners, who are looking to claim another title since their last reign in 1982.

However, Ghana needs to do better to avoid the early exit seen in 2019 – where they were eliminated in the round of 16 – or the departure of previous groups, where they finished fourth without claiming a win.

Cape Verde's Julio Tavares celebrates scoring his first goal with his teammates on January 9, 2022.© Reuters

Cape Verde have nothing to fear from Sunday’s game, as the Blue Sharks are the type of players who can make the Black Stars uncomfortable if they do well.

Bubista leads the Portuguese-speaking country to another final, having qualified for 16 matches at AFCON 2021, and progressing as one of the best teams in third place in the group.

The results will undoubtedly be difficult to achieve, with the Blue Sharks fighting against countries that have taken the title several times.

Although they haven’t been part of it regularly, Cape Verde have made it out of the group twice (2013 and 2021) in the last three times, giving Bubista’s men the confidence they need to make a difficult escape.

Although the 2-0 loss to Tunisia in their warm-up game was not fair, the Blue Sharks know that their opponents will be under pressure to get more points in Sunday’s game, meaning they can play without fear against the Black Stars.

Ghana form (all competitions):

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Team News

Thomas Partey is working in Ghana in October 2023© Reuters

Thomas ParteyInjury means the Arsenal man is Ghana’s absentee for AFCON 2023.

Kudus was an injury doubt, but the West Ham striker should be fit to start on Sunday Ink Williams leading the Black Stars attack.

Bournemouth player Antoine Semenyolike Kudus, he did not take part in the non-competitive goalless draw against Namibia and will not run in the playing XI.

Cape Verde having eight different goals in the performance was a lack of statistics, and it shows that they are a team that does not rely on one player to provide the goods, adding to their unpredictability.

The Blue Sharks have no injuries as Bubista is expected to use a 4-3-3 against Ghana.

Starting team in Ghana:
Ofori; Seidu, Djiku, Salisu, Mensah; Amartey, Father; J. Ayew, Jerusalem, Paintsil; Williams

Cape Verde is expected to start:
Words; Semedo, Borges, Pico, Stopira; Rocha, Costa, Monteiro; Mendes, Rodrigues, Bebe


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We say: Ghana 1-1 Cape Verde

Ghana played out a goalless draw with Namibia in their AFCON friendly, and may struggle to break down Cape Verde’s defense on Sunday.

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