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Sports News Tue, 2 Jul 2019

Ghana-Guinea Bissau: Black Stars in a must win game against Djurtus

Ghana will be looking to avoid a shocking early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations when they face Guinea-Bissau in their final group match.

A defeat would send Ghana home but they will progress to the last 16 with a win against Guinea Bissau.

Two points in two games is not the best for the four times African Champions and Kwasi Appiah will be looking forward to change that thread.

Despite missing key players like Kassim Nuhu (suspension), Christian Atsu and Thomas Agyapong (injured), and added to the uncertainties surrounding the fitness of Andre Ayew and Jonathan Mensah. Kwasi Appiah should be able to overcome Baciro Cande’s men.

The last time the Black Stars failed to make it out of the group stages of the African Cup Nations was in 2006 in the same country Egypt.

Ghana are on the run of four games without a win in the African Cup of Nations.

Guinea-Bissau are still in search of their first ever win at the African Cup of Nations, but the draw against Benin saw them pick up their first ever point at the showpiece.

The Djurtus can progress if they get a shocking win over Ghana in Suez.

After succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau fared slightly well by picking a point against Benin in their second game.

Guinea-Bissau have the least shot on target compared to all teams in the competition, registering only one in two games.

Past Meetings

This is the first time they are meeting in the African Cup of Nations

Team News

Kwasi Appiah’s side has been rocked with injuries ahead of the competition with Christian Atsu joining Thomas Agyapong on the injury list.

Kassim Nuhu is also suspended for the game.

Captain of the side Andre Ayew and Jonathan Mensah will have to pass a late fitness test to be able to feature in the game.

Guinea-Bissau have no injury or suspension concerns ahead of this match.

Baciro Candé switched from a 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1 formation against Benin. He is expected to maintain it against Ghana.

Probable Line up Ghana

Ofori – Yiadom, Aidoo, Boye, Baba – Thomas, Wakaso – Owusu, A. Ayew, Asamoah – J. Ayew

Probable lineups Guinea-Bissau: Mendes – Nanu, Soares, Djalo, Mamadu Cande – Bura, Sori Mane – M. Balde, Pele, Piqueti – Mendy

Source: footballmadeinghana.com
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