Ghana take on Sudan in Group C of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification on Thursday at 4pm.
Ghana, coached by Charles Akonnor, have so far made a perfect start to their qualification campaign and sit atop the group, beating both South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe in November last year.
Their opponents on Thursday come in the form of Sudan, who have clinched a resounding 4-0 win over Sao Tome and Principe, as well as a loss at the hands of South Africa, who are just above them in the group with a better head-to-head record.
If Ghana make it three wins from three, they could qualify for a ninth straight Africa Cup of Nations. Meanwhile, Sudan will be looking to cause an upset and improve upon their chances of making the tournament for the first time since 2012.
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Player to watch: Andre Ayew (Ghana)
Swansea forward and Ghana captain Andre Ayew is closing in one a century of caps for his nation, having represented the Black Stars on 90 occasions so far. Son of Ghana legend Abedi “Pele” Ayew, the France-born winger is just one cap away from becoming his nation’s joint third-highest appearance maker.
Should he start against Sudan, which is more than likely as skipper of Akonnor’s side, he will join former West Ham defender John Paintsil on 91 caps. Ayew has scored 17 goals for Ghana, which also puts him level with brother Jordan, but both still remain some way off their father’s record of 33 international goals.
It has been confirmed by Ghana’s Football Association that Thomas Partey has suffered a thigh injury and will not join up with the squad. The dynamic midfielder was withdrawn at half time during Arsenal’s 3-0 loss against Aston Villa over the weekend and now faces an anxious wait to find out the extent of the injury.
“Arsenal have confirmed that the player picked up a minor sprain in his ankle and would require treatment in London,” read a statement from Ghana’s FA.
“As a result, Partey, will not travel to Accra for the double header against Sudan as he continues his treatment in north London.”
The midfielder’s absence represents a major dent to Ghana’s hopes of qualification. He garnered a reputation at Atletico Madrid for his defensive exploits, but his ability with the ball at his feet and going forward were vastly under-appreciated. And those qualities will be sorely missed.
In La Liga last season, Partey completed 57 take-ons, at least 20 more than any other Atletico player at an average of 2.01 per 90. More remarkable, however, is the success rate of his take-on attempts. The 27-year-old completed 83.82% of his attempted take-ons in La Liga last season, a better success rate than any other player to attempt at least 50 across Europe’s top five divisions.
For Ghana as well he has scored 10 goals in just 30 international games, including the opener against South Africa in Group C last year, proving a bit of an all-round threat for Akonnor.
Scoreline prediction: Ghana 3-1 Sudan
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