The game between the Barea and the Black Stars, counting for the fifth day of the AFCON qualifiers, will take place on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Barea stadium in Mahamasina.
D-2. The Ghanaians have proven their status as Group E favorites so far and hold the top spot after a run of two wins and two draws. They defeated the Malagasy selection 3-0 on the first day on June 1, 2022. They won 1-0 on the third day on March 23 against Palancas Negras. Ghana separated by an all against the Central African Republic in second on June 5, 2022 and achieved the same score against Angola on March 27, counting for the fourth day. Coach Chris Hughton, appointed head of the Ghanaian team since this year, will field almost the same formation as in the previous two matches. The Irish boss coached Nottingham Forest the previous season after coaching English clubs like Brighton, Norwich City and Newcastle United. According to some dailies on the African continent and also social networks, the twenty-four called up Ghanaians are all players who play in Europe, including five from England, four from France, two from Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and one from Germany, Switzerland, Serbia and Moldova. Among those playing in England are the brothers Jordan Ayew, Crystal Palace striker, and André Ayew, Nottingham Forest striker, Arsenal midfielder Thomas Pratey and Daniel Amartey, Leicester defender. Expats from France are AJ Auxerre defender Gideon Mensah and Clermont Foot 63’s Alidu Seidu. There is also Spanish club Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams.
Strong on paper
As for the last meetings between the two teams, Madagascar defeated Ghana in the CHAN group stage in Algeria by 2 to 1, after the defeat of entry to the CAN qualifiers in June 2022. In a friendly match, Madagascar has also beat Ghana 2 to 1 on May 25, 2022. Undoubtedly, Ghana remains one of the great countries of African football, with a solid record, with its four World Cup final stages, including the quarter-finals. finalist in 2010 in South Africa. We can also mention his twenty-three finals of the CAN with four titles on the clock (1963, 65, 78, 82). This country has already won the bronze medal of the Olympic Games in 1992. The strong Ghanaian delegation, made up of seventy-five members, is scheduled to arrive this Friday night on a special flight. Madagascar, quarter-finalists of Can 2019 and bronze medalist of the last CHAN in Algeria, occupies fourth place in the group after the fourth day of the CAN 2023 qualifiers with only one point, after three defeats and a draw. In full force since Tuesday, the Barea have done twice-daily training. They did their training in Soavina on natural grass yesterday and this Friday. The Madagascar-Ghana match will be broadcast live on TVM.