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Black Stars looking to shine bright at Cote d’Ivoire 2023

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  • Ghana are in Group B with Cape Verde, Egypt and Mozambique
  • The Black Stars will be looking for a fifth continental trophy
  • Exciting talent raring to go for the Black Stars, including attacking sensation, Mohammed Kudus

Boasting an array of exciting talent, coupled with the invaluable experience of its more seasoned campaigners, next month’s  CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d’Ivoire 2023 could possibly be the year the Black Stars shine bright on the continent.

The red-hot Mohammed Kudus and Ernest Nuamah certainly stand out when thinking of the exciting talent available for Ghana while the likes of Thomas Partey and the ever-green Andre Ayew will be immense in bringing stability to the squad.

Ghana’s matches in Group B

  • 14 January: Ghana- Cape Verde:  20h00 GMT, Stade Félix-Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan
  • 18 January: Egypt – Ghana: 20h00 GMT, Stade Félix-Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan
  • 22 January: Mozambique – Ghana: 20h00 GMT, Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium, Abidjan

 

How Ghana qualified:

Jostled throughout the qualifiers but eventually secured their ticket to Cote d’Ivoire after overcoming the Central African Republic 2-1 on the very last day of the qualifiers to finish top of Group E.

The Black Stars are heading to their 24th  CAF Africa Cup of Nations appearance.

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Player to watch: Mohammed Kudus

A product of the Right to Dream Academy, Mohammed Kudus is without a doubt one of the key players for Ghana. With 6 goals scored in 15 club matches, the Accra native is preparing to participate in his second  CAF Africa Cup of Nations.

Dangerous coming in from the wing but can also play as a false 9, Kudus – if not well planned for, will be a problem for defenders in Cote d’Ivoire as he has over the last few years in club football.

The coach: Chris Hughton

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Of Irish origin, Chris Hughton was named Ghana coach in February 2023, a few weeks after the Black Stars were eliminated in the first round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

After having managed English teams such as Tottenham, Newcastle and Nottingham, the tactician is preparing for his first  CAF Africa Cup of Nations. With Hughton at the helm, Ghana offers a very solid game defensively. In fact, the Black Star concede very few goals. A fan of the 4-3-3, the tactician relies on fast wingers who are quick in attack.

Ghana’s Previous  AFCON performances:

  • 1963: Winner
  • 1965: Winner
  • 1968: Finalist
  • 1970: Finalist
  • 1978: Winner
  • 1982: Winner
  • 1992: Finalist
  • 1994: Quarter-finalist
  • 1996: Fourth
  • 2000: Quarter-finalist
  • 2002: Quarter-finalist
  • 2008: Third
  • 2010: Finalist
  • 2012: Fourth
  • 2013: Fourth
  • 2015: Finalist
  • 2017: Fourth
  • 2019: Eighth finalist
  • 2021: 1st round

 

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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