Preview: Ghana vs. Madagascar – Team news, lineups, prediction

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Ghana aim to get their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign off to a great start as they host Madagascar at the Cape Coast Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Madagascar, on the other hand, will be looking to cause an upset and be well on their way to the AFCON after missing the 2021 edition.

The Cape Coast stadium will be ready to accommodate both teams after CAF’s approval. The venue was previously deemed unfit for usage during the final hurdle of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Ghana and Madagascar will be expected to give it their all and please spectators.

Preview

Ghana come into the encounter in search of their first win in 2022 after failing to record any victory in their last six games despite securing qualification to the world cup.

The Black Stars disappointed fans at the beginning of the year with a horrendous showing in the AFCON but brought smiles to the people after getting past Nigeria on away goal rule to book a place in Qatar.

With the technical team confirmed till the end of December, there is seemingly a bit of stability to work with.

Madagascar impressed neutrals in AFCON 2019 but experienced a dip since then, failing to qualify for the 2021 edition in Cameroon.

They also fell short in the World Cup qualifiers, placing 4th in Group J with just four points in six games.

A win against the Black Stars could be the start to a redemption arc for Barea.

Head-to-head

The two teams have battled each other on two occasions with Madagascar winning one and drawing one. A positive result for Ghana will even the scores.

Team News

Celta Vigo defender Joseph Aidoo will not be available to play due to twisting his ankle in training. Other players are available.

Madagascar also have their players ready for battle.

Ghana predicted XI: Wollacott, Odoi, Jonathan Mensah, Amartey, Gideon Mensah, Baba, Kyereh, Andre Ayew, Kamaldeen, Semenyo, Jordan

Madagascar predicted XI: Melvin, Metanire, Morel, Mamy, Lapoussin, Njiva, Marco, Raveloson, Amada, Bertrand, Abdallah

Prediction

Ghana possesses a strong team that will be fancied to get all three points. They will prove too strong for Madagascar on the day.

Ghana 2-0 Madagascar

By: Bill Eshun|3Sports|Ghana

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