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Ghana’s AFCON 2023 campaign: Group, calendar, opponents, and squad revealed

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Ghana, led by coach Chris Hughton, is gearing up for the imminent 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), with anticipation building around the Black Stars’ prospects in the tournament. In this comprehensive report, we delve into essential details, from the team’s group and calendar to insights into their preparation and key players.

AFCON 2023: Ghana’s Group, Calendar, and Opponents

The Black Stars find themselves in Group B, facing formidable opponents in Cape Verde, Egypt, and Mozambique. The opening two group-stage matches will take place at the Stade Félix-Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan, with the third scheduled at the Stade Olympique Alassane-Ouattara, also in Abidjan.

–  January 14, 9 p.m.: Ghana – Cape Verde, Stade Félix-Houphouët-Boigny
–  January 18, 9 p.m.: Egypt – Ghana, Stade Félix-Houphouët-Boigny
– January 22, 9 p.m.: Mozambique – Ghana, Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium

Ghana’s Qualification Journey for AFCON 2023

Ghana’s path to AFCON 2023 supremacy involved navigating Group E of the qualifiers undefeated, securing the top spot with 12 points from 3 wins and 3 draws. Notable matches include victories against Madagascar and the Central African Republic, underlining their resilience and consistency.

– Day 1: Ghana-Madagascar (3-0)
–  Day 2: Central African Republic-Ghana (1-1)
– Day 3: Ghana-Angola (1-0)
– Day 4: Angola-Ghana (1-1)
– Day 5: Madagascar-Ghana (0-0)
– Day 6: Ghana-Central African Republic (2-1)

  Ghana’s Recent Form and the Coaching Dilemma

While Ghana has been a notable presence in the World Cup, the AFCON title has eluded them since 1982, creating a sense of urgency for success. Chris Hughton, appointed as head coach in February, faces scrutiny after a mixed performance record, prompting questions within the Ghana Football Federation about his future.

The last ten matches provide a glimpse into the team’s challenges, including defeats in the 2022 World Cup and recent setbacks against Comoros, fueling doubts about the Black Stars’ current form.

Ghana’s Rising Star: Ernest Nuamah

Ernest Nuamah, a product of the Right to Dream Academy and now with Olympique Lyonnais, emerges as a promising talent for Ghana. With explosive speed, technical prowess, and the ability to challenge opponents, the 20-year-old forward has already showcased his potential. While still refining his finishing skills, Nuamah’s versatility positions him as a significant asset, possibly making a mark in AFCON 2023.

 

  AFCON 2023: Ghana’s Preparation and Pre-selection

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Ghana’s preparation for AFCON 2023 includes a training camp in Johannesburg, South Africa, commencing on December 31. A friendly match against Botswana on January 8 in Johannesburg will offer valuable insights into the team’s readiness.

As the anticipation builds, Ghana aims to make a mark in the tournament, with fans eagerly awaiting the squad’s performance under Chris Hughton’s leadership. The journey kicks off on January 14, as Ghana faces Cape Verde in what promises to be a thrilling AFCON 2023.

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