2021 AFCON qualifiers: Ghana away to Sao Tome and Principe

Author: Kwame Larweh
Coach Kwasi Appiah likely to keep faith with stars line-up that beat South Africa

The Black Stars are expected to continue their smooth run into the qualifying series of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as they face Sao Tome and Principe today in their second group match.

After their emphatic 2-0 victory over South Africa in Cape Coast last Thursday, Coach Kwasi Appiah’s charges are poised to broaden the smiles of football fans in Ghana with a clean sheet to topple Sudan who currently occupy the top spot with three points in spite of losing 0-1 South Africa yesterday.

The Stars arrived yesterday in Sao Tome with much confidence, with Coach Kwasi Appiah lauding his charges for their brilliant performance against South Africa but cautioning them to avoid any form of complacency in today’s match.

As usual, Coach Appiah will rely on the services of goalkeeper Richard Ofori to keep a clean sheet in the goal post with Andy Yiadom, Joseph Aidoo, Kasim Nuhu keeping cover in defence to ward off any attack.

With in-form Thomas Partey in control of affairs, together with Alfred Duncan, Mohammed Kudus and Dede Ayew oiling the midfield machinery,  Emmanuel Boateng and Jordan Ayew will be in attack to deliver the goals.

With South Africa’s Bafana Bafana returning to winning ways with a lone victory over Sudan in their second match played at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg yesterday, a victory of the Black Stars over Sao Tome and Principe will widen the gap between them and Sudan.

Many football fans in Ghana have already dismissed Sao Tome and Principe as a threat to the Black Stars, but to Coach Appiah, nothing should be taken for granted in football.

With a population of about  200,000, the whole nation is expected to throw their weight behind their team to go the extra mile to surprise Ghana, one of the forces in football in Africa.

With many of their players based in Portugal, nothing but an upset is what the Cameroonian trainer of Sao Tome and Principe Gustane Clement Nyoumba would be expecting to make a name.

Coach Kwasi Appiah, therefore, needs to deploy a more strategic approach to this game in order to avoid any shock that can affect the chances of mounting the top spot of the group.