The Black Stars will today open the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against the Bafana Bafana at Cape Coast Sports Stadium at 7 pm before playing Sao Tome and Principe four days later.
Ghana goes into the games with a new Football Association (FA), President and executive council that will steer the affairs of the association for the next four years.
The FA has launched a passion-igniting campaign for the Black Stars’ African Cup qualifying campaign.
The drive, known as ‘Bring Back the Love’, is aimed at igniting passion and galvanizing support for the Black Stars as they seek to redeem themselves after their disappointing 2019 AFCON battle.
As part of the initiative, players and officials of the Black Stars made brief stop-overs, on their way to Cape Coast, where they interacted with fans and distributed merchandise to them.
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Expectations are high for Ghana as they start their qualifying campaign against South Africa, who is likely to be their closest rivals in the group, though with two spots up for grabs they are both expected to earn qualification ahead of Sudan and Sao Tome and Principe. The South African head coach Ottis Gibson has stated how he sees a point as a good result and it would be no shock if they played with a defensive mindset with the onus on Ghana to break them down. Recent matches between these two nations have been very close and a low scoring draw in the prediction.
The 2021 AFCON tournament will be hosted by Cameroon.