Black Stars of Ghana to face Cape Verde in the AFCON Group B opening on Sunday

The Black Stars of Ghana are expected to put their slow starters tag behind and beat Cape Verde in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) group B opening encounter at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan on Sunday.

The Black Stars of Ghana suffered a disastrous group stages exit when they last showed up in Cote d’Ivoire during the 1984 AFCON tournament.

The recent group stages exit by Ghana at AFCON 2021, has made the situation more dire for the Black Stars players who would have to put more work to prevent another group stages disaster.

The four-time champions are chasing their first AFCON trophy in 41 years, and the task seem stern, with the odds seemingly not in favour of the Black Stars winning the trophy.

The Black Stars have been slow starters, having failed to win the first match in the last two tournaments, while Blue Sharks have not lost an opening AFCON match since making their debut in 2013.

Ghana would be meeting Cape Verde for the second time at the AFCON, with the Black Stars securing a 2-0 win during their first encounter in the quarterfinals of the 2013 AFCON.

Black Stars coach Chris Huhgton, who has been ‘under fire’ over the past few matches, will need a good start to re-establish the confidence of the Ghanaian fans.

Ghana’s last friendly match against Namibia, which ended scoreless, threw more doubt about the preparedness of the team, and the Cape Verde encounter will certainly test the strength of the Black Stars team.

Source: GNA

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