Ghana vs Madagascar – LIVE Reddit Soccer 01/06/2022
Ghana take on Madagascar at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in an AFCON qualifier on Wednesday, with both sides being in poor form. Ghana will be riding the high of qualifying for the World Cup later this year, having beaten Nigeria over two legs back in March. Otto Addo’s side have, however, been in poor form and are winless in their last six games across all competitions. They will look to turn things around with a win against Madagascar on Wednesday. Madagascar have also been in poor form, having won only one of their last six games across all competitions. Fabiano Flora’s side will be going into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw against Tanzania last time out. They will hope to take something away from the game against Ghana.
Despite both sides being in similar form of late, Ghana should have enough quality to get past Madagascar on Wednesday. However, the absence of Thomas Partey in midfield will be a huge blow for Addo’s side and will definitely have an impact on the game. With the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers commencing this week, Ghana and Madagascar will lock horns at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Wednesday night.
Ghana, Madagascar, Angola and Central African Republic make up Group E, who will all feature this week. Angola will host Central African Republic at the Estadio 11 de November on Wednesday evening. The Black Stars last featured in March, after qualifying for the 2022 Fifa World Cup. Ghana faced Nigeria in a third-round fixture, winning on the away goals rule and subsequently booked their place in the tournament that will be held in Qatar later this year. Ghana are without a win in 2022, having played six games since January 5, when they began their year with a loss against Algeria. The African giants also lost to Morocco and Comoros, while recording stalemates against Gabon and Nigeria.
Ghana were last in action back in March when they saw off West-African rivals Nigeria on the away goal rule to book their place at the upcoming World Cup in November.
After playing out a goalless draw in Kumasi, William Troost-Ekong converted his penalty midway through the first half to cancel out Thomas Partey’s 10th-minute opener in front of the home fans, but the Black Stars put on a solid defensive display to repel the Super Eagles and secure their place in Qatar.
This followed a woeful campaign at the Africa Cup of Nations back in January, where they suffered a shock group-stage exit after picking up just one point from three games.
After a 1-0 loss to Morocco in their Group C opener, Ghana played out a somewhat disappointing 1-1 draw with Gabon before suffering a shock 3-2 defeat at the hands of debutants Comoros in their final group game.
Despite their World Cup qualification success, the four-time Africa Cup of Nations winners, have now failed to taste victory in any of their last six outings, picking up three draws and losing three since a 1-0 win over South Africa in November 2021.
However, Otto Addo’s men will fancy their chances of ending this dry spell as they return home where they are unbeaten in eight games on the trot, picking up six wins and two draws since their last defeat in 2020.
Madagascar, on the other hand, will be looking to return to the continental showpiece for just the second time following their maiden participation in 2019, when they stormed to the quarter-finals before losing out to Tunisia.
The Barea then narrowly failed to secure a place in the 2022 edition after picking up eight points from six games to finish third in Group K of the qualifiers, one point off second-placed Ethiopia.
Madagascar head into Wednesday’s game on the back of a disappointing run in the World Cup qualifiers, where they finished rock bottom in Group J, seven points off group winners Congo DR.
Nicolas Dupuis’s side managed just one win, one draw and lost four of their six games to collect four points while scoring just four goals and conceding nine in that time.
Madagascar are currently winless in all but one of their 11 games across all competitions — picking up three draws and losing seven — with a 1-0 victory over Congo DR in October 2021 being the only exception.
Also, Ghana will miss Arsenal star Thomas Partey owing to injury while Alfred Duncan announced his retirement from international football. The Ghana Football Association (GA) also confirmed that Joseph Aidoo has been ruled out for the qualifier.
“Defender Joseph Aidoo has been ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations Ivory Coast 2023 qualifier between Ghana and Madagascar after picking up an injury during training,” the GFA said in a statement.
“The Celta Vigo man twisted his right ankle during training and has been ruled out of the game on Wednesday.
“Aidoo, who missed Monday’s training, is currently being observed by the medical team as the undergoes a thorough rehabilitation process to fully recover.”
The journey for the 34th edition of the African Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire has begun as the Black Stars of Ghana takes on the Barea of Madagascar at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
The Black stars who shamefully exited the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon at the group stages with just a point are set to redeem themselves with a better preparations as they kickstart their journey with lower ranked football nation, Madagascar.
Ghana’s coach, Otoo Addo who will be having almost everyone that featured in their World cup play offs against Nigeria will have nothing to offer to the Ghanaian fans than victory.
Otto Addo’s men will be looking forward to maintaining their good home records as they are unbeaten at home in eight games, picking up six wins and two draws since their last defeat in 2020.
In-form Bristol city attacker, Antoine Semenyo is likely to make his debut for the Black stars upfront alongside European conference league winner, Felix Ohene Gyan.
Madagascar, on the other hand, will be looking to make a return to African cup of nations for the second time following their maiden participation in Egypt 2019, where they reached the quarter-finals before losing out to Tunisia.