The Black Stars of Ghana have locked horns with their African brothers, Sudan at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.
As a result of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Ghana cannot have her wild fans cheer them up at the stadium as they are set to pin their friends from Sudan down.
So far, a beautiful curler from the captain of the Black Stars as a result of an infringement in the 19th minute has put the Black Stars ahead.
Match Preview of Ghana vs Sudan
The Black Stars come into this game as favorites having won both games so far without conceding a goal. Victories against South Africa and São Tomé and Príncipe leaves the four-time champions on top of Group C.
Despite taking charge of two games, CK Akonnor will be on the sidelines for his first competitive game with the national team. The former Kotoko coach has showed contrasting forms in his opening two friendly games, losing 3-0 to Mali and beating Qatar 5-1.
His pursuit to enjoy a winning start in competitive games will be made tougher because of the absence of fans. The national team have in the past depended on the fans during home games and it would be interesting to see how the team copes without fans.
Sudan on the other hand have been struggling for form, winning just five games since the start of 2019.
One of those victories was a huge 4-0 win over São Tomé which leaves the North Africans second in Group C for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Sudanese appointed Hubert Velud in January 2020 to replace Croatian trainer Zdravko Logarusic and the game against Ghana will be his first competitive assignment.
Velud has had the chance to work with his new players in the last set of friendlies which Sudan lost 3-0 to Tunisia, tied 2-2 with Ethiopia and drew 1-1 with Togo.
Richard Ofori, Christopher Nettey, Baba Rahman, John Boye, Alexander Djiku, Afriyie Acquah, Emmanuel Lomotey, Samuel Owusu, Tarique Fosu, Jordan Ayew, Andre Ayew.
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SOURCE: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI