Date: January 23rd, 2015
Venue: Estadio de Mongomo
Time: 18:00 (CAT)
Form Guide: (Last 3 Qualifiers): Ghana WLW
15th October: Ghana 3 – 1 Guinea
15th November: Uganda 1 – 0 Ghana
19th November: Ghana 3 – 1 Togo
Form Guide: (Last 3 Qualifiers): Algeria WWL
15th October: Algeria 3 – 0 Malawi
15th November: Algeria 3 – 1 Ethiopia
19th November: Mali 2 – 0 Mali
The Grand Stand Prediction:
The pace and creativity of the Ghanaian side were a serious threat to a well oiled, yet slow on the turn, Senegalese defence in their group opener; it will be entertaining to watch the enterprising attacking line get at The Desert Warriors, a side who have yet to truly hit their groove offensively and still look too susceptible to conceding the odd goal when they are turned and forced to defend facing their own goal.
The Desert Warriors are ranked number one in the continent for a reason, one they showed by overcoming a deficit against the relatively inexperienced South Africa side without even kicking into third gear; the young defence of The Black Stars will be determined to ensure that they learn from Bafana Bafana’s shortcomings and stop the Algerians from hitting their groove against them in a tie that could be tournament defining for more than just the two sides involved.
It promises to be a more strategic game that could see one side going all out to attack while their opponents play their patient waiting game, absorbing the pressure and testing their opponents on the break.
Scoreline Predictions: #GSVPredictor
Uncle Bob’s Prediction: Ghana 3 – 2 Algeria
SportsMano’s Prediction: Ghana 1 – 1 Algeria
Mary’s Prediction: Ghana 1 – 1 Algeria