Date: February 5th, 2015
Venue: Nuevo Estadio De Malabo
City: Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Time: 21:00 (CAT)
Form Guide: (Afcon Results): Ghana WWW
January 23rd: Ghana 1 – 0 Algeria
January 27th: South Africa 1 – 2 Ghana
February 1st: Ghana 3 – 0 Guinea
Form Guide: (Afcon Results): Equatorial Guinea DWW
January 21st: Equatorial Guinea 0 – 0 Burkina Faso
January 25th: Gabon 0 – 2 Equatorial Guinea
January 31st: Tunisia 1 – 2 Equatorial Guinea
The Grand Stand Prediction:
With The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire having booked their place in the final of the 2015 Afcon tournament, all eyes will be on this encounter to see which of these two teams will lock horns with Herve Renard’s men come Sunday. Ghanaian fans will be hoping that this is the year for their side, who have managed to reach the semifinal stage in the last four editions of the tournament but failed to advance beyond this stage on every occasion. Under Avram Grant, the Black Stars have looked like a side well capable of ending this run of bad luck, but with talismanic skipper Asamoah Gyan having been ruled out of this crucial clash, the hopes of the Ghanaian nation rest on the shoulders of the younger lads. The likes of Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew and newly inducted Kwesi Appiah will have to step up if the Black Stars are to overcome the host nation.
Esteban Becker’s Equatorial Guinea side must feel as though they are living a dream. Having been ruled out of the tournament in the qualifying stages, the Nzalang Nacional have made the most of the lifeline handed to them by Morocco’s withdrawal as hosts. Having put together a decent run of results, it’s the controversial manner in which they overcame a strong Tunisia side will be on the lips of many a fan, but Emilio Nsue and his fellow teammates will be more focused on writing the next chapter to what has been a fairytale tournament for the young squad.
A place in the final in front of their home crowd would certainly resemble a well scripted Equatoguinean football love story, but with a strong Ghana outfit standing in the way, the fans on 12th man duty will have to put in a solid shift to see their side through. For Ghana, the loss of Gyan will serve as a blow, but Avram Grant will still believe he has enough talent on his teamsheet to see the team through to a long overdue final.
Scoreline Predictions: #GSVPredictor
Uncle Bob’s Prediction: Ghana 2 – 3 Equatorial Guinea (aet)
Mary’s Prediction: Ghana 2 -0 Equatorial Guinea
Sportsmano: Ghana 1 – 3 Equatorial Guinea