Preview: Ghana vs São Tomé and Príncipe – prediction, team news, rosters
Ghana have already booked their ticket to next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the final group game against SÃ£o TomÃ© and PrÃncipe on Sunday is just a formality.
The Black Stars have a better head-to-head match than South Africa and Sudan who face off on Day 6 of the qualifiers. Whatever the outcome of this decisive match, Ghana will always qualify as one of the top two teams in Group C.
SÃ£o TomÃ© and PrÃncipe, meanwhile, have no chance of qualifying, they currently sit last in the group with no points recorded while conceding 13 goals.
The game is expected to be played behind closed doors in Accra as both teams aim to finish strong.
Despite qualifying, Ghana will want to dominate Group C and make a statement to the rest of Africa. The four-time CAN winners haven’t won the continental title for 40 years and are desperate to return to the top of African football.
The Black Stars made their qualifying process a little more stressful than it should have been and would like to appease the fans with a big win in the last round of games.
Charles Akonnor’s men had a well-deserved draw in South Africa, but performance could be improved considerably.
And that will be Akonnor’s goal; to use this game to restore confidence in the camp and among the supporters.
SÃ£o TomÃ© and PrÃncipe presents a good way for the Black Stars to make amends. The Falcons and True Parrots have not won a game since 2019 and are currently on a five-game losing streak.
They enter the game after a 2-0 home loss to Sudan.
When the two sides met in the second leg, Ghana narrowly won thanks to a lone goal scored on the spot by Jordan Ayew.
Akonnor once again welcomes his trio of Captain Andre Ayew, Thomas Partey and Jordan Ayew. All three did not make it to South Africa as they should have self-quarantined on their return to England.
Ghana have not suffered any injuries or suspensions and will see their full squad called up. Baba Iddrisu from Mallorca has not made it to Ghana due to his club’s lack of depth in his post.
Akonnor is expected to name a solid starting XI as he aims to impose his tactics on the team. With less than a year before next year’s CAN, it’s understandable that Akonnor won’t be able to put his foot on the pedal.
SÃ£o TomÃ© and PrÃncipe head coach Adriano Eusebio has named 11 overseas-based players to his squad for their clashes with Sudan and Ghana with Belenenses starlet SAD Ricardo Cardoso making the squad.
Ghana Scheduled XI (4-2-3-1): Abalora; Annan, Opoku, Ganiu, Rahman; Partey, Wakaso; AndrÃ©, Kudus, Bukari; Jordan.
SÃ£o TomÃ© and PrÃncipe Predicted starting eleven (4-2-3-1): D’Almeida, Quaresma, Martins, Vava, Nazare, Marcos; Varela, Jocy; Cardoso, Neves, Iniesta; Semedo
Ghana vs SÃ£o TomÃ© and PrÃncipe Prediction
While Akonnor should name a solid starting XI, the Black Stars should have enough in their tank to send SÃ£o TomÃ© and PrÃncipe. The Ghana team playing at home will prove too much for the Falcons and True Parrots team to manage.
Prediction: Ghana 3-0 SÃ£o TomÃ© and PrÃncipe