The hosts will be looking to exact revenge on their visitors following a narrow 1-0 defeat at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi last time out.
Angola and Ghana will face off in a crucial 2023 AFCON qualifier on Monday, March 27, 2023, at the Estadio 11 de Novembro in Luanda. Egyptian referee Mohamed Maarouf Eid Mansour and his assistants Ahmed Tawfik Teleb Ali and Mahmoud Ahmed Abo El Regal will officiate the match.
The two teams are locked on seven points at the top of Group E, with Ghana leading on goal difference. The Black Stars have won two and drawn one of their three games, while Angola has won one and drawn two.
Ghana are looking to secure their qualification for the continental showpiece with a game to spare, as they have a tricky final fixture against Madagascar away from home. The four-time champions have been impressive under new coach Chris Hughton, who took over from Charles Akonnor in February 2023.
Hughton’s first game in charge was a dramatic 1-0 win over Angola in Kumasi on Thursday, thanks to a last-gasp goal by substitute Antoine Semenyo. The Bristol City forward came off the bench to score in the 96th minute and break the hearts of the resilient Palancas Negras.
Angola vs Ghana Live Match Details
Competition: TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers
Match: Angola vs Ghana
Venue: Estadio 11 de Novembro
Kick Off: 16:00GMT (4:00PM Local Time)
Referee: Mohamed Maarouf Eid Mansour – Egypt
Assistant I: Ahmed Tawfik Teleb Ali – Egypt
Assistant II: Hany Abdelfattah Mahmoud Elsnadidy – Egypt
Fourth Official: Mohamed Adel Elsaid Hussein – Egypt
Match Commissioner: Johannes Jakob Vries – Namibia
Referee Assessor: Celestin Ntagungira – Rwanda
Ghana have a strong squad that features several players based in Europe, such as Arsenal’s Thomas Partey, Nottingham Forest’s Andre Ayew, Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew, Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey and Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu. They also have a rising star in Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus, who has scored four goals in six games for his club this season.
Angola, on the other hand, are hoping to bounce back from their narrow defeat and keep their hopes of qualifying alive. The Palancas Negras have not reached the AFCON since 2013, and they are determined to end their drought under coach Pedro Goncalves.
Goncalves has done a remarkable job since taking over in November 2022, leading Angola to an unbeaten run of 12 games before losing to Ghana. He has also improved the team’s defensive solidity, conceding only three goals in six qualifiers.
Angola has a mix of experienced and young players in their squad, such as veteran goalkeeper Tony Cabaça, captain Bastos Quissanga, midfielder Herenilson Carmo and forward Fabio Abreu. They also have some exciting talents like winger Zito Luvumbo, who plays for Cagliari in Italy, and midfielder Show, who plays for Belenenses in Portugal.
The match between Angola and Ghana promises to be a thrilling encounter, as both teams have a lot at stake. Ghana will be aiming to seal their qualification with a win, while Angola will be fighting for their survival with a positive result.
Angola vs Ghana Live Match: Team News
Alexander Djiku was forced off with an injury scare in Ghana’s last involvement, and the defender is currently a major doubt for Monday’s contest.
As a result, Joseph Aidoo could be handed a place in the starting lineup here after coming on for Djiku in the final knockings of the aforementioned game.
Having recently opened his international account at the sixth time of asking, Antoine Semenyo will be aiming to come up with the goods once again.
Ary Papel has made 49 appearances for Angola, and his next game would see him join a handful of players to have racked up half a century of caps.
Midfielder Show lasted only just 33 minutes last time out before coming off with a knock, but he is expected to be fit in time to feature for the away side.
Angola possible starting lineup:
Cipriano; Carneiro, Mananga, Gaspar, Ndefe; Show, Fredy; Papel Ary, Gelson, Costa; Nzola
Ghana possible starting lineup:
Ati-Zigi; Mensah, Aidoo, Amartey, Odoi; Partey, Addo; Ayew, Kudus, Sulemana; Williams
Source: Sport Mole