LIVE UPDATES: Ghana 2-0 Madagascar (AFCON 2023 Qualifiers)
The Black Stars host Madagascar at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.
Ghana, Madagascar, Angola and Central African Republic make up Group E, who will all feature this week. Angola will host Central African Republic at the Estadio 11 de November on Wednesday evening.
The Black Stars last featured in March, after qualifying for the 2022 Fifa World Cup. Ghana faced Nigeria in a third-round fixture, winning on the away goals rule and subsequently booked their place in the tournament that will be held in Qatar later this year.
Ghana are without a win in 2022, having played six games since January 5, when they began their year with a loss against Algeria. The African giants also lost to Morocco and Comoros, while recording stalemates against Gabon and Nigeria.
Also, Ghana will miss Arsenal star Thomas Partey owing to injury while Alfred Duncan announced his retirement from international football. The Ghana Football Association (GA) also confirmed that Joseph Aidoo has been ruled out for the qualifier.
“Defender Joseph Aidoo has been ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations Ivory Coast 2023 qualifier between Ghana and Madagascar after picking up an injury during training,” the GFA said in a statement.
Madagascar was set to square off against Afghanistan in March, however, the international friendly was called off due to Covid-19 infections among the players of the Madagascar camp.
In their last five fixtures, Madagascar recorded just one win, which came against Congo in a Fifa World Cup qualifier, while suffering three losses and a draw along the way.
Madagascar will also be without former captain Abel Anicet, who recently retired from international football. As reported by the Madagascar tribune, the 32-year-old announced his retirement from the national team ahead