Follow the Live-play-by-play on GHANAsoccernet.com as the Black Stars of Ghana take on Bafana Bafana of South at the Cape Coast Stadium in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah will be searching for his first ever win over South Africa in all competitions when the Black Stars face off with the Bafana Bafana in the first game of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Kwesi Appiah as head coach of the team has never won a game against the South Africans in any competition.
Ghana drew against South Africa on October 11, 2016 in an international friendly which ended 1-1.
The second game played on June 15, 2019 in the United Arab Emirates also a friendly game ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations ended 0-0.
The last time the Black Stars defeated South Africa in a game was at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon when the Stars won 2-1 in a group stage game.
The game on Thursday, presents an opportunity for Kwesi Appiah to break the jinx and record his first win over the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
Meanwhile, South Africa coach, Molefi Ntseki in an interview disclosed that he has a fair idea of the Ghana team as well as the coaching tactics of Kwesi Appiah and is confident his side can cause an upset here in Ghana.
"I think our group is a difficult one but at the same time, we are giving ourselves an opportunity," he said.
"We will do proper profiling of Ghana and Sudan before we look into who the players are we want to bring in and which system we are going to deploy against those two opponents.
"We know that Ghana are more like us in the sense that they are in a building phase.
"They have not been doing well as a national team but Ghana is a football country and we know that they can always be very strong and give you a good game”, he added.
Below is the starting line up for both teams
Ghana black stars starting 11 to face south Africa 1Richard ofori 2Andy Yiadom 3Gideon MENSAH 4 Joseph Aidoo 5 Kasim Nuhu 6Alfred Duncan 7 Iddrisu Baba 8 Thomas Partey 9 Jordan Ayew 10 Andre Ayew 11 Emmanuel Boateng
South Africa starting XI
Algerian Officials will be in charge of tonight’s game between Ghana vs South Africa
Abde Razzek Arab
Both sides are done with the warm up and have entered into the dressing room
Game is about to begin at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium as the players come out of the tunnel with the CAF anthem being played.
Players exchange pleasantries.
Game about to begin
Referee whistles for the commencement of the game
01’ Ghana with the first move as a pass from Thomas Partey goes wide for a goal kick
02’- Andre Ayew is down on the pitch seems to have been fouled
05’ We have done five minutes with no incursions from both sides
Its Ghana 0-0 South Africa
Ghana awarded a free kick as Emmanuel Boateng has been fouled
06’ Nice cross from Partey into the box, Emmanuel Boateng comes up with a header, but ball has been blocked and cleared for a corner kick
07’ Ghana dominating play at the moment
08’ Kassim Nuhu sends a through pass to Duncan what a poor cross from the Sassuolo midfielder. Ball goes wide for goalkick
09’ Jordan Ayew fouled, referee whistles for a free kick. Ball effected, Jordan tries to flick it pass the goalkeeper, ball saved
10’ It’s Ghana 0-0 South Africa
11’ South Africa win a corner kick. Ball effected, Chance but the player fails to direct the ball into the net
12’- Duncan sends in a cross, he finds Boateng. Can this be a goal, his effort hits the defender and goes for a corner kick
13’ Referee whistles for offside against Ghana
14’ Gideon Mensah controls the ball with his hand, referee whistles for a foul. Free kick to South Africa.
Goal scoring opportunity if they can utilize it
15’ What a miss by Furman as he blasts the ball wide inside the six yard box. Ghana left off the hook.
17’ South Africa on the break, Percy on the ball but it has been intercepted by Nuhu Adams
19’ South Africa warming into the game, another foul awarded to The Bafana Bafana. This time around they try to play it short but it has been blocked
20’- Partey sends in a long ball hoping to find Boateng, ball goes wide for goalkick
21’ First yellow card of the game to Emmanuel Boateng after a dangerous tackle on Zulu
24’ Nice one two play from the Black Stars, Ayew with a through pass to Andy Yiadom, a good cross but Furman at the receiving end. Ball has been cleared
25’ It’s Ghana 0-0 South Africa
26’ Thomas Partey hits a long ball to the right side in search of Yiadom, ball goes wide for throw in
30’ Ghana 0-0 South Africa
31’ Chance for Ghana, Andre Ayew shoots, ball has been headed out for a corner kick
33’ Referee whistles for offside against Ghana
35’ Goal oooooo Partey with a trade mark strike.
He hits from 25 yards
It’s Ghana 1-0 South Africa
39’ South Africa wins a corner kick, ball has been cleared off it goes for a throw in
40’ It’s Ghana 1-0 South Africa
41’ South Africa dominating play at the moment.
43’ Beautiful skills from Ghana captain Andre Ayew, passes the ball to Jordan. Corner kick to Ghana
45’ We are doing two minutes of additional time here at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium
It’s Ghana 1-0 Cameroon
We are back from recess
Chance for Ghana, oh no what a timely intervention to by the South African defender to clear the ball off the feet of Boateng
50’ Partey wins a throw in for Ghana
51’ Chance for Ghana, Jordan beats his marker, send a low cross into the box, goal keeper paries the ball away
52’ Jordan with a Chance, he tries to find the top corner ball has been blocked goes wide for a throw in
55’ Ghana dominating play at the moment
57’- Gideon Mensah with a nice clearance, ball has been saved
58’ Partey with a long strike ball goes wide
Another Chance for Ghana, Jordan Ayew surges forward, he tries to find the top corner ball goes wide for goal kick
60’ Ghana 1-0 South Africa
61’ Kudus comes in for Alfred Duncan
63’ South Africa on the attack, ball crossed finds no one goes out for a throw in
66’ Ghana dominating play at the moment
71’ Dede Ayew heads in a cross ball goes out for a goal kick
72’ Stars dominating South Africa from all sides
75’ Chance for South Africa, referee whistles for an infringement in favor of Ghana
76’ Ghana on the counter attack, Jordan in position fails to release the ball on time, ball intercepted and cleared
79’ Kudus scores a brilliant goal for Ghana
It’s Ghana 2-0 South Africa
86’ Offside against Ghana
Substitution Emmanuel Boateng comes out for Samuel Owusu
Andre Ayew tries to locate his Jordan in the box ball goes out for a goal kick
We doing three minutes of additional time
It’s Ghana 2-0 South Africa
Referee whistles and brings the game to an end.
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