Ghana vs Kenya: Group F top spot on the line in Accra
Ghana's Black Stars welcome Kenya's Harambee Stars to Ohene Djan Stadium this Saturday as the two sides battle to finish top of Group F in AFCON 2019 qualifying.
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Match preview 🖊
Ghana will be encouraged by a fine recent home record that has seen them win six of their last eight AFCON qualifiers on Ghanaian soil. Furthermore, they're unbeaten in their last eight qualifiers under Kwesi Appiah. A win here will secure top spot in Group F for the Black Stars, who have already booked their ticket to AFCON 2019 in Egypt. However, they'll have to defeat a determined Harambee Stars side that is unbeaten in their last five matches.
Kenya sits a point clear at the top and has also qualified, but now it's about bragging rights and that all-important top spot. Sebastien Migne's team earned a 3-0 victory over Ethiopia in their previous fixture but they must somehow correct their poor recent away record which has seen them fail to win any of their last eight on the road.
Ghana will be desperate to end a 37-year trophy drought and that quest starts in earnest right here as they aim to build momentum ahead of the showpiece tournament in Egypt. With four clean sheets in their last six AFCON qualifiers, four-time African champions Ghana will arrive here with confidence.
Team news 📰
Reading defender Andy Yiadom has withdrawn from Ghana's squad against Kenya. The right-back will be replaced by Royal Antwerp man Daniel Opare. Black Stars stalwart Andre Ayew has scored three goals in his last four qualifiers and will lead the line. Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey will also be a key figure for the hosts.
Kenya skipper Victor Wanyama is included in the squad the Tottenham Hotspur man is expected to start in the centre of the park. Japan-based striker Michael Olunga has been ruled out.