Black Stars determined to defeat Mambas in AFCON qualifiers

Black Stars determined to defeat Mambas in AFCON qualifiers

- Ghana will be gunning for a third consecutive win in the qualifiers against Mozambique at the Accra Sports Stadium

- The Black Stars are depleted with the absence of key players, Andre Ayew, David Accam and Asamoah Gyan

- Ghana defeated Mozambique 20 years ago

Black Stars determined to defeat Mambas in AFCON qualifiers

A training session of the Black Stars

The Black Stars will host their Mozambican counterparts at the Accra Sports Stadium today in a 2017 AFCON qualifier.

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The team will be gunning for a third consecutive win in the qualifiers against the Black Mambas of Mozambique.

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Ghana goes into the game a depleted side with the injury of the captain, Asamoah Gyan, and deputy captain, Andre Dede Ayew. In-form MLS striker David Accam has also been ruled out and replaced by Evans Mensah of Ghana League side, Inter Allies.

Mozambique, who are yet to win a game after 1-0 loses to Rwanda and Mauritius in the qualifiers, are eager to turn the trend against Ghana. Abel Xavier, their coach, made it clear as told the newsmen: "We know Ghana have a talented world class team and we respect them for that. But we plan to play a compact game and win on Thursday."

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However, the Black Mambas will need to work hard as a determined Black Stars who are yet to lose in their five ties against Mozambique (W4, D1) look set to massacre them.

In their three previous visits to Ghana, Mozambique have lost 2 and drawn 1.

Ghana has won her last two games against Mauritius and Rwanda and leads Group H with the maximum 6 points.

The Black Stars white-washed Mauritius 7-1 in Accra last June and followed it up with a solitary 1-0 away win in Kigali over Rwanda.

Two decades ago, Ghana defeated Mozambique at the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa where goals from Abedi Pele and Felix Aboagye made sure the Black Stars won 2-0 in a Group D match.

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