2017 AFCON qualifiers Mozambique host Ghana for the first time

Mozambique will host Ghana for the first time in their clashes, as they face each other on Sunday in Maputo

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The Black Stars will take on the Mambas in the return leg of their 2017 group H Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying game in Mozambique.

Ghana are sitting on top of the group H log with 9 points, having won all their three games, with Mauritius being their closest competitors in the group with 6 points.

Per Mozambique second half performance in the 3-1 defeat on Thursday, Ghana should not underestimate Mambas; else they would give them a shock of their lives.

Group winners will secure automatic place in the 2017 AFCON to be staged in Gabon, leaving the runners-up to battle for two slots

Abel Xavier, the Mozambican born Portuguese have been struggling to turn things around for Mozambique as they remain the only country without a point in the group.

Mozambique were stunned by Rwanda in their last 2017 AFCON qualifying game at home. They have lost their last two home AFCON qualifying home games to Zambia and the latest against Rwanda. The last home win in an AFCON qualifying game came against Cape Verde in 2014.

The Mambas have won only 1 of their last 6 games. (L5, D 0)

Ghana last lost an away Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game in November 2014 against Uganda in Kampala.

Ghana will be taking on Mozambique for the 7 time. In the previous 6 ties the Black Stars remain unbeaten.

Avram Grant’s men will enter the second league against Mozambique today without the services of Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan who pulled out of training prior to the first leg in Accra on Thursday and Mubarak whose assist gave Frank Acheampong the opener against Mozambique.

Head to head

Ghana are yet to lose in their 6 ties against Mozambique. (W5, D1)

The first ever encounter between these nations took place in 1996 when Black Stars defeated the Mambas of Mozambique 2-0 in the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations staged in South Africa in a group D clash.

The last time Ghana came face to face against Namibia was a friendly game in 2004 and Black Stars skipper, Asamoah Gyan was the scorer of the lone goal.

This is the first time Mozambique will be hosting Ghana. In 1999, the former should have played against the latter in the return leg in Maputo, however, Ghana and Nigeria were later named as co-hosts to replace the original host of AFCON 2000, hence the couldn’t come on, because Ghana secured an automatic qualification.

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