2023 AFCONQ: Ghana vs Angola Preview
Angola won their opening match 2-1 over the Central African Republic before traveling to Madagascar and drawing 1-1.
Being a legendary force in African football, the Black Stars’ 40-year AFCON losing streak is a stain on their reputation. Their 2021 AFCON campaign was their lowest point, with the team going winless and falling to the underdog Comoros to add insult to injury.
World Cup 2022 qualification versus formidable rivals Nigeria gave Ghanaians cause to believe once more, but the Black Stars’ terrible performance at the tournament and demoralizing loss to the despised Uruguayans brought them crashing back to earth.
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Angola, on the other hand, has fallen short of the heights of the mid- to late 2000s when, despite all odds, they managed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup and then advance to consecutive AFCON quarterfinals, the finest results of the national team.
The Black Antelopes will be eager to make a comeback to Africa’s largest stage after missing the last edition.
The Black Stars must stop M’Bala Nzola, an Angolan striker.
He probably went unnoticed because he represents Spezia, but scoring 12 goals for a team that is currently in the bottom spot is no laughing matter, and the Black Stars’ defense line needs to be at its best to stop him.