Mozambique vs. Ghana: Mambas ready to shock Black Stars

An injury-hit Ghana side will attempt to make it four wins in a row when they play away to Mozambique in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Sunday.

The Black Stars easily dispatched the Mambas 3-1 in the first leg tie at the Accra Sports Stadium on Thursday, with goals from in-form Anderlecht winger Frank Acheampong, John Boye and Jordan Ayew.

The four-time African champions have, however, been dealt an injury blow with the withdrawals of Asamoah Gyan and Mubarak Wakaso from the team that travelled to Maputo.

While Gyan picked up an injury a day to the first leg fixture, Wakaso has been forced to pull out following a substitution in Thursday’s encounter after aggravating an injury.

“I don’t think that it’s going to affect the team,” coach Avram Grant said of Gyan’s absence.

“Gyan could not play the first game but we won. I still have quality strikers and I will make use of them.”

Ghana could be forced to do without three more players as Acheampong and Boye, who were both replaced in the second-half on Thursday amid various injury concerns, are yet to be passed fit for Sunday’s game.

Christian Atsu suffered a knock on Thursday as well, and could miss out on Sunday, in addition to earlier injuries to Andre Ayew and David Accam who were both ruled out of the double-header.

Grant also failed to include fit-again Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah in his 23-man squad for the ties.

On the other hand, Mozambique are without a win in the group, but would fancy their chances on Sunday against the depleted Ghana side.

The Mambas last home game was a 1-0 defeat of Gabon in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

Ghana struggled in their last outing on the road, playing out a goalless stalemate with a lowly Comoros side and that could provide some form of positive for Abel Xavier’s men.

The Mambas also scored in Accra through Apson Manjate and with the performance of captain Elias Pelembe and Helder Pelembe on the day, the 100th Fifa-ranked side could spring an upset.

Sunday’s match kicks off at 15:00 GMT.

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