With the 2021 AFCON qualifiers having started all over the African continent we shift focus to group C today where group favourites Ghana and South Africa will be locking horns.
Ghana has some of the best players on the continent who play at the highest possible level in football so FARPost.co.za takes a look at some of the key players that Bafana Bafana will need to be wary of going into the encounter at the South Coast
Former Swansea city striker Jordan Ayew has inherited the number 9 role from legendary forward Asamoah Gyan. Ayew of English Premiership side Crystal Palace striker has risen to the occasion since stepping up to the fold in the 2017 AFCON and even the recent 2019 AFCON where he helped the Black Stars reach the knockout round scoring crucial goals in the group stages. Ayew was also crucial leading to the AFCON scoring a brace against Ethiopia, which ensured Ghana’s passage to this year’s tournament and with the way he has started the 2019/20 season in the EPL with Palace he comes with good form and confidence into this game.
Valued at 45 million Euros, Partey is certainly one of the best central midfielders bossing LA Liga and the UEFA Champions League season after season in the books of Atletico Madrid. Partey possesses strong tackling and aerial ability but it is his ability to spot a pass and long range shooting that should worry Dean Furman and co in midfield.
Olympique Marseille product and 2009 U20 World Cup-winning captain Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew is one of the most powerful figures in Ghanaian football at the moment, with the attacking midfielder having been to two World Cups with the Black Stars. Ayew has continuously stated that he wants to win the AFCON before hanging up his boots and at 29, he knows it is now or never. Ayew has started his season well with Swansea City and with his gifted left foot and great aerial ability he is surely one player Bafana must watch out for tonight.
Atsu is a menace down that right wing at both club and the national team and after starting his season well with English Premier league side Newcastle United and helping them win back-to-back matches for the first time this season before the international break, Atsu is oozing with confidence.
Sassuolo midfielder Alfred Duncan prefers playing more of a forward role for his country and coach Kwesi Appiah has stated that he will deploy him in his preferred role 10 in the national team. Duncan is all about strength, power, ability to shoot and cross the ball so he will be the man looking to supply the strikers.
Kick off at the South Coast stadium will be at 21:00(SA time).
By Prince Sobayeni