Ghana vs Cape Verde preview

On Saturday the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations kick-off with Ghana facing up to surprise package Cape Verde. The Black Stars face no injury concerns other than Mubarak Wakaso who was in fact suspended also for the final group game. Coach Kwesi Appiah will have a selection headache, after returning Kwadwo Asamoah to the central midfield role he is more accustomed to in the national team and with the impressive Albert Adomah, who stayed with Bristol City this window, and latest prodigy Christian Atsu on the left there may be a shock in the line-up. Whilst Rabiu Mohamed will also feel threatened as Anthony Annan has seemingly overcome the thigh injury he joined the tournament with. Despite calls from some quarters to drop captain Asamoah Gyan for Esperance’s Emmanuel Clottey, his display against Niger made an unlikely choice even less likely! As to the Islanders, manager Luis Antunes might have needed to extend his leave from his air traffic controller job! However if the debutants are to have any chance then they will need big performances from captain Nando Nueves of and Lille’s forward Ryan Mendes. Cape Verde also have no injury concerns and Antunes may replenish Heldon to the starting line up after his place was taken by Dijon’s Julio Tavares in the second group game, but he managed to score the winner against Angola to send them to the next round. All this has been done without experienced defender Ricardo, who opted to stay with club side Pacos Ferreira who sit fourth in the Portuguese league with only two losses all season. Whilst other star names such as Manchester United’s Nani were either born in the islands of have parents who are, thus making them eligible for the national side but chose to play for former colonial powers Portugal. By Matthew

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