Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2019 match:
Ghana did remarkably well to make it to the semis of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, but Cameroon proved to be a big catch for the Black Stars. The Ghanaians want to go all the way at the 2019 tournament, but they will have to be at their sharpest in every single game at the upcoming competition in Egypt if they are to win their first Africa Cup of Nations trophy since 1982.
The Ayew brothers made the Ghana 2019 Africa Cup of Nations squad, but Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is undisputedly the team’s star player. Benin, on the other hand, were having their ups and downs in the qualifiers, but they eventually booked their place at the tournament in Egypt. However, seeing that they are still eyeing their first ever win at the Africa Cup of Nations finals, we are tempted to put our money on the Black Stars.
Highlighted Player (Andre Ayew):
Andre Ayew is Ghanaian footballer who plays for Premier League side West Ham United as a winger. Ayew played for Olympique Marseille from 2007 to 2015 and he scored 44 goals in 160 appearances for the Stade Velodrome outfit. He won two Coupe de la Ligue trophies with Marseille (2011, 2012), but he failed to clinch the Ligue 1 title with OM.
In 2015 Andre Ayew joined Swansea City on a free transfer and it has to be noted that he scored 12 goals in 34 league appearances for the South Wales outfit. At the end of the season the Ghanaian footballer signed a three-year deal with fellow Premier League team West Ham United for a club record fee of £20.5 million.
Andre Ayew won the FIFA under 20 world cup with Ghana and he participated in the Africa Cup of Nations final on two occasions with the Ghanaian national football team (2010, 2015). However, he failed to win the prestigious trophy with the Black Stars. His brother Jordan Ayew plays for Aston Villa as a striker.
Highlighted Team (Benin):
Benin are the African football team that were known as Dahomey national football team until 1975. The Squirrels have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals, but they will compete for the fourth time at the Africa Cup of Nations at the tournament in Egypt 2019.
Oumar Tchomogo’s team were grouped with the likes of Ghana, Guinea-Bissau and Cameroon in the group stages of the competition. Benin’s home kit is predominantly yellow, whilst they wear green shirts, green shorts and red socks when playing on the travels. The African side recorded their biggest win on December 27, 1961, with the team beating Mauritania 7-0 under the name of Dahomey.
Two years earlier, though, they were crushed by Nigeria 10-1, which is considered their biggest ever loss on the international stage. Benin usually host their rivals at Stade de l’Amitie, the venue with the capacity of 20,000. The Squirrels played their first ever international game on November 8, 1959, with the team suffering a 1-0 loss to Nigeria.