Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
Ghana will look to make a flying start to their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign when they host Madagascar to Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Wednesday. The Black Stars did well to qualify for the 2022 World Cup finals, meaning that they are high on spirits ahead of the visit of Madagascar. All Hudson Odoi, Nketiah, and Tariq have been omitted, while both Jordan Ayew and Andre Ayew made the cut.
The Barea, on the other hand, failed to impress in the WC qualifiers, with the team collecting only four points in the process from possible 18. Madagascar are not regarded as good travelers, and, taking everything into account, they are unlikely to spoil Ghana’s party in Cape Coast. A man to watch in the away team will be Charleroi midfielder Marco Ilaimaharitra, who is eyeing his 14th cap for the national team.
Highlighted Player (Thomas Partey):
After starting his youth career at Odometah, Thomas Partey was spotted by Atletico Madrid scouts in 2011 and he soon joined the Estadio Vicente Calderon outfit. The defensive midfielder, who born in Odumase Krobo, Ghana on 13 June, 1993, played 33 league games for Atletico Madrid B, while making 14 league appearances for the first team.
After ending his loan spells with Mallorca and Almeria, Thomas Partey returned to Atletico Madrid in 2015 and he made his debut for Diego Simeone’s team in a 1-0 win over Espanyol. The Ghanaian footballer played in the 2015/2016 Champions League final against Real Madrid, coming as a substitute in the 116th minute of the game.
Thomas Partey made his Ghana debut in a 2-0 win over Mauritius in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match. His main position is defensive midfield, but the Atletico Madrid man is capable of playing as a central midfielder as well. Partey scored two goals for los Rojiblancos in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign.
Highlighted Team (Madagascar):
Nicknamed the Barea, Madagascar are the African national team that affiliates to CAF (Confederation of African Football). Madagascar made their debut on the international stage in 1947, with the team suffering a 2-1 loss to Mauritius in front of home fans.
The Barea wear green shirts and green shorts when playing at home, whilst their away colours are red and white. Madagascar have never participate at the FIFA World Cup finals, but in 2019 they qualified for their first ever Africa Cup of Nations.
The Barea were grouped with the likes of Nigeria, Burundi and Guinea, with the team making their debut at the tournament against the National Elephants. Speaking of Madagascar’s titles, the Barea did well to win two Indian Ocean Island Games (1990, 1993), with the team beating the likes of Mauritius and Reunion in the title games respectively. Madagascar are affiliated to both CAF (confederation) and COSAFA (sub-confederation).