Our football match prediction:
Ghana will be looking to put an end to their five-game winless run in all competitions when they square off against Uganda in the opening match of their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaign. The likes of Asamoah, Mubarak Wakaso, Andre Ayew and Thomas Partey are the notable players who made the squad, but the Black Stars need to improve their game if they are to play an important role at the tournament in Gabon. It has to be noted that the Ghanaians won their last Africa Cup of Nations title back in 1982. Uganda, on the other hand, qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time since 1978. Back then the Cranes won the silver medal at the tournament in Ghana, but we do not believe that they are repeating the success. Uganda face an uphill task in Tuesday’s football match against Avram Grant’s charges and we predict that the Black Stars will kick off their CAN campaign with a win.
Highlighted Player (Mubarak Wakaso):
Former Villarreal man Mubarak Wakaso played for several Spanish sides in the past. After ending his spell with Elche in 2011 he joined Villarreal B and he made 17 appearances for the first team in the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign. At the end of the season he moved to fellow Spanish outfit Espanyol, penning a four-year contract. The Ghanaian midfielder played for Las Palmas in the 2015/2016 season and it has to be noted that he was part of Rubin Kazan, Celtic and Ashanti Gold in the past as well. On 10 July, 2016 Mubarak Wakaso signed a three-year deal with Panathinaikos for an undisclosed fee. Wakaso represented Ghana at the U17 World Cup in Peru and he played two games for the Black Stars in the group stages of the showpiece tournament. He made his debut for the first team on 13 October, 2012 in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game against Malawi. You should bear in mind that his younger brother Alhassan plays football as well.
Highlighted Team (Uganda):
Uganda are an African football team that have yet to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals. The Cranes struggle in the World Cup qualifiers, but they did well to make it to the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 1978. Uganda outplayed Nigeria in the semi-finals of the tournament in Ghana, but the hosts proved to be a big catch for Peter Okee’s troops in the title game. You should bear in mind that the Uganda national football team made their first appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations back in 1962. The Cranes wear yellow shirts and black shorts when playing at home, while the colour of their away kit is white and black. Uganda play their home games at Mandela National Stadium, the venue that was opened in 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 45,202. The likes of Almansi Kadogo, David Obua, Ibrahim Sekagya, Joel Kitamirike and Joseph Kizito are the most notable footballers who played for Uganda.