FIFA World Cup Qualifier Black Stars take on highly motivated Uganda

The Senior Male National Football Team of Ghana will come face to face against their Ugandan counterparts at the Tamale Sports Stadium on Friday.

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All roads will lead to the Tamale Sports Stadium on Friday when the Black Stars of Ghana engage the Cranes of Uganda in their opening 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier.

Match facts and team news

Ghana

Avram Grant has lost just a competitive game in charge as the Black Stars. It came in his first game against Senegal in Equatorial Guinea, but his charges were held to a goalless draw in their last home competitive fixture against Rwanda.

The Black Stars coach will have a huge headache in terms of player selection especially in the central midfield department, because he has a lot of talent to choose from: Mubarak Wakaso, Agyemang Badu, Afriyie Acquah, Thomas Partey and Daniel Amartey.

Asamoah Gyan, the skipper of the side, who has been missing out in recent Black Stars fixtures due to injury worries, is likely be handed a starting role.

The Black Stars have played in the last three FIFA World Cups and are bent on making it number four on the trot.

The last time Ghana lost a competitive home fixture was 2008 against Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Uganda

The President of Uganda in order to motivate the team ahead of the game has set aside $300,000 as a package should they excel against Ghana in this tie.

Uganda ended their tournament hoodoo when they booked a place in the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be staged in Gabon. They last qualified for the competition in 1978 in Ghana, so the confidence level of the team is very high.

The Cranes before the Ghana game took on one of Ghana’s closest neighbour on Monday in a warm-up game to assess themselves ahead of the match, but they fell by a goal to nil in Lome.

The Cranes have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup.

Head to head

Ghana have faced Uganda ten times in all competitions, the Black Stars have won four, lost three and drawn three against the Cranes.

In competitive fixtures, they have played seven times: Ghana have won two, lost two and drawn three.

The last times Ghana hosted Uganda at home was 2014, and the Cranes held the Black Stars to a goalless draw in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

And the Cranes won the return fixture 1-0 in Kampala.

It would be recalled that Ghana made it a hat-trick of Africa Cup of Nations champions by beating Uganda in the final on home soil in 1978.

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