Ghana vs Egypt preview

Game : Ghana vs Egypt

Competition :- Final, African Cup of Nations 2010

Venue :- Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda

Date :- Sunday, Jan 31, 2010

KO time :- 17.00 Angolan time

Six time champions Egypt will look to make it three African titles in a row when they take on Milovan Rajevac’s Ghana in the finals of the 2010 African Cup of Nations on Sunday.

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Ghana started off poorly as they were beaten by Ivory Coast but a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso was enough to see them qualify for the quarterfinals. They beat hosts Angola by the same margin in the last eight and again produced a repeat of the same against Nigeria’s Super Eagles in the semifinals.

Critics have accused this Ghana team of being too negative- they have only scored four goals in this tournament. However their defence has kept a clean sheet in their last three games, thanks to some heroics from Richard Kingston between the sticks.

Ghana’s defence will be sorely tested when they meet Egypt, who have scored fourteen goals in five games en route to the final. The Pharaohs have managed to do this despite missing the likes of Aboutreika, Mido and Zaki and the way they routed Algeria in the semifinals would certainly have given Rajevac something to think about ahead of the final.

Ghana form- last five games- most recent first- Ghana scorers listed alongside.

v Nigeria ( win 1-0) Gyan Asamoah
v Angola ( win 1-0) Gyan Asamoah
v Burkina Faso ( Win 1-0) Andre Ayew
v. Ivory Coast (Loss 1-3) Asamoah
v. Malawi (Draw 0-0)

As you can see, Ghana’s scorers look predictable. There are the front duo of Amoah and Asamoah with the likes of Ayew supporting them. Compare this to Egypt and you’ll see why most pundits favour the Pharaohs going into this game.

Egypt 4-0 Algeria ( Geddo, Zidan, Hosni Abd Rabo, Abdel-Shafy)
Egypt 3-1 Cameroon ( Ahmed Hassan*2, Geddo)
Egypt 2-0 Benin ( Al Mohammadi, Moteab)
Egypt 2-0 Mozambique (Dario Khan OG, Geddo)
Egypt 3-1 Nigeria (Moetab, Hassan, Geddo)

Mohamed Nagy Geddo has really impressed since making his debut for Egypt in January this year against Mali. Despite not starting, he always seems to be able to get a goal to his name.

Verdict:- Egypt gave it their all against Algeria in the semifinals because they wanted revenge for the World Cup elimination. That could work to Ghana’s advantage. The Black Stars’ strategy will be simple and one should not expect to see many changes to that adopted against Angola and Nigeria.

Egypt 3-1 Ghana ( Geddo, Moteab, Zidan/ Ayew)

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