Ghana take aim at Ethiopia in Kumasi

Ghana take aim at Ethiopia in Kumasi
Matampi Ley of DR Congo challenge by Jordan Ayew of Ghana during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon Quarter Final football match between DR Congo and Ghana at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 29 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 09, 2017. 15:30

Ghana will welcome Ethiopia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 17h30 CAT.

The Black Stars have won the AFCON title four times (in 1963, 1965, 1978 as well as 1982). They finished fourth at the 2017 finals.

Ghana faced Benin in an international friendly last month. The two West African sides played to a 1-1 stalemate at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium.

Andre Ayew is one of the Black Stars' star players. The midfielder, who is also the vice-captain, will be keen to help his nation beat Ethiopia in a Group F game.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia have won the AFCON title once (in 1962). They failed to qualify for the last two tournaments and they could not reach the knockout stages in 2013.

Walia Ibex defeated Seychelles in their last match last September. Ethiopia emerged 2-1 winners in the 2017 AFCON qualifier at the Hawassa Stadium.

Getaneh Kebede, who scored for Ethiopia against Seychelles, will look to hit the back of the net again and help the Walia Ibex stun Ghana in a Group F game.

Sierra Leone and Kenya are also part of Group F, and the two sides are scheduled to lock horns at the National Stadium in Freetown on Saturday.

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