Ghana, Burkina Faso set for another thrilling clash?

Ghana, Burkina Faso set for another thrilling clash?
Daniel Amartey of Ghana challenges Bertrand Traore of Burkina Faso during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals 3&4 match playoff between Burkina Faso and Ghana at the Port Gentil in Gabon on 04 February 2017 ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Aug 19, 2017. 22:01

Ghana and Burkina Faso will renew hostilities when they meet in the second leg of their 2018 African Nations Championship qualifying tie. The West Zone B clash is set for the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday, August 20.

The first leg in Ouagadougou last weekend ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw, with the Stallions twice fighting back from being a goal down to secure a result which gives them a fighting chance of overcoming the Black Stars.

However, the second-leg hosts know that with two away goals in the bag they have the clear advantage - a clean sheet will be enough to secure qualification for the CHAN finals.

And Ghana ‘B’ goalkeeper coach Isaah Najahu believes his side will improve on last weekend’s showing and finish the job in Kumasi.

“We didn’t get what we really deserved per how we played in Ouagadougou,” he told the Ghana Crusader.

“We could have scored more than just two goals but that is the nature of football. You sometimes don’t get what you deserve in the game.

“The return leg comes over this weekend in Ghana and we are going to put some finishing touches to the loose ends we spotted and go for the kill. Hopefully we will find our scoring boot on the match day.”

Ivorian referee Bienvenu Sinko will take charge of the match in Kumasi. The aggregate winners will qualify for the 2018 CHAN finals in Kenya.

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