Ghana to miss six (6) regular faces for Madagascar AFCON qualifier

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Ghana’s senior national team, the Black Stars will miss six (6) regular faces for their 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) against Madagascar in Antananarivo next month.

The Black Stars are scheduled to play Madagascar in Gameweek five of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers at the Mahamasina Municipal Stadium on Sunday, June 18, 2023.

Ghana will head into the game which could secure them a place at 2023 AFCON to be played in Cote D’Ivoire earlier next year without a number of regular faces due to injuries.

They include Daniel-Kofi Kyereh of Freiburg, Reading’s Baba Rahman and Elisha Owusu of AJ Auxerre who have all been injured since the beginning of the year.

Others include Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu, Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey and Antoine Semenyo of AFC Bournemouth.

The absence of the sextuple will be a huge blow to the Black Stars who are hoping to qualify to the AFCON for the 10 consecutive time and the 24th time in their history.

However, Coach Chris Hughton is expected to parade a strong team for the AFCON qualifier. The likes of Thomas Partey, Andre Ayew, Majeed Ashimeru, Alexander Djiku, Alidu Seidu, Mohammed Kudus and so on are expected to make the squad.

Ghana need a win against Madagascar to secure a place at the AFCON. The Black Stars after four games in the qualifiers sit top of Group E with 8 points, followed by Central Africa Republic with 7 points, Angola with 5 points and Madagascar with a point.

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