2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
Thursday 14 November 2019
Cape Coast Sports Stadium
Kick-off 21:00 CAT
South Africa will face a tough test to open their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
campaign when they face Group C rivals and hosts Ghana at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Thursday 14 November 2019, kick-off at 21:00 CAT.
Group C will have gotten underway by the time the two former AFCON champions meet, with Sudan (also a former African champion) and Sao Tome e Principe opening the pool on Wednesday 13 November with their clash in Omdurman.
This match will be a first competitive fixture for new coach Molefi Ntseki, though his team brings some momentum into the clash following their 2-1 home win over Mali in the Nelson Mandela Challenge match played last month.
Ntseki was part of former coach Stuart Baxter’s technical team and says he is well aware of what Ghana have to offer ahead of this clash in West Africa. Bafana Bafana will have done their homework by the time the game gets underway on Thursday night.
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"In terms of our analysis and profiling of Ghana, we played them in Dubai [before the 2019 AFCON] and there is not much of a change in their playing personnel," Ntseki said.
"The coach [James Kwesi] Appiah if he stays we have seen him and analysed him. Analysing is not only about the players you should also do the coach to seen what he prefers. We are still getting more clips so that when we go to the match with confidence."
In head-to-head stats, Ghana and South Africa have met in 12 previous matches. Bafana Bafana have claimed four wins compared to three for the Black Stars, while five games have been drawn.
The teams met in a friendly ahead of the 2019 AFCON back in June. The match, played in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates as part of the teams’ preparations for the tournament in Egypt, ended in a goalless stalemate. Ghana’s last home match against SA – a World Cup qualifier way back in June 2004 – ended in a 3-0 win for the West Africans heavyweights.
The teams will go on to play a further qualifying match each within days of their meeting in Cape Coast: South Africa will be at home to Sudan on Sunday 17 November, while Ghana will be away to minnows Sao Tome e Principe the following day.
Matches played 12
Ghana wins 3
SA wins 4
2021 AFCON qualifiers – Group C fixtures
Matchdays 1 and 2
Wednesday 13 November
21:00: Sudan v Sao Tome e Principe
Thursday 14 November
21:00: Ghana v South Africa
Sunday 17 November
15:00: South Africa v Sudan
Monday 18 November
18:00: Sao Tome e Principe v Ghana
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