The Black Stars will have to attempt to get as many goals as possible against the Brave Warriors, considering the possibility that the group qualification could be decided by goal difference.
Although Ghana won their opening game, there were a lot of factors that came into play in that encounter: the tension of having to start the tournament first, the dire state of the pitch, the inability of some players to raise their game due to stage fright.
Hopefully these issues have been settled now, and Claude LeRoy’s boys should be ready to show Africa that they really they have the mettle and character to win the Nations Cup for a record-equaling fifth time.
The Ghanaians know they have to win this game to be assured of a place in the quarterfinals, but the Namibians could be a potential threat for the host country’s aspirations.
Any slip-up will leave the Ghanaians at the mercy of the Moroccans in their final group game: that is a position that the team will want to avoid.
The Brave Warriors of Namibia, on the other hand, received a serious tongue-lashing from their Dutch-born coach Aries Schan after the dismal performance in their own opening fixture.
The coach described his player as “schoolboys” after they were humiliated 5-1 by the Atlas Lions of Morocco.
The Namibians have shown recently that they’re capable of far better than this, and the team has vowed to show that impressive side of their game in the next outing.