KCCA Intensify CAF Preps

Ghana will look to overcome host nation Equatorial Guinea in the second semifinal of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, stuff set for Nuevo Estadio de Malabo on Thursday evening.

The Black Stars have recovered from a poor start to the tournament (a 2-1 loss to Senegal in their opening Group C match) to string together three successive wins over Algeria, South Africa and Guinea – each more convincing than the last – which has powered them into the semifinals.

Avram Grant’s side certainly have momentum on their side and a growing confidence that they can end a 33-year wait for their fifth Afcon title. “Every game we are better than the game before,” said the Israeli coach after their 3-0 win over Guinea in the quarterfinals.

But standing in Ghana’s way is host side Equatorial Guinea, who pulled off a giant-killing act in the quarterfinals when two goals from Javier Balboa took them to a 2-1 win over Tunisia – arguably the greatest upset in Nations Cup history, even if it was ‘assisted’ by some dubious refereeing.

Nzalang Nacional (National Thunder) have never appeared in the last four of the Afcon before and a wave of euphoria is sweeping football fans in the country. The home side is sure to have a capacity crowd right behind them on Thursday evening.

“Thanks to the players, the people of [Equatorial] Guinea, the people at the federation, their president and of course the president of the Republic,” said coach Esteban Becker upon reaching the semifinals.

Ghana do have one major worry ahead of the semifinal, with leading striker Asamoah Gyan an injury doubt after suffering a heavy challenge from Guinea’s Moussa Naby Yattara in the quarterfinal.

This will be the first official international match between Equatorial Guinea and Ghana.


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KCCA vs Water FC – Namboole @ 4.30 pm

As part of the preparations for the first leg of the CAF Champions League tie against Cosmos De Bafia, pill KCCA face Big League side Water FC in a friendly on Thursday evening at Namboole stadium.

The fixture is the first of three warm up games the champions have lined up before the must win clash against the Cameroonian side on Saturday February 14 at the same venue.

“We want to acclimatize to the stadium and this game is very important to our preparations, approved ” Mubiru told the club website.

KCCA are without striker Francis Olaki (injured) and midfielder Michael Birungi who is ruled out the tie against Cosmos De Bafia after thugs attacked him.

Good news though is that he has been released from hospital but won’t be available in time for the February 14 fixture.

Besides the two, rx the rest of the players are available for selection.

KCCA is yet to pick a win in their previous two friendlies after Mapinduzi Cup. The Kasasiro Boys lost 2-1 to Sudan’s El Merriekh in Khartoum before another 2-0 loss to Sudan U-23 at Lugogo.

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