LIVE UPDATE – 2nd Half: AFCON 2017 Qualifier: Ghana 3 – 1 Mozambique
In-form Anderlecht winger Frank Acheampong opened the scorline for the Black Stars in the 4th minute as they lead Mozambique by a goal to nil.
Ghana are currently sitting on top of group H of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, having won their 2 games, beating Mauritius and Rwanda 7-1 and 1-0, respectively.
The 2nd half has begun and the Black Stars still lead by a goal to nil
Leicester City’s Jeffery Schlulpp has replaced Frank Acheampong in a half time change.
First yellow card goes to Afriyie Acquah in the 47th minute.
Mozambique’s Simoa Junior goes into the referee’s book
Captain for the day, John Boye has scored the Stars’ second goal in the 56th minute.
Jordan Ayew has added a third for Black Stars’ in the 58th minute.
Abdul Majeed Waris has been denied a penalty in the 61st minute after being brought down in the penalty area.
Ghana’s starting XI:
Razak Braimah, Harrison Afful, Baba Rahman, Jonathan Mensah, John Boye, Afriyie Acquah, Christian Atsu, Mubarak Wakaso, Abdul Majeed Waris, Jordan Ayew, and Frank Acheampong
Mozambique Starting XI
Saores Soarito, Clesio Bauque, Zainadine Junior, jeremias Tembe, Joao Mussica Jeitso, Reinado Jumisse, Elias Pelembi, Simao Mate, Junior, Helder Pelembe, Edmilson Dove
The return leg will be three days later in Maputo.
History of Matches Between Ghana And Mozambique
Ghana and Mozambique met for the first time in 1996 at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein in African Cup of Nations Group D.
The game was played on 25 January in 1996 with Ghana beating Mozambique 2-0 at the end.
Kwame Ayew and Felix Aboagye scored on the 42nd and 68th minutes to hand Ghana victory.
Ghana paraded a strong squad on that day.
Simon Addo (GK), Frank Amankwah, Isaac Asare (Stephen Baidoo), Afo Dodoo, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Joachim Yaw Acheampong, Felix Aboagye, Kwame Ayew (Daniel Addo), Tony Yeboah and Abedi Pele (Ablade Kumah).
Brazilian gaffer Ismael Kurtz was the trainer for the Black Stars during AFCON 1996.
The second meeting between the two countries came on 14th January, 1998 in an International Friendly at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The match ended a scoreless draw.
Richard Kingson, Mohammed Gargo, Emmanuel Tetteh, Richard John Ackon, Adjetey Adjei, Ebenezer Dadzie, Daniel Edusei, Joe Fameyeh, Kamara Dini, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour, Jacob Nettey, Princeton Owusu Ansah and Yaw Sakyi featured for the Black Stars against the Mambas of Mozambique.
Dutch tactician Rinus Israel guided Ghana to the draw.
Five days later, Ghana and Mozambique engaged in a second friendly at the Accra Sports Stadium.
It was the third time both nations were meeting.
Israel named Simon Addo, Princeton Owusu Ansah, Emmanuel Tetteh, Alex Nyarko, Richard John Ackon, Foster Bastios, Daniel Edusei, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour, Charles Akonnor, Mohammed Gargo and Peter Ofori Quaye for the match against the Mambas on the 19th January, 1998.
Three goals from Charles Akonnor, Mohammed Gargo and Emmanuel Osei Kuffour gave Ghana a 3-1 victory.
Manuel Bacuane “Tico Tico” got the consolation for the Southern Africa country.
The fourth and last time Ghana played Mozambique was on 24th January, 1999 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
It was an African Cup of Nations 2000 qualifier.
A 54th minute strike from Charles Akonnor separated Ghana from Mozambique in the epic encounter.
Italian coach Guiseppe Dossena was trainer of the Black Stars.
Richard Kingson, Christian Atta Gyan, Samuel Johnson, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Alex Nyarko, Augustine Arhinful, Peter Ofori Quaye (Kwame Ayew), Charles Akonnor, Patrick Allotey, Ebenezer Dugbartey and Mark Edusei starred for Ghana.
All in all, Ghana and Mozambique have met four times with Ghana winning three and managing a draw.
Mozambique have never won against Ghana in any match (competitive or friendly).