Awcon 2018 Match Preview: Ghana-Cameroon: Black Queens set for do-or-die affair in Accra

The Black Queens lost ground on December's order announced on Friday following their underwhelming showing at the continental gathering

It will be destiny day for Ghana when they take on Cameroon in their last group game of the ongoing Africa Women Cup of Nations on Friday.

With a win and a defeat to their name so far, the hosts may well take an early bow from the championship should they fail to register a good result against the Indomitable Lionesses in Accra.

Cameroon, meanwhile, are determined to maintain their flawless run thus far, having won their opening two games.

Game Ghana v Cameroon
Date Friday, November 23
Time 1600 GMT

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In Ghana, the game will be televised live on GBC, SuperSport and  Kwes Free Sports.

TV channel Online stream
SuperSport 9 East N/A
Kenya (local TV channel) Online stream
YES N/A

Squads & Team News

Position Ghana players
Goalkeepers Fafali Dumahisi, Patricia Mantey, Nana Ama Asantewaa
Defenders Gladys Amfobea, Linda Eshun, Janet Egyir, Ellen Coleman, Cynthia Adobea, Faustina Ampah, Philicity Asuako
Midfielders Asantewaa, Sumaila,  Acheampong, Addo,  Kusi, Essiful, Okyere, Boakye, Niber-Lawrence
Forwards Samira Suleman, Jane Ayieyam

Ghana captain Elizabeth Addo is expected to return to the matchday XI after starting Tuesday’s fixture against Mali from the bench.

Striker Jane Ayieyam, 21, has been tipped to keep her starting place ahead of Iceland-based Samira Suleman, who had the nod for the tournament opener against Algeria.

In goal, Patricia Mantey is likely to start, despite being blamed for both goals her side conceded against Mali

Probable Ghana XI: Mantey, Amfobea, Eshun, Ampah, Egyir, Acheampong, Okyere, Sumaila, Boakye, Addo, Ayieyam

Position Cameroon players
Goalkeepers Annette Ngo Ndom, Diane Ndeme, Marthe Ongmahan
Defenders Christine Manie, Yvonne Leuko, Augustine Ejangue, Aurelle Awona, Claudine Meffometou
Midfielders Francine Zouga, Raissa Feudjio, Jeannette Yango, Charlene Menene, Ninon Abena, Marlyse Ngo Ndoumbouk, Genevieve Ngo
Forwards Ajara Nchout, Gabrielle Onguene, Madeleine Ngono Mani, Michaela Abam, Gaelle Enganamouit, Henriette Akaba

Not much is expected to change in Cameroon’s set-up following their emphatic 3-0 victory over Algeria on Tuesday.

Attackers Gabrielle Onguene, Gaelle Enganamouit and Raissa Feudjio came into the tournament with big expectations. So far, they have absolutely lived up to the billing.

On Friday, the trio’s performance will go a long way to determine the outcome of what is expected to be their toughest match on paper.

Probable Cameroon XI: Ndom, Manie, Ajara, Ejangue, Onguene, Raissa, Awona, Meffometou, Enganamouit, B Ngo, Ndoumbouk

Match Preview

Ghana and Cameroon are not in any way new to each other, their last Awcon meeting dates back to just two years ago when the Indomitable Lionesses pipped the Black Queens 1-0 in the semi-finals on home soil.

Bashir Hayford’s ladies are determine to turn the tables around this time, particularly with the home crowd now on their side, but their performance so far has been a major concern.

Following a 1-0 triumph over Algeria in their opener, a show characterised by a flurry of missed chances, the Black Queens were handed a shock 2-1 defeat on Tuesday by Mali.

“Let’s try to avoid the blame game and look forward to the tasks ahead. It’s not over until it’s over. We [may] only have one match but we can make an explosion,” winger Sherifatu Sumaila, who was adjudged Woman of the Match in the tournament opener, wrote on social media.

Cameroon, meanwhile, will not just be hoping to make it three wins in a row, but the possibility of finishing atop Group A to avoid a possoble semi-final meeting with Nigeria, who are likely to qualify from Group B as winners, could be another motivation.

But a third straight victory, as it appears, will not come cheap, as they are set to come up against a Ghanaian side that will be firing on all cylinders.

The top three teams from the Awcon will qualify for the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup in France.