The visitors will be hoping to continue their perfect start to qualifying against Kinnah Phiri's men, who lost the first leg at the Accra Sports Stadium
Sangala, Chavula, Mzava, Nyirenda
Kamwendo, Ng’ambi, Banda, Wadabwa
Paintsil, Boye, Vorsah, Afful
Atsu, Annan, Asante, Ayew,
The Flames began to extinguish after conceding two unanswered goals in Accra last month, giving the Black Stars an advantage to secure a seat in South Africa.
Home advantage favours coach Kinnah Phiri’s charges, but paying that 2-0 deficit appears to be a tall order against Kwesi Appiah’s experienced side. The west Africans have injury worries though, as playmaker Kwadwo Asamoah is reported to have suffered an ankle injury making him a doubt against the southern Africans.
On paper, the odds favour the four-time African champions, but if they allow complacency to settle into their game then they might return home laughing at the wrong side of their mouths.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Since 2000, Ghana have qualified to all the Nations Cup editions except 2004.
- Ghana’s first appearance in the continent’s flagship tournament in 1963 resulted in winning the ultimate prize.
- The Black Stars last hosted the Nations Cup in 2008 and finished third in a competition they were heavily touted as favourites.
- Malawi have qualified to the Nations Cup twice – 1984 and 2010 - and got eliminated in the first round
- The Flames have been promised huge package if they beat the Black Stars at Lilongwe to qualify for the third time.
- Before 1966 the Flames were known as the Nyasaland national football team and their best performance was winning the bronze medal at the 1987 All-Africa Games.