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Africa Cup of Nations

  • 8 February 2012
  • • 21:30
  • • Estadio de Bata, Bata
  • Referee: M. Benouza
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2012 Africa Cup of Nations Preview: Zambia - Ghana

2012 Africa Cup of Nations Preview: Zambia - Ghana

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The Blacks Stars’ dream of annexing their fifth continental trophy depends largely on Wednesday’s match against a piercing Copper Bullets side


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ZAMBIA
 
Mweene
N Mulenga, Himonde, Kasonde, Musonda
Sinkala, F Katongo
C Katongo, Mbesuma, Chansa
Mayuka
GHANA

Kwarasey
Inkoom, Mensah, Vorsah, Boye
Asamoah, Badu, Annan
, Ayew
Asamoah
Gyan

It has been a long and arduous battle for both countries to come this far in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, which has been rocked by a number of upsets.

Ghana have by far lived up to their pre-tournament favourites tag despite a few lapses in some of their games. The Black Stars outpaced the Zebras of Botswana in a 1-0 opening group game followed by the Eagles of Mali in a 2-0 fixture before drawing 1-1 against the Syli Natonale of Guinea to top Group D.

The four-time African champions’ quarter-final duel with the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia was a breathtaking one. It was a nervy 120-minute game that ended 2-1 in favour of an extremely exhausted Ghana side. The Ghanaians are within range to annex the trophy for a fifth time.

However, a very disciplined Zambia side led by a determined military officer, Christopher Katongo, stand in the way of the Black Stars clinching the ultimate prize. The Chipolopolo are at a stage that few would have tipped them to reach prior to the 28th edition of the continental showpiece. They have fought in every game as if it were a final and beating co-hosts Equatorial Guinea and pre-tournaments favourites Senegal in the group stage reveals a great deal about coach Herve Renard’s side.

There are no injury or suspension concerns on both fronts and each team is expected to field their best 11 in a battle that will take a brave man to predict.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Zambia coach Herve Renard was an assistant coach of Ghana during the 2008 Nations Cup when the Black Stars finished third.

  • The captain of the Chipolopolo Christopher Katongo is a military officer and has had his rank elevated following his sterling performance in the competition.

  • The moniker of the southern Africans, the Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets), was arrived at because the country is endowed in rich copper.
  • Ghana have only conceded two goals in the tournament out of four games so far.
  • Ghana will be playing their third successive semi-final in a row over the last three tournaments since 2008.
  • Coach Goran Stevanovic becomes the second Serbian coach in a row to have taken the west Africans to this stage of the tournament after Milovan Rajevac’s feat in 2010.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Zambia

Ghana

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Zambia ZAM
Zambia Zambia
Draw
Ghana GHA
Ghana Ghana
35%
61%

Top 3 Predictions

Zambia ZAM
0 - 2
Ghana GHA
Zambia ZAM
2 - 1
Ghana GHA
Zambia ZAM
1 - 2
Ghana GHA

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