Our good friends at Opta have complied all the numbers and stats you need to assess the teams’ chances ahead of today’s Afcon Group D clash at Stade de Port-Gentil.
- This is Egypt’s 23rd AFCON, a record in the history of the tournament. They have also won it on more occasions than any other side (7), including in each of their last three participations (2006, 2008, 2010).
- This is Egypt’s first AFCON participation since 2010, having failed to qualify for any of the last three tournaments, their longest drought in the history of the tournament.
- Only Egypt (7) have won the AFCON more times than Ghana (4). However, their last title dates back to 1982; they have lost their last three finals (1992, 2010, 2015).
- Ghana are the only team to have reached the semi-finals in each of the last five AFCON tournaments.
- The record between Egypt and Ghana in the AFCON is perfectly balanced; with one win each and one draw (two goals each). Their last meeting in the competition dates back to the 2010 final (1-0 to Egypt).
- Egypt have gone 21 AFCON games without defeat (W16 D5), last losing in the 2004 tournament (v Algeria) and have only conceded one goal across their last seven matches in the African Cup of Nations.
- Ghana have only lost once in their last 12 AFCON group stage matches (W9, D2) and have got on the scoresheet at least once in their last 18 group stage games.
- Ghana have already booked their place in the next round whilst a point would guarantee a spot in the quarter-finals for Egypt.
- Asamoah Gyan’s goal in Ghana’s second group game in the 2017 AFCON (Mali) meant he is now Ghana’s all-time leading goal scorer in the competition (8) whilst Abdallah Said comes into this match having scored Egypt’s winner in their 1-0 victory over Uganda; he scored against Egypt when these sides last met (November 2016).