Soccer Betting News - SA's Leading Soccer Betting Newspaper: South Africa vs Ghana Preview

Ghana is without Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey but are still a force to be reckoned with. The Crystal Palace duo of Jordan Ayew and Schlupp would look to pull the strings against a defence that are likely to be without Thibang Phete, who tested positive for Covid-19 last week, along with Sundowns’ attacking midfielder Thabiso Kutumela.

However, due to procedures and protocols that would’ve meant any player visiting South Africa and returning to Britain must quarantine for a period that would see them missing crucial games for their English Premier League and Championship clubs, these quality footballers will not line up against Bafana Bafana.

Skilled forward Andre Ayew, with 94 international caps to his name, will spearhead the Black Stars’ attack, while Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Mohammed Kudus, who scored against South Africa in the two most recent meetings, will be yet another absentee along with Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey.

Defenders Andrew Yiadom and Baba Abdul Rahman have also not travelled with the squad meaning five of the previous game’s starting XI will be absent in Johannesburg. Coach Charles Akonnor will be weary of starting with Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori, whose not begun the season in the best of form, making silly errors leading to goals for the DStv Premiership outfit.

Full squads:

South Africa

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu) & Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs).

Defenders: Sydney Mobbie, Rushine De Reuck & Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siyanda Xulu (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Thibang Phete (Belenenses FC), Thabani Austin Dube & Sibusiso Mabiliso (Kaizer Chiefs).

Midfielders: Sipho Mbule & Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United), Mothobi Mvala (Mamelodi Sundowns), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune FC), Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy), Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs).

Forwards: Thabiso Kutumela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United), Gift Links (Aarhus GF), Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Victor Letsoalo (Royal AM), Percy Tau (Al Ahly) & Luther Singh (FC Copenhagen).

Ghana

Goalkeepers: Richard Atta (Hearts of Oak), Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St Gallen, Switzerland), Manaf Nurudeen (KAS Eupen, Belgium) & Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates, South Africa).

Defenders: Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo, Spain), Samuel Ashie Quaye (Accra Great Olympics), Philemon Baffour (Dreams FC), Alexander Djiku (Racing Starsbourg, France), Ismail Ganiyu (Asante Kotoko), Gideon Mensah (Girondins Bordeaux, France), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA) & Fatawu Mohammed (Hearts of Oak).

Midfielders: Majeed Ashimeru (Anderlecht, Belgium), Baba Iddrisu (Mallorca, Spain), Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Steadfast FC), Emmanuel Lomotey (Amiens, France), Samuel Owusu (Al Fahya, Saudi Arabia), Mubarak Wakaso (Shenzhen, China) & Yaw Yeboah (Wisla Krakow, Poland).

Forwards: Andre Ayew (Al Saad, Qatar), Daniel Afriyie Barnieh (Hearts of Oak), Joel Fameyeh (FC Orenburg, Russia), Emmanuel Gyasi (Spezia, Italy), Braydon Manu (SV Darmstadt, Germany) & Kwame Opoku (SM Alger, Algeria).

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