The Ghanaian Black Stars will play Mozambique in their final group B match of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.
The game is set to begin at 8 p.m. today, Monday, January 22, 2024, at the Olympic Stadium of Ebimpe.
After dropping their opening two group stage matches, the Black Stars will need to defeat Mozambique in order to advance to the round of 16.
As Ghana looks to advance to the competition’s knockout stages, coach Chris Houghton says there’s a chance midfielder Richmond Lamptey of Kotoko could see some action at the AFCON.
The standout player for the Porcupine Warriors this season has not yet been used in the matches against Mozambique and Cape Verde.
Speaking at the team’s official pregame press conference, Coach Houghton expressed his satisfaction with the veteran Kotoko’s training shift and expressed hope that the player would get some playing time when the time comes.
“Once he is part of the squad, everyone has an opportunity. We constantly talk about how difficult it is to pick a team, pick a bench and also to leave players out and this is the responsibility of myself and the technical staff.
Richmond has been a big part of our squad just like everybody else and that means that they always put themselves into consideration to play, he added.”
Football legend from Ghana, Reverend Osei Kofi, has urged Black Stars to put in their best effort to defeat Mozambique in their last group match.
Later tonight, at Alassane Ouattara Stadium, the Black Stars and Os Mambas will square off in the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition. Kickoff is set for 20:00GMT.
Ghana faced an initial setback with a 2-1 defeat against Cape Verde and a 2-2 draw against Egypt in their subsequent group match.
Speaking to media, Reverend Osei Kofi, a crucial component of Ghana’s AFCON-winning teams in 1963 and 1965, urged the team to strive for the crucial points.
“Winning against Mozambique] will be the beginning of good things to come. Let’s win the match first,” he said.