The anticipated tie between the defending champions Cameroon and Ghana at the Ismailia Stadium on Saturday is a must win for the Black Stars if they’re to progress to the knockout stage.
Their last game at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations against Benin speaks volumes of how Ghana has fallen short of confidence and no longer a team to fear.
But take nothing away from James Kwesi Appiah the head coach of Ghana, as a former player of the Black Stars, he knows what it takes to win a big match despite the odds being in favour of Cameroon.
Ghana comes into this crunch tie knowing that the Indomitable Lions have a good record against them.
Anything short of a good result will leave the 2015 finalists’ hopes to the last 16 hanging by a thread.
In any big encounter, every coach expects his best players to step up their game and put in a shift for the team.
Appiah desperately wants to see his players improve in their respective departments most especially the midfield that failed to click well in their last outing.
Thomas Partey, Mubarak Wakaso and Andre Ayew need to be more effective in the midfield, against Benin, they lacked that composure every time they lost the ball, which made them vulnerable to a well organized and solid team like Benin.
Kwadwo Asamoah is expected to be the focal point alongside Jordan Ayew who scored their second goal against Benin and Samuel Owusu is likely to bench Christian Atsu who had a shaky performance last time out.
The 22-year-old sensation had some impressive runs that brought back Ghana in the game and that could earn him a starting place against Cameroon.
With the history both teams have, the acquaintance of the game from both managers, a tense showdown is highly expected.
Cameroon’s coach Clarence Seedorf and his Ghana counterpart Appiah know that the three points today will make a difference in the group in terms of advancing to the knockout stage.