CHAN 2023 tourney… Black Galaxies seek revenge against Niger

The Black Galaxies of Gha­na will face off with Niger in the quarter-finals of the 2022 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) tournament today at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran, Algeria.

Ghana’s home-based na­tional team bounced back from their 2-1 defeat against Madagascar in their opening match, to thrash Sudan 3-1 in their sub­sequent game to qualify to the next stage of the compe­tition.

After pro­gressing to the next stage of the competition courtesy a mélange of luck and good fortune, the Black Galaxies would face the toughest challenge of the com­petition and must be equal to the task.

Niger snatched the top spot of Group E after showing Camer­oon the exit with a 1-0 defeat in their final group game on Tuesday to book a date with Ghana.

The West Af­ricans are also yet to win the competition.

After some dominance at the group stages, they would be determined to cause anoth­er upset by beating the former finalists and move closer to silverware.

Moreover, today’s encounter would be the second meeting be­tween the two sides after their first clash in the 2011 edition, where Niger beat Ghana in their final group game.

Ousseni Badamassi and Jerome Ngom Mbekeli would be instru­mental in this quest to hand Ghana another defeat.

The Black Galaxies on the other hand, would be up for revenge to give their opponents a taste of their own bitter pills.

Ghana returned to the competi­tion after six years of absence and are set to make a huge mark in this year’s competition.

A victory against Niger would set their ambitions on the right path.

The two-time finalists are also determined to win the competition for the first time.

The Ghanaians would hope to advance to the semi-final of the competition for the third time in four appearances at the CHAN, having done so in 2009 and 2014 where they finished as silver med­alists.

However, they are yet to stamp their authority on the competition so far and despite their 3-1 victory against Sudan, they are far from the favourite tag.

Annor Walker’s side received a huge boost ahead of the game with Captain Gladson Awako tak­ing part in training and declared fit for the game, following an injury in the first game.

Again, Kofi Kordzi and Sylves­ter Simba would have to step up to give their opponents a run for their money.

The winner of the game would face the winner of the encounter between hosts Algeria and Cote d’Ivoire in another cracker waiting to unfold.


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