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FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

South Africa will target a home win in their second 2022 World Cup Qualifying Group G match when they face Ghana at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Monday evening.

The West African side lead the way in the group standings after a win over Ethiopia in Cape Coast on Friday evening, with midfielder Mubarak Wakaso scoring the only goal of the game.

The Black Stars, who are looking to return to the global showpiece after missing the last World Cup in Russia, will be aiming to improve on their attacking play, according to coach C.K. Akonnor.

“If you watch our game we create a lot of chances. This same chances [we converted] against Qatar to score five goals”, Akonnor explained. “So it’s not a situation whereby we cannot score goals but now it seems so but I strongly believe we will score goals. We are doing well and creating chances. With time it will come.”

South Africa got their group stage off to a solid if unspectacular start by holding neighbours Zimbabwe 0-0 in Harare on Friday afternoon.

Bafana Bafana generally played on the back foot, but put in a sound defensive display and created the better scoring opportunities. Yet they will need to go up a gear or two given the higher quality of players Ghana have at their disposal.

“I’m happy about the mentality,” coach Hugo Broos explained. “I think the players showed a good mentality while defensively I think it was alright. We didn’t give too many chances to Zimbabwe and the defence was there so I’m happy about that also.”

The Belgian added, “You have to score to win games. [Against Zimbabwe] it was not so good offensively and I think we have to work on that.”

In head-to-head stats, South Africa and Ghana have met in 14 matches across all competitions and friendlies since their first recorded clash back in 1994. The Black Stars and Bafana Bafana have claimed four wins apiece, with six games ending in draws.

The teams last met in a friendly in March of this year, at the FNB Stadium, which ended 1-1 after goals from Emmanuel Gyasi and Percy Tau.

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