Ghana vs. Cape Verde Islands, Quarter Final Preview, Prediction, and Pick

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Ghana vs. Cape Verde Islands, Quarter Final Preview, Prediction, and Pick

The knockout phase of African Nations Cup is set to get underway with Cape Verde Islands taking on Ghana in the first quarterfinal of the tournament. The match will start on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 15:00 GMT at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Ghana was one of the expected sides to make it to the quarters while same could not be said about Cape Verde Islands before the tournament commenced. Ghana and Cape Verde Islands have met before too and more often than not, Ghana has emerged as victorious. Mubarak Wakaso, who was suspended for a match by the virtue of two yellow cards, would make a return in this game.

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Ghana's performance in the tournament so far has been excellent. They were at the top in Group B win two wins and a draw with Congo. They muscled past Niger with a 3-0 victory in their last match. Ghana has scored six goals so far in the tournament and all of the goals have been scored by different players which highlight the team effort put by them. Ghana's major weapon has been their attack, and their midfielders have joined the attack too.

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Cape Verde Islands may not be a very well-known name in the game of soccer, but they have a good side nonetheless. They've managed to sneak into quarterfinals along with South Africa from their group. They've performed reasonably well, but rather defensively and consistently throughout the tournament. They drew two games and won just one in the first half. They really need to improve their attack to challenge in-form Ghana side.

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Can we see an upset in the first quarterfinal? It's possible, but perhaps improbable. Ghana is playing excellent football and now Wakaso is back in the team too. Cape Verde Islands would have to improve their game significantly in order to pose a serious threat to Ghana. Ghana is a stronger team on paper and on field and I'd back them to make it to the semis.

  • Prediction: Ghana -2 Cape Verde Islands -1

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Cape Verde Islands may have made it to the quarters with reasonably amount of effort, but they'd really need to shift gears to win against strong Ghana side. Ghana has good record against them and in the tournament and I'd place my money on them for this game.