All good things must come to an end. The last 16 at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has been good. But that will be over after this clash between Ghana and Tunisia. And one of these sides needs to make it to the next stage of the tournament.
The Black Stars are on the hunt for a seventh straight Africa Cup of Nations victory over Tunisia when they clash tonight in the final last-16 match in Egypt.
After the countries drew a 1963 group game, the Black Stars defeated the Carthage Eagles in Tunis to win the 1965 final and began an amazing six-match, 54-year winning streak.
“Tunisia will fall in Ismailia on Monday,” predicted captain Andre Ayew, one of two sons of Ghana legend Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew in the Ghana squad.
“Football is not only about tactics, it is also about being united as a team and competing for every ball.
“We have to be smart too and I have no doubt that the boys will deliver against Tunisia and reach the quarter-finals.”
The Ayews have made a significant impact already with Crystal Palace forward Jordan scoring two and Fenerbahce midfielder Andre one of the four goals that won Group F.
Ghana haven’t shied away from being sharing their confidence with the media.
“We have watched them, know how they play and are going to beat them,” promised Ghana midfielder Mubarak Wakaso.
“We are taking this tournament match by match, never looking beyond our next opponents. Our focus in exclusively on defeating Tunisia and reaching the last eight.”
Tunisia have been a major disappointment apart from forward Wahbi Khazri, failing to win a group match and scraping through in second place, four points behind Mali.
Ghana has suffered a blow with the news that winger Christian Atsu is out for the rest of the tournament but there is some better news on the injury front with Thomas Agyepong potentially available for this contest after sitting out the game with Guinea-Bissau.Tunisia.
The Carthage Eagles are experiencing no injury or suspension related issues, the Tunisian players are all in good shape and position to go against Ghana in this round of the AFCON tournament.
HEAD TO HEAD:
The last ten meetings between Ghana and Tunisia saw the Black stars won five, drew four and lost one.
Ghana has a better head to head record against the North African team.
Ghana secured top spot in Group F of the Africa Cup of Nations as they defeated Guinea-Bissau in their final group game to usurp Cameroon by virtue of scoring a greater number of goals.
Ghana won just one game out of three games so far in this tournament, they are gradually building on their previous games to improve in their next game.
Alan Giresse’s men are yet to record a win in their last three games of the Afcon competition, they drew all their previous games.
Tunisia qualified for the Round of 16 after finishing second in Group E behind Mali.
Richard Ofori, John Boye, Baba Rahman, Kasim Nuhu, Andy Yiadom, Thomas Partey, Samuel Owusu, Wakaso Mubarak, Afriyie Acquah, Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew.
Hassen, Kechrida, Bronn, Maria, Haddad, Badri, Chaalali, Schrie, Sliti, Khazri, Kheniss
Ghana 1-0 Tunisia.