West Africa meets East Africa tonight in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. Four time winners and 2015 finalists Ghana will clash with 1978 finalists at Port-Gentil at 7PM East African Time.
The two teams need to win this match to give themselves any chance of progressing to the next round. The group also has giants Egypt and Mali making it the toughest in the tournament.
Let us take a closer look at some of the key stats:
9. Head To Head
Ghana vs Uganda: Head-to-Head
Ghana: 3 Wins
Uganda: 3 Wins
Draw: 4 draws
8. Match Date, Time and Venue
Date: 17th January 2017
Time: 1800hrs CAT (1900 EAT)
Venue: Stade de Port Gentil
7. CAF/FIFA Rankings
Ghana: Africa- 9th, World- 54th
Uganda: Africa- 18th, World – 73rd
6. Best AFCON performance
Ghana: 4 time winners, last title in 1982. Finalists in 2010 and 2015
Uganda: Runners-up in 1978, their last AFCON appearance.
5. Key Players
Ghana: Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew and Christian Atsu.
Uganda: Denis Onyango, Khalid Aucho and Faruku Miya.
4. Coach Quotes
Ghana: Avram Grant
Key Quote- “The players have showed good spirit, the quality is good. We will be ready for the first game. We came here to do something good. It’s ok to say we want to win but it would be unprofessional to think we will just get it.”
Uganda: Serbian Sredojevic
Key Quote- “I feel honoured, pleased and privileged to be here. We have worked very hard in Uganda to make this happen. Thirty-plus million people have dreamt to have us here”
3. Injuries to key players
Uganda: Murshid Juuko and Khalid Aucho and Goalkeeper Denis Onyango
Briamah Razak (Cordoba, Spain), Richard Ofori (All Stars, Ghana) and Fatau Dauda (Ashanti Gold, Ghana)
Andy Yiadom (Barnsley, England), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Baba Rahman (Schalke 04, Germany), Daniel Amarte (Leicester, England), Edwin Gyimah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium) and Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA)
Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Christian Atsu (Newcastle, England), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Wakaso Mubarak (Panathanaikos, Greece), Ebenezer Ofori (AIK, Sweden) and Samuel Tetteh (FC Liefering, Austria).
Asamoah Gyan (Al-Ahli, UAE), Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Andre Ayew (West Ham, England), Bernard Tekpetey (Schalke 04, Germany) and Ebenezer Assifuah (Le Havre, France)
Salim Jamal Magoola (Al Merreikh, Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Saint George, Ethiopia) and Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa)
Timothy Dennis Awany (KCCA, Uganda), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA), Shafiq Batambuze (Tusker, Kenya), Denis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Isaac Isinde (Unattached), Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania) and Nicholas Wadada (Vipers, Uganda).
Khalid Aucho (Baroka, South Africa), Mike Azira (Colorado Rapids, USA), Geoffrey Kizito (Than Quang Ninh, Vietnam), William Luwagga Kizito (Rio Ave, Portugal), Tony Mawejje (Thotur, Iceland), Hassan Wasswa (Nijmeh, Lebabon), Moses Oloya (Hanoi T and T, Vietnam) and Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya).
Geoffrey Massa (Baroka, South Africa), Faruku Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium), Yunus Sentamu (Ilves, Finland), Geoffrey Sserunkuma (KCCA, Uganda) and Muhammed Shaban (Onduparaka, Uganda).
1.Last match between the two teams
Result: Ghana 0-0 Uganda
Date: October 2016
Competition: World Cup Qualifier