the team to beat at 2019 wafu: ghana

09:00    30 May 2019

Twum Isaac of Ghana celebrates victory during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations Final match between Ghana and Nigeria at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 24 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
As the defending champions, after securing the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations title, Ghana are the team to beat at this year’s tournament which will be hosted in Senegal from 28 September to 13 October.

Ghana’s first match will see them take on The Gambia on 28 September in the second match of the day at the Stade Lat Dior. Statistically, the two teams have met on six occasions with Ghana registering four wins, one draw and one loss against The Gambia.

So, the Black Stars will fancy their chances of progressing to the quarterfinals of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations.

2019 WAFU draw produces fascinating ties

Here are some reasons that the Black Stars will be difficult to beat at the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations:

- Ghana are the defending WAFU Cup of Nations Champions after beating Nigeria 4-1 in the final in 2017, proving they are a team for the big occasion. They will certainly be sending their best team to defend the trophy.

- In fact, Ghana are back-to-back winners of the tournament having won the WAFU Cup of Nations in 2013 and 2017. They will definitely be doing everything they can to make it three in a row.

- The Black Stars finished the 2017 tournament as the team with the most goals scored, after finding the back of the net 10 times which proves they are deadly in front of goal.

- Kwadwo Stephen Sarfo finished the 2017 Tournament as the leading goal scorer with three strikes to his name and he will be hoping to repeat that showing.

- Since 2010 the WAFU Cup of Nations has taken place four times, with a fourth place finish the worst Ghana has ever achieved. In 2010 and 2011 Ghana finished in third and fourth place respectively, while they won both the 2013 and 2017 event.

- The Black Stars have a 77 percent win record in the last two events with 7 wins from 9 matches. In 2013 they won 3 out of 4 matches while in the 2017 event they won 4 out of 5 matches.
 

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