Qualification for the 2026 World Cup: Black Stars will defeat the Wild Beasts today

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In Bamako last Thursday, the Black Stars overcame a 2-1 deficit to display incredible resiliency. This important win increased their prospects of making it to the World Cup for a seventh time. With only goal differential separating Ghana, Comoros, and CAR from each other's six points, the Group I standings are now extremely tight. This situation increases the stakes for today's game, and the Black Stars need to win handily in order to maintain their prospects of qualifying.
Coach Otto Addo acknowledged the anticipated difficulty of the match against CAR, noting the increased expectations following their win against Mali. "The game against Central African Republic is going to be tougher because now everybody expects us to win, and it's going to be difficult. It is not going to be the same as today's game (against Mali)," Coach Addo stated.
CAR also enters the game with confidence, having secured a 1-0 victory against Chad last Wednesday.
CAR has historically struggled against Ghana, with their best performance being a 1-1 draw in the 2022 AFCON qualifiers. However, Ghana's recent 2-1 win against CAR in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations group stage offers the Black Stars a psychological advantage.
Key players from that victory, including Mohammed Kudus and Ernest Nuamah, who scored Ghana's goals, are likely to be pivotal again in today’s encounter in Kumasi.

The Black Stars' squad remains strong, with influential players such as Lawrence Ati-Zigi, Alexander Djiku, Alidu Seidu, Salis Abdul Samed, Tariq Lamptey, Antoine Semenyo, and Jordan Ayew available for selection. 
Interestingly, these players were all part of Ghana's victory against CAR the last time and they would be determined to teach CAR some football lessons this time around with a heavy defeat. 

Today's match is particularly significant for the Ghanaian team as they aim to rebuild trust with their fans after a disappointing AFCON campaign earlier this year. For CAR, a victory is equally critical to bolster their World Cup qualification hopes.
Coach Savoy Raoul has brought a strong squad to Kumasi, including Olympique Marseille's Geoffrey Kondogbia, former Hearts of Oak star Ouatching Yassan, Godame Tieri from FC Challans, and Mafouta Louis of Amiens.

The Central African side looks determined to challenge Ghana and possibly secure a historic win that would not only mark their first victory over Ghana but also push them among the contenders for a World Cup slot.
For Coach Otto Addo and his players, the goal is to solidify their standing and ease the pressure ahead of future qualifiers. Today's game promises to be a fiercely contested encounter, with both teams eyeing crucial points in their World Cup qualification journey.

After defeating Mali last Thursday, the Black Stars' quest for a perfect score in their two-leg 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers gained impetus. Coach Otto Addo is feeling more optimistic after this victory as they prepare to play the 

Central African Republic's (CAR) Wild Beasts at Baba Yara Stadium today.

Source by: SportsMesiah

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