Two heavyweights of African football face off at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Monday as South Africa host Ghana in a huge World Cup 2022 qualifying clash.
The hosts kicked off stage two of the qualifying process with a 0-0 draw against Zimbabwe, while Ghana beat Ethiopia 1-0 to lead the way in Group G.
South Africa and Ghana have competed in six of the last 12 World Cups between them, but only one side can advance to stage three of qualifying.
Ghana lead the way after the opening set of fixtures thanks to Mubarak Wakaso’s strike in Friday’s victory over Ethiopia.
The Black Stars have now lost just one of their last five matches overall, a run that includes a 1-1 draw with South Africa in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying six months ago.
Charles Akonnor’s men have also kept back-to-back clean sheets, though breaching the South Africa backline will be a huge challenge on Monday.
The hosts have kept seven shutouts on the spin, the most recent of those coming against Zimbabwe on Friday.
However, that stalemate in Harare will be considered a setback of sorts for Bafana Bafana in what was head coach Hugo Broos’s first official game in charge.
Percy Tau had a chance to snatch a late win for South Africa, though in the end a point apiece was considered a fair outcome.
That could turn out to be a point gained rather than two dropped, though if that is to be the case then Broos’s charges need to pick up a victory against Ghana on Monday.
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We say: South Africa 1-0 Ghana
Ghana are in the driving seat thanks to their opening-game victory and another win in Johannesburg would leave South Africa’s qualification hopes in serious jeopardy.
However, the hosts are unbeaten in eight games and have kept a clean sheet in the last seven of those, so we are backing them to keep Group G wide open with a victory here.