It’s just under a week to the start of the Africa Cup of Nations and, all eyes have already turned to Gabon as they host Africa’s flagship tournament.
All qualified countries have already begun preparations in anticipation for a tough battle to win the coveted gold. But one group that will be of major interest to Ghanaians is group D.
Touted as the ‘group of death’ by bookmakers, group D houses the Ghana together with Egypt, Uganda and Mali as they battle for a place in the knockout rounds of the competition.
GHANA VS EGYPT
Rivals since 1959, Ghana and Egypt have been two of the dominant sides on the African continent.
The two nations share a combined 11 Africa Cup of Nations titles, with the Pharaohs accounting for seven while the Black Stars have five.
Ghana and Egypt have faced off 21 times in the past. The North Africans boast a superior head-to-head record with 11 wins. The Black Stars have won only five times against Egypt, with the other five matches ending in draws.
Take a look at the full results of matches between both countries.
06/12/1959 Ghana 2-0 Egypt (Olympic Qualifiers)
03/07/1960 Egypt 2-2 Ghana (Friendly)
18/10/1964 Egypt 5-1 Ghana (Olympics)
09/02/1970 Egypt 1-1 Ghana (African Cup)
16/01/1973 Egypt 2-1 Ghana (All Africa Games)
17/01/1992 Egypt 0-1 Ghana (African Cup)
29/12/1993 Ghana 0-0 Egypt (Friendly)
02/01/1994 Ghana 2-1 Egypt (Friendly)
23/08/1994 Egypt 2-0 Ghana (Friendly)
29/12/1995 Egypt 1-2 Ghana (Friendly)
26/05/1996 Ghana 0-2 Egypt (Friendly)
16/01/1997 Egypt 2-0 Ghana (Friendly)
03/12/1997 Egypt 3-2 Ghana (Friendly)
12/11/1999 Egypt 1-2 Ghana (Friendly)
17/01/2000 Egypt 2-0 Ghana (Friendly)
04/01/2002 Egypt 2-0 Ghana (Friendly)
22/12/2002 Egypt 0-0 Ghana (Friendly)
11/02/2009 Egypt 2-2 Ghana (Friendly)
31/01/2010 Egypt 1-0 Ghana (African Cup)
10/01/2013 Egypt 0-3 Ghana (Friendly)
15/10/2013 Ghana 6-1 Egypt (World Cup qualifiers)
19/11/2013 Egypt 2-1 Ghana (World Cup qualifiers)
13/11/2016 Egypt 2-0 Ghana (World Cup qualifiers)
GHANA VS MALI
Group D opponents Mali will be facing the Black Stars for the 23rd time when the two nations meet at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
Ghana has an edge over their West African neighbours when it comes to the numbers. The Black Stars have been victorious over the Eagles ten times, losing five times with the fixture recording seven stalemates.
The following are previous results of matches between the Black Stars and the Eagles of Mali.
28/O8/1960 Mali 1-4 Ghana (Friendly)
01/06/1961 Ghana 3-0 Mali (Friendly)
17/03/1962 Ghana 0-0 Mali (Friendly)
03/03/1963 Ghana 3-0 (Friendly)
31/12/1974 Ghana 4-0 Mali (Africa Cup )
13/04/1975 Mali 3-1 Ghana (Africa Cup)
31/05/1978 Mali 1-1 Ghana (Friendly)
25/06/1978 Ghana 4-1 Mali (Friendly)
17/07/1978 Ghana 1-1 Mali (All African Games)
31/07/1988 Ghana 1-0 Mali (Friendly)
24/12/1992 Mali 1-1 Ghana (Friendly)
01/01/1993 Ghana 1-1 Mali (Friendly)
23/02/ 1994 Mali 0-0 Ghana (Friendly)
03/12/1998 Mali 0-2 Ghana (Friendly)
26/12/2001 Mali 1-1 Ghana (Friendly)
07/06/2009 Mali 0-2 Ghana (World Cup qualifiers)
15/11/2009 Ghana 2-2 Mali (World Cup qualifiers)
28/01/2012 Ghana 2-0 Mali (Africa Cup)
11/02/2012 Ghana 0-2 Mali (Africa Cup)
24/01/2013 Ghana 1-0 Mali (Africa Cup)
09/02/2013 Mali 3-1 Ghana (Africa Cup)
31/03/2015 Ghana 1-1 (Friendly)
GHANA VS UGANDA
The Cranes of Uganda have proved to be tough opponents for the Black Stars in recent times.
Uganda are unbeaten against Ghana in the last three meetings and the last time the Black Stars actually triumphed over the Cranes was in 2009. However Ghana still holds a better head-to-head record over their group D opponents.
In 13 games against the Cranes, Ghana has won six times. Uganda has three wins as well, with four matches ending up in draws.
Below is a list of previous matches played between Ghana and Uganda;
10/10/1962 Ghana 4-1 Uganda (Friendly)
30/09/1964 Ghana 2-0 Uganda (Independence Tournament)
23/10/1964 Uganda 0-2 Ghana (Friendly)
18/03/1978 Ghana 2-0 Uganda (Africa Cup)
25/10/2000 Uganda 2-1 Ghana (Four Nations Castle Lager Cup (East Africa)
07/09/ 2002 Uganda 1-0 Ghana (Africa Cup)
22/06/2003 Ghana 1-1 Uganda 1-1 (Africa Cup)
03/07/2004 Ghana 1-1 Uganda (World cup qualifiers)
4/09/2005 Ghana 2-0 Uganda (World cup qualifiers)
31/05/2009 Ghana 2-1 Uganda (Friendly)
06/09/ 2014 Ghana 1-1 Uganda (Africa Cup qualifiers)
15/11/2014 Uganda 1-0 Ghana (Africa Cup qualifiers)
07/10/2016 Ghana 0-0 Uganda (World Cup qualifiers)
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