Gabon 2017 Group D Preview


Group D
Ghana
Mali
Egypt
Uganda

GHANA : The Blackstars of Ghana need to put the crisis between the Coach,Football Federation and Sports Ministry aside in what could be the last Afcon Appearance for Ghana Alltime topscorer and Skipper Asamoah Gyan, the recent results has been poor and they will be hoping for a turnaround from Inspirational deputy Captain Andre Dede Ayew, Mubarak Wakaso who was the Joint topscorer of Afcon 2013 has an Important role to play.

All eyes will be on Afcon 2015 MVP Christian Atsu and yet another Opportunity for Jordan Ayew to Prove People of Ghana Wrong that he is not Overrated.
Leicester Midfielder Daniel Amartey will have a taste of Africa's best Competition alongside Athletico Madrid Prodigy Thomas Partey. Meanwhile, Enyimba new Aquisition, Fatau Dauda will feature in the absence of injured Adam Kwarasey while Abdul-Majeed Waris failed to make the final Squad.

MALI : The Eagles of Mali will be Afcon 2017 as underdog with the Coaching experience of Alain Giresse,the energy of Bakary Sako plus youthfulness of Monaco Star Adama Traore.

EGYPT : Hector Cuper have the task to put the Pharaohs on the Podium as they will be making their first Afcon appearance since 2010.Essam Elhadary will be the Oldest player in history as he will be in Goal at the age of 43.Stoke City Midfielder Ramadan Sobhi will be one of the Player to Watch despite limited playing time at Club Level while Mohamed Elneny and Mohamed Salah will come with their top club experience to help the course.

UGANDA : The Cranes of Uganda are the 2016 Best National Team of the year coupled with the Best African Based player award won by Legendary Goalkeeper Denis Onyanga which will boost the morale of Coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredejovic tutoured side.
Players like Geoffrey Massa and Geofrey Sserenkuma will scare any team but Africa must watchout for freescoring Farouk Miya.

Conclusion : Ghana, Uganda and Egypt are resuming their World cup race rivalry.
To beat Uganda has been an Hercules task for Ghana for some months now coupled with the fact that they just lost to Egypt last November.
Mali are happy with the attention shifted on the other three teams.
Avram Grant's last chance to impress as it seems like Ghana won't Qualify for Russia 2018 World Cup and his relationship with GFA not smooth over his disagreement to live in Ghana.

Photo Credit : AP

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