African Cup of Nations: Group B Match Previews - 28/01/13

Niger v Ghana; DR Congo v Mali

Adam Storer
Published 01/28/2013 16:34 by Adam Storer.

Niger v Ghana;

African Cup of Nations Group B, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth;

Monday, 28th January; 17:00 KO.

Team News

Niger are out to upset one of the tournament favourites, and progress through to their first quarter-final in the African Cup of Nations.

The Menas will need to beat Ghana to stand a chance of qualifying after just one point from a possible six, however with no injury concerns, they still have a decent chance to cause a shock.

As for the Black Stars, they will be missing striker Richmond Boakye and centre midfielder Anthony Annan through injury. Espanyol midfielder Mubarak Wakaso will also not be featuring as he is suspended - picking up his second yellow of the tournament against Mali.

DR Congo v Mali;

African Cup of Nations Group B, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban;

Thursday, 28th January; 17:00 KO.

Team News

DR Congo have a full squad available to coach Claude LeRoy, but will need a win to ensure qualification after two draws in their opening matches.

West Bromwich Albion and Congolese midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu believes that this game is the biggest game in his footballing career.

He tweeted: "Win or Go Home, 1 of the most important game in my 26y life!!"

The former PSG man is likely to start for the Leopards having already played every single minute in the tournament so far.

Congo's opponents Mali are also at full strength, knowing that if Ghana defeat Niger, then they will just need a draw to secure a quarter-final place in the competition.

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