African Cup of Nations: Group B Match Previews

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Ghana v Mali;
African Cup of Nations Group B, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth;
Thursday, 24th January; 15:00 KO.

Team News:

Ghana will be without young striker Richmond Boakye and midfielder Anthony Annan for the game against Mali, while coach James Kwesi Appiah may make some changes after the Black Stars' dismal 2-2 draw against DR Congo.

As for Mali, coach Patrice Carteron has no injuries to the squad but may also think about making changes to his side after only a narrow victory over Niger, despite being over 60 places above them in the world rankings.

Niger v DR Congo;
African Cup of Nations Group B, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth;
Thursday, 24th January; 18:00 KO.

Team News:

Niger are still looking for their first point ever in the African Cup of Nations, having been beaten in all four games, with coach Gernot Rohr expected to stick to the same tactics, having held Mali off for over 80 minutes.

DR Congo are also without any injury concerns, but coach Claude LeRoy complained that his team's uneven training surface could change that.

With Le Roy likely to keep the same team that drew against Ghana, it will mean West Bromwich Albion's Youssouf Mulumbu gets another chance to shine for his country.

Although the 25-year-old has just 13 caps for DR Congo, his vast experience at the heart of the West Brom's midfield will be key to inspiring The Leopards to victory and one step closer to progressing to the quarter-finals.

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