Sports News of Saturday, 15 June 2019
In total, South Africa and Ghana have clashed 11 times in all competitions. Bafana boasts a better record, having won five of their respective clashes against the West Africans while Ghana have won just three. There hasalso been three draws.
#2 Goals galore
Whenever these two sides have met, it has always been an exciting affair with 21 goals scored between them, and with Saturday’s clash being used as preparation for the Afcon, there could be more to come.
#3 Bafana are underdogs
Going into the clash, Bafana will be deemed as underdogs considering the latest Fifa Rankings.
There is a whopping 21 places dividing South Africa in 72nd and Ghana, who are in 51st place.
#4 Baxter’s Ghanaian woes
While Bafana may have the head-to-head advantage, it is important to note that Stuart Baxter has never beaten Ghana while in charge of the South Africa national team.
During his first stint with Bafana in the early 2000s, the sides met on two occasions, and both ended in favour of Ghana.
#5 Bafana – No win since 2010
There has been two other games since Bafana last won a game against Ghana in 2010. The Southern Africans have lost one and drawn one. The last meeting was back in 2016 – an international friendly. The game ended 1-1 with Ayanda Patosi scoring for Bafana and Mubarak Wakaso netting for the Ghanaians.
Surprisingly, Ghana have never won an official friendly match against Bafana.
According to Fifa’s website, out of the five previous meetings, Bafana have won three and have drawn the other two.