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Cameroon’s Andre Onana shines as 5th best goalkeeper in FIFA awardGhana vs. Egypt: Two wounded heavyweights chase first victory at AFCON 2023

By Muluh Alfred

Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana secured a respectable 5th place position in the esteemed 2023 FIFA Men’s Best Goalkeeper of the Year award.

The prestigious awards recognized the top goalies regardless of league or background for their exceptional performances between 19 December 2022 to August 20th, 2023.

The Cameroonian keeper who has been on the radar for other awards finished behind the likes of YaccinMarc-André ter Stegen, Yassine Bounou, Thibaut Courtois, and Ederson, earning a commendable 5 points.

Brazilian netminder Ederson, triumphed over his peers after a standout season protecting Manchester City’s treble-winning endeavors With an astonishing 23 points, blowing past runners-up Thibaut Courtois (20 points) and Yassine Bounou (16 points) and Onana.

The said ranks came about following votes from An international jury comprised of current coaches and captains of all men’s national teams (one from each team), specialist journalists from every territory repped by a national team,
and fans from around the globe registered on FIFA.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

A repetition of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final will take centre stage as four-time winners Ghana take on record seven-time champions Egypt in the second group B encounter at the Stade Félix-Houphouët-Boigny on Thursday.

The stakes will be high this time around as the two African football heavyweights chase their first win of the tournament after a difficult start.

Egypt needed a last-gasp strike from Mohamed Salah to secure a point against Mozambique, while Ghana suffered another humiliating 2-1 loss to Cape Verde.

The Black Stars are on a five-match winless streak at the AFCON, and matters could get worse for Chris Hughton’s side if they fail to get positive results against last year’s finalist, Egypt.

Ghana would certainly come out with the belief to beat Egypt, a side they demolished 6-1 in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, as a defeat for the Black Stars would culminate in a third successive loss at the AFCON.

Team News

The biggest news from the Black Stars camp is the likely return of W
est Ham star Mohammed Kudus.

Kudus was involved in an intense training with the team and is expected to be named in the matchday squad for the Egypt encounter.

Kudus is expected to play a role for the Black Stars in the Egypt encounter, though he might not get a starting role.

Chris Hughton is expected to make massive changes to his side, especially with his defence, after they conceded two poor goals against Cape Verde.

Mohamed Salah will certainly spearhead the Egyptian attack, along with Mohamed and Mahmoud Trezeguet.

There are no major injuries in the Egyptian camp, as coach Rui Vitoria will have the full complement of his team.

Ghana’s possible starting lineup: Ofori (GK) Seidu, Dijku, Salisu, Mensah; Ashimeru, Salis, Paintsil, Kudus, J Ayew, Semenyo

Egypt possible starting lineup: El-Shenawy(GK),Hany, Hegazy, Abdelmonem, Hamdi; Zizo, Elneny, Fathi; Salah, Mohamed, Trezeguet

Predicted Scoreline: Ghana 2-1 Egypt

Source: Ghana News Agency