The Black Stars have consistently excelled in tournaments, but claiming the championship has remained elusive.
Ghana previously defeated Cape Verde 2-0 in the 2013 quarter-finals, and a victory in this crucial fixture would set the stage for their campaign.
Cape Verde, making their fourth AFCON appearance, boast a commendable record of not losing opening matches.
The Blue Sharks are in contention to cause a major upset when they face Ghana in Africa’s biggest football tournament.
Although expectations around this match for Ghanaians are low, a win in this tricky fixture will set the ball rolling for the Black Stars.
Ghana will be without talisman Thomas Partey, who has been an integral member of the squad, due to injury.
However, they can rely on the presence of Kudus, Jordan Ayew and Inaki Williams for goal contributions on Sunday.
Bournemouth striker Antoine Semenyo may not feature in the starting lineup, as he was absent in Pre-Afcon game against Namibia in Kumasi.
Cape Verde enters the match with a fully fit squad and is expected to go in with a 4-3-3 formation against Ghana.
Ryan Mendes and Logan Costa are notable names in their squad who could cause problems for Ghana in the encounter.
When and Where :
Date: Sunday, January 14, 2024.
Kick-Off: 8:00pm local time
Venue: Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny
Ghana possible starting lineup:
Ofori, Seidu, Djiku, Salisu, Mensah, Amartey, Salis, J. Ayew, Kudus, Paintsil, Williams
Cape Verde possible starting lineup:
Vozinha, Semedo, Borges, Pico, Stopira, Rocha, Costa, Monteiro, Mendes, Rodrigues, Bebe
Ghana 1-1 Cape Verde