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Black Stars set to beat Guinea?

Ghana’s caretaker coach, Maxwell Konadu will be hoping to make a positive impression for the top-job when he leads his Black Stars side in the first of a double-header against Guinea tomorrow at the Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca, Morocco.

The crucial tie presents the 41-year-old Konadu, who did not apply for the vacant Black Stars job, with a priceless audition which could force himself into the consciousness of selectors who did not name him among the five shortlisted applicants.

Konadu’s 23-man selection for the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Guinea’s Syli National (National Elephant) did not differ much from call-ups handed out by his predecessor, Kwasi Appiah with defender Kwabena Adusei being the only debutant.

He will also be hoping to build on the 2-3 away victory chalked by Appiah last time out against Togo in Lome which lifted the Black Stars to second place on goal difference in Group E albeit level on four points with surprise leaders Uganda.

A victory for Ghana will see the Stars string two wins together for the first time since their disastrous campaign at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and place them in a dominant position to claim one of two slots for AFCON 2015 slated between January 18 to February 8 in Morocco.

In the opposite dug-out, Michel Dussuyer in his second spell as head coach of third-placed Guinea, will be hoping to record his first victory over Ghana after their last meeting at AFCON 2012 ended in a 1-1 draw which ousted his side from the tourney hosted by Gabon.

Dussuyer might take confidence from the fact that Ghana’s coach in 2012, Goran Stevanovich no longer handles the Stars but many of players who starred that day, including Andre Dede Ayew and Emmanuel Agyemang Badu; who volleyed home a FIFA Goal of the Year contender are still around.

However, Dussuyer,55, will hope his danger-men, Ibrahima Traore of  Borussia Mönchengladbach and Ismaël Bangoura who is on-loan at Qatari club Umm Salal from FC Nantes will have enough fire-power to condemn the Stars to their second defeat in three games.