CHAN 2014: Final Preview and Predictions

Alex KomaContributor IIIFebruary 1, 2014

Ghana is a dangerous team for Libya to contend with.
Ghana is a dangerous team for Libya to contend with.Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Libya and Ghana are squaring off in the finals of the 2014 Africa Nations Championship, and the match should be one to watch. 

The two sides have faced off in finals twice before, ending in 1-1 draws each time, so the rubber match will be a good one.

Each team went undefeated throughout the tournament, so it truly is a battle between two excellent clubs. 

Below you can find the time and location of the event, as well as predictions for the final. 

Where: Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa

When: 1 p.m. EST


Final Preview

These two teams last played each other in the CHAN final all the way back in 1982, and Libya is still trying to avenge their loss to Ghana for the title.

At first glance, it would seem like the Libyans have a decent shot to knock off the Black Stars. 

Ghana comes into the final favored after edging Nigeria in the semifinals, but they’re suffered some attrition since then. 

They’ll be without some key players, as Ismael Kiyonga writes for Kawowo Sports.

Ghana Coach Maxwell Konadu will miss the services of defender Kwabena Adusei following his second half red card after the hour mark against Nigeria while striker Yahaya Mohammed is a doubt after he was stretchered off with a knee injury during that same period.

But Konadu is hoping goalkeeper Stephen Adams’ groin problem that flared up in extra-time against Nigeria is not as serious as it initially seemed.

On the other hand, Libya has no injury or suspension concerns as the Mediterranean Knights chase their first-ever continental cup honor.

Libya also has the extra motivation that comes with playing for their first honor of this kind. 

“The whole country is behind the team and expectant as well as ready to celebrate and embrace this occasion,” Wail Bazina of the Libyan Football Federation told The Tripoli Post. “It is our dream to win and take the Cup with us to Libya and give people of Libya something to cheer about and uplift the nation.”

But Ghana shouldn’t be taken lightly. After all, they had to fight off Nigeria down a man for more than an hour after Adusei exited, and still managed to come out on top.

However, some of that could be blamed on Nigeria’s tactical failings as much on Ghana’s effort.

Overall, it seems like Libya has more to play for in this one.

Combined with the fact that they aren't missing any of their important players like Ghana is, the Libyans seem to have the upper hand in the final.

Either way, the contest will be one worth watching.