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Algeria vs Ghana facts

22 January 2015, 16:11

Mongomo - Five facts on the Africa Cup of Nations Group C match between Algeria and Ghana in Mongomo Friday.

-- The countries have met three times in the Cup of Nations with honours even. A goalless draw in 1980 was followed by a 3-2 win for Ghana two years later and a 2-0 triumph for Algeria in 1984.

-- Four-time champions the Black Stars of Ghana boast an impressive Cup of Nations second-match record with 13 victories, four draws and two losses.

Also read: Bafana go down to Algeria

-- The Desert Foxes of Algeria, whose sole title came when they hosted the 1990 tournament, have also done well in their second game, winning nine, drawing three and losing three

-- Israeli Avram Grant is the latest in a string of foreigners to coach Ghana, but all four title-winning campaigns were plotted by locals Charles Gyamfi (three) and Fred Osam-Duodu (one).

-- Coaching stability has been a key factor in Algeria becoming the top-ranked African nation. Frenchman Christian Gourcuff took over last August with a contract lasting until after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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