AFCON 2023: Chris Hughton optimistic Majeed Ashimeru will be ready for Mozambique game

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ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST – JANUARY 18: Hamdi Fathi (5) of Egypt in action against Majeed Ashimeru (8) of Ghana during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 group B football match between Ghana and Egypt at Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on January 18, 2024. (Photo by Fareed Kotb/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Black Stars head coach Chris Hughton has the ‘signs are good’ that Majeed Ashimeru will be ready for the game against Mozambique.

Ghana face Mozambique in their final group game of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) looking to secure progress to the next round of the competition.

There are concerns the Anderlecht midfielder might not be fit in time after coming off with a knock during the game against Egypt last week.

However, Hughton, speaking to the press ahead of Monday’s game, confirmed the midfielder should be fine for the crucial encounter.

“We are still assessing him [Ashimeru], but the signs are good, he will train with the team, today [Sunday], but the signs are good that he will be fine,” he said.

“This was the situation in the game against Egypt where we had to bring him off.”

Ashimeru has started all two of Ghana’s group games in Ivory Coast but is yet to complete a game against both Cape Verde and Egypt.

He has been one of the most impressive individual performers at the competition so far and getting him available for the game against Mozambique could be key to the team’s success at the end of the day.

Ghana’s game against Mozambique is scheduled for Monday, January 22, with kickoff at 8:00 pm.

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