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Football: Cape Verde v Ghana match-ups

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Key match-ups in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final between Cape Verde and Ghana at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Saturday:

Ryan Mendes (CPV) v Emmanuel Agyeman Badu (GHA)

Lille forward Mendes runs the midfield show with his passes and vision and will be closely watched by Udinese defensive midfielder Badu, who has overcome injuries and is now back at his energetic best.

Mando (CPV) v Asamoah Gyan (GHA)

Skipper Gyan opened his goals account against Niger and that could only have boosted is self belief as a striker. He is expected to be shadowed in this game by veteran centre-back and skipper Nando.

Platini (CPV) v John Pantsil (GHA)

It will be youth against experience when Platini comes face-to-face with a right-back Pantsil, one of the most durable campaigners for the Black Stars. Platini from Portuguese club Santa Clara has impressed for the debutants.

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