Strangely, only one of these two African power houses will earn a spot at Rwanda 2016.
The first leg will be played at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.
Even though the full national teams played one another 16 times, this will be their first CHAN meeting.
Ivory Coast didn’t qualify for the 2014 CHAN, losing to Nigeria in the qualifiers. Ghana can make it four tournaments in a row. CHAN only began these home based player competitions from 2009.
Maxwell Konadu will be Ghana’s head coach instead of Avram Grant, a good move since the proper national team coach should concentrate on his own team.
Former PSL keeper, Fatau Dauda will attempt to resurrect his Ghana career in this CHAN team. He struggled to get game time at Orlando Pirates with the late Senzo Meyiwa nearly impossible to displace in the past. He is now at Ashgold and has the experience of playing for the Black Stars’ at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as well as at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
Other Black Stars players include Baba Mensah and Lawrence Lartey.
Michel Dussuyer will coach Ivory Coast’s CHAN team. They have the experienced Sangare Badra Ali in goal. There’s also Koffi Marcellin, Diabate Inza and Boua Koffi Devy, members of Ivorian league champions AS Tanda.
The return leg is set for Abidjan next weekend.