Sports activities News of Saturday, 22 June 2019
The Black Stars will have an prospect of providing Ghanaians hope in their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) bid when they engage the Squirrels of Benin in their Group F opener at the Ismailia Stadium on Tuesday.
Mentor Kwasi Appiah’s side are bent on starting their campaign on the substantial by beating Benin as they chase an close to a 37-year hold out for the AFCON title.
It is predicted to be an entertaining recreation for equally international locations that look to kick start off the match on a dazzling notice but the Stars face a ought to win match ought to the team’s mantra of “The 12 months of Return” stand a likelihood of materialising.
Acquiring camped in Dubai for a few months, Black Stars skipper, Andre Ayew, has indicated the team’s readiness to end the nation’s hold out for its fifth continental title as they bid to win their first AFCON title since 1982.
Ayew said in an interview a few times in the past that the staff were doing work tirelessly to make certain they make Ghana happy by returning with the title after what he explained as intensive teaching periods aimed at reaching the best at the match.
“We have been in Dubai for a while now and I can inform you that anyone is performing tirelessly to guarantee we produce the AFCON title to Ghanaians.
“Everyone below think in really hard perform becoming the critical to good results and are concentrated on doing the job towards that in buy to accomplish our aims,” he claimed at the team’s training camp in Dubai.
Despite weeks of extreme training, the Stars have to utilise their broad knowledge around the Squirrels if they are to dominate the tie with the experienced stars such as Ayew, General Captain Asamoah Gyan, Christian Atsu, John Boye, Kwadwo Asamoah and Jonathan Mensah, amongst others, owning performed about 4 AFCON tournaments.
The team have to do the job on their finishing towards Benin in spite of possessing the statistical advantage with seven wins, five attracts and two losses in 14 encounters but acquiring struggled to score in their two preparatory online games from Namibia and South Africa, coach Appiah faces a tricky endeavor to resolve his strikers drought at the match.
Mentor Appiah will have to deploy a strategy that will support get the most effective out of his strikers as the Beninois will look to punish them really should they fail to consider edge of their prospects.
The Squirrels however will have to play Ghana without influential skipper, Stéphane Sessègnon, soon after he accumulated yellow cards in the qualifiers.
Inspite of Sessegnon missing out on the Ghana video game, the Squirrels have the likes of Cèbio Soukou, Mickael Pote, David Djigla and Sessi D’Almeida, among many others, who could issues the Stars.
Ghana stands tall on studies with seven wins, five attracts and two losses in 14 encounters and will be hoping to construct on that to make certain a convincing victory on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in the other team activity, defending champions, Cameroun, will slug it out with Guinea-Bissau as they start their title defence.