Vice President of the Ghana Football Association, George Afriyie believes the Black Stars will need an intense preparation before they can defeat Egypt in their next world cup qualifier.
Ghana dropped two points when they played the Cranes of Uganda at the Temale Sports Stadium on Friday.
The Black Stars will be welcomed by the Pharaohs of Egypt on November 13th in Cairo. The seven times African champions kicked off their campaign by defeating Congo by 2:1 in Kinshasa. The result has pushed the Pharaohs of Egypt on top of the table with three points whiles Ghana is having just a point but George believes for Ghana to gain a qualification the team will need an intense preparation before they play Egypt in Cairo.
Speaking to Asempa Sports, George said, “I have to admit that the Ugandans were good on the day and their coach did very well coming into the match. We had a good preparation to win the game but we didn’t get the required results and I think we needed a bit of luck so we shouldn’t say the players did not do well but we shouldn’t forget that their head coach Milutin Sredojević has been the assistant coach of the Black Stars.
“I know that dropping home points in world cup qualifiers can cause you not to qualify and I must say that the strength of the team has not reduced. We lost a couple of players but the team strength is still the same but I have to admit that it wasn’t the best of performance we exhibited on Friday.”
Quizzed if Avram Grant is the best person to lead Ghana to the world cup, he said, “I believe in creating a healthy competition and that is what the coach is trying to do but the question is, if the coach is calling players to the national team do we have better players elsewhere that are better than Asamoah Gyan, Jordan Ayew, Mubarak Wakasu, Baba Rahaman and the rest of the players? If so then we should do something. The coach has done very well and we should remember that he still have a contract with Ghana so let support him I and I know he will deliver.
“Against Egypt in Cairo, I believe everything should be about planning even though we have played only one match and a good result against Egypt will be good for us but losing against them will make the job very difficult for us so we need an intense preparation and planning to get a good result against the Egyptians. I don’t want to point fingers and we shouldn’t discourage players as well.” He added.