The Black Stars players currently in Johannesburg, South Africa, have revealed how focused and strong willed they are as they approach the Zambian clash in the newly commissioned Levy Mwanawase Stadium in Ndo, Zambia.
The players when speaking to Happy Sports in Johannesburg seemed to have one issue of importance; focus, and with that concentration victory is certain for the side that is rated as the most exciting team on the African continent.
Speaking about the Zambian national team and the game this week-end, John Boye was of the view that the win against Lesotho has boosted their morale and with focus, victory can be attained in the Zambian clash.
“The first game was not easy. We are grateful to God for the first victory and this win will boost our morale for the next game”. He said
“The Zambian game is going to be very crucial and it is equally important. We are focused for victory and since they have won the AFCON title, they are determined to get to the World Cup tournament”. He continued.
The enterprising and entertaining Christian Atsu also added his voice by stating that “ the team needed to win the Lesotho game because it was the coach’s first game as head and my first game too so we had to win for him and for Ghana”.
Their colleague, Harrison Afful who manned the left back position in the game against Lesotho mentioned that they have “purposed in our (their) hearts to win. We believe the love and teamwork we possess will push us on for the victory we need”.
In Anthony Annan’s voice, the Zambian team is “a good side. They won the Africa Cup of Nations and beat us on their way to victory. The game won’t be easy”.
But in a more optimistic tone, Annan continued by saying “We are going for revenge (for the loss in the AFCON) and with our winning mentality, we can come out of the game with victory. God is the ultimate so we look up to Him”.
Jerry Akaminko who was also on the score sheet in the 7-0 walloping of the Basothos indicated that the team has learnt a lot in the game they won convincingly and are certain they will return to Ghana with a win.
“We have learnt a lot in our preparations”.
“Each game and how it is approached. We pray for victory. That is all we hope for” He concluded.
With such statements, one will be convinced that the Stars are returning from their Zambian trip with victory. One cannot under estimate the capabilities of the Chipolopolo.
They lost against Sudan in a game that was clearly dominated by the North Africans. Two goals in the second half from Mohammed Tahir and Saifeldin Ali secured the victory for the side that lost to the African Champions in the Quarter-finals of the Nations Cup in 2012.
Zambia will meet Ghana’s Black Stars on Saturday, June 9 in a game that either side will want to win in the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers.