Black Stars midfielder Mohammed Kudus has said their target is to seal qualification for the 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations to be staged in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 in 2022
In an interview with the communications team of the GFA ahead of this afternoon’s (Thursday March 25) encounter the Ajax Amsterdam’s wonder boy has stated clearly that the team has only one thing on their mind which is to qualify for the AFCON.
“The goal is to qualify for the AFCON so we go into every game with the same mentality, whether it is two games or one game that we have to win, the mentality is the same. It’s the same spirit so whether we will qualify after this game or the next game, it’s the same mentality and we are going to do our best to seal qualification…”
Ghana, four times Africa champions, currently sit top of Group C with only two games (including today’s game) to end the qualifiers.
Talking about the team’s readiness, Mohammed Kudus who scored a beauty in the Black Stars’ 2-0 win in the first leg at the Cape Coast stadium in November, 2019, said the preparation had been good and the Stars were one hundred per cent reading for the crucial return leg. He also highlighted the positive mood and unity in the camp.
“It has been very good. There’s a very good team spirit and unity in camp and everyone is 100% ready for the game.”
According to Kudus, they would approach the clash as a new game in order not to underrate the the South Africans as they Bafana Bafana will come into the game with extra motivation to seek a revenge.
The Stars are without a number of first team players owing to Covid-19 travel regulations which made it impossible for skipper Andre Dede Ayew, his brother Jordan Ayew, Thomas Partey among others to be with the squad. First choice goal keeper Richard Ofori is also out due to injury.
Their absence however has made way for some local players from the Ghana Premier League who would be hoping to make a strong case for the GPL.
Kudus has called for national support for the stars when they line-up against South Africa this afternoon (4:00pm local time) at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg.
“I know that the players are ready. We have been preparing very well and I can see that everyone is pretty much ready for the game and what I can tell Ghanaians is that they should back us with prayers and support and we will do our best to seal qualification for the AFCON.”
In the other group fixture, Sudan were away winners as they beat Sao Tome and Principe.
The Black Stars will take on Sao Tome and Principe in the final group game in Ghana.
GROUP ‘C’ STANDING
TEAM P – GD – PTS
- GHANA 4 – 4 – 9
- S. AFRICA 4 – 3 – 9
- SUDAN 5 – 4 – 9
- SAO TOME 5 – 11 – 0