Appiah Applauds Coach Keshi

KwesiThe rivalry between Ghana and Nigeria knows no-bounds but off the field, there’s respect and friendship.

With news of Nigeria having secured their place at the World Cup, Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has congratulated his friend, Stephen Keshi for the feat.

Nigeria last Saturday became the first side from the continent to qualify for next year’s finals in Brazil after a 2-0 victory over Ethiopia confirmed a 4-1 aggregate play-off win.

“Congratulations to them[Nigeria]. They have done well,” Appiah said. “He’s my friend, Stephen Keshi. We have always been in touch and I am really happy for them. We have become very close friends and we talk on so many issues.”

With Keshi having taken the lead, Appiah hopes to follow suit and guide the Black Stars to confirm their place at Brazil 2014 when the play Egypt in the return leg on Tuesday after a 6-1 first-leg victory.

“Egypt has got a every good team, no doubt about that. Even though we won, we are not going to get it easy. We are not going to sit back. We will try and get a win,” Appiah added.

*The Egypt FA has announced that it has ran out of tickets for the 2014 World Cup qualifying play-off between the Pharaohs and the Black Stars, with two days to the clash at the Cairo June 30th Military Air Defense Stadium.

Following the Pharaohs 6-1 loss to the Black Stars in the first leg in Kumasi last month, there were reports that Egyptians had given up on the team’s qualification to the Brazil 2014 World Cup but fans expressed their belief in the seven times African champions achieving a dramatic comeback against Ghana by purchasing all 27,000 tickets released for the November 19th clash.

This means the 30,000-seater edifice will be packed to capacity when the Pharaohs attempt to score five unanswered goals against Ghana to overturn the 6-1 deficit and book a place in the World Cup for the first time in 23 years.

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