‘Black Stars need a miracle to qualify’

Avram Grant - ConfidentBlack Stars defender, Jonathan Mensah, and former skipper of the team, Stephen Appiah, has admitted the Black Stars need a miracle to secure a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Their comments followed the disappointing defeat in the hands of the Pharoahs of Egypt and the yawning gap opened between the two countries in their group’s World Cup qualifying.

The gap between the Black Stars and their main rivals, Egypt was stretched following the 2-0 defeat to the Pharaohs in Alexandria despite playing very well.

However, Ghana failed to make their territorial dominance count as a goal in each half from AS Roma forward Mohammed Salah and Abdalla Saied secured vital victory for the Egyptians at the Borg El Arab stadium on Sunday.

The result has left Ghana needing wins in their remaining four games to qualify for Russia 2018 as they are now five and three points adrift Egypt and Uganda respectively.

“It is very tough because we have one point, Egypt has six and Uganda has four points. It becomes even more difficult when your main rival stretches the lead but we have hopes because we have four more games left and we have to focus on winning them it will be tough.”

“Egypt came to win and we also wanted to win but at the end they got the best. Ghana played very well but at the end of the game we didn’t win so it does not count.”

Ex-skipper Appiah pointed out that the Black Stars face a Herculean task of making to the World Cup in Russia.

Appiah who dazzled fans as a pundit on Egyptian television, ONsport ahead of the crunch tie hoped for a favourable result for the Black Stars.

But having picked up just a point from a possible six, the former Juventus midfielder has now conceded Ghana’s chances look bleak and will take something spectacular to secure a World Cup ticket.

“This is football and anything can happen but we have to be sincere to ourselves that this is very difficult,” Appiah told Citi-Sports in Accra.

“The only way we can qualify is if Egypt decided that they did not want to go to the World Cup.”

“It’s very difficult but we have to wait and see. For now, it looks very difficult.

Ghana is third in Group E of the World Cup qualifiers, five points behind Egypt and three behind second place Uganda with Congo sitting bottom with no point.

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