Dede To Brace Himself For Stars’ Captaincy

DedeBLACK Stars stand in captain Andre Ayew says he has to prepare himself to lead the team to victory in Saturday’s 2015 African Nations Cup qualifier against Uganda in Kampala in the absence of injured substantive team captain Asamoah Gyan.

Speaking to reporters after the team trained at the Accra Sports Stadium last Tuesday afternoon, Ayew noted that getting the three points would be the team’s number one priority.

“With the captain (Gyan) not around, I think what is important is to prepare myself to try and lead the team to get a victory for Ghana. What is important is Ghana and hopefully, we will do our best and bring victory home.”

Ayew noted that it would be unseemly for the Black Stars to be scared of Uganda, despite the 1-1 draw between both sides in Kumasi two months ago.

He added that the Cranes would not be underrated at all, noting that concentration and hard work with a will to die for the country are attributes that would carry his teammates and himself through.

“If today, Ghana gets scared of Uganda, then I think we should ask ourselves questions. With all due respect to Uganda, they came here and got a point so it’s not a team to underrate at all – a difficult team to play, with good players but what they have done or are doing is not our concern. We need to concentrate and train hard for this game and I believe any player called is prepared to ‘die’ for the country to make the people proud.”

Meanwhile, Ghana’s matches against Uganda and Togo in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers will go ahead next week after CAF confirmed that January’s tournament will go ahead.

There were fears that CAF could cancel the qualifiers today if it fails to find a new host for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations by the close of the week.

CAF says they will go ahead with the weekend’s qualifiers as a replacement is found to host the competition.

“The Executive Committee confirms the continuation of qualifiers match-days 5 & 6, which will be held during the month (November 14/15 and November 19) paving the way for the qualification of the 15 teams that will be joining the team of the host country,” CAF said in a statement on Tuesday.

CAF is meeting to deliberate on this new development and find a new host nation.

CAF last week agreed not to move the tournament from January to June after Morocco raised concerns about the timing due to the widespread of the deadly disease.

The penultimate round of matches have been lined up between the weekend of November 14-16 and final games fixed for November 19 .

In a related development, would-be Ghana coach Avram Grant is planning to watch the double 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Uganda and Togo, sources close to the coach have said.

Grant has a rich CV after reaching the Champions League final and handling English Premier League sides Portsmouth and West Ham United.

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