Ex-GFA boss confident

FORMER President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Lepowura MND Jawula, says he is not troubled by the composition of Ghana’s group in next year’s African Cup of Nations tournament to be staged in Equatorial Guinea.

“There’s absolutely no cause for alarm. It’s not on my watch. I strongly believe we shall qualify from the group and do very well,” he said confidently in an interview with the Times Sports at the weekend.

The Black Stars are drawn in Group C with Algeria, South Africa and Senegal – regarded by the experts as the ‘group of death.’

Algeria’s Desert Warriors are the highest ranked African country on the FIFA grading, while Senegal is better positioned than Ghana. South Africa, which enjoyed a flawless run during the 2015 qualifiers are the only side that ranked inferior to the Stars.

However, Lepowura – who was present at the draw in Malabo, last Wednesday night, believes Ghana has what it takes to cruise through and make an imposing mark in the biennial continental showpiece.

“On current form, using the Brazil World Cup as a reference point, we are miles above our competitors because I wonder if any of them could have held now world champions Germany to a draw or lose narrowly to Portugal.

“Fact is, both Senegal and South Africa failed to answer the roll call when the finest in the world met, so on paper what have they to show?,” he asked.

According to Lepowura Jawula, who doubles as the FA Cup Committee chairman, South Africa may have upstaged Nigeria to top their group in the qualifiers, “but as of now Nigeria are not in our league.”

He said historically, North African teams shudder when in the same group with Ghana and believed Algeria would quiver in this regard.

That notwithstanding, the ex-FA capo said since every country uses Ghana as a yardstick of standardization to demonstrate their arrival, the Stars must dash for the jugular and win their opening game against Senegal.

“Once we roar off with victory in the opening game, our other opponents would tremble,” he asserted.

By John Vigah

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