Ghana ready To Beat Libya

Jrdnt was the most traumatising experience for Ghana’s local Black Stars in the Championship of African Nations (Chan) campaign two years ago as they suffered the ignominy of crashing out in round one.

There are teams that get eliminated in the opening rounds of competitions – yet leave with their heads held high.
Sadly, the local Stars were bundled out after losing all three group games. It is still the nation’s worst performance in any international competition.

Indeed, the catcalls, scoffings, condemnations and vilifications that followed that disastrous outing may still have been stuck on the minds of that infamous squad.

It is heart-warming that this present offspring have avoided that calamitous record already by beating Congo Brazaville 1-0 in their opening Group C game played at the Mangaung’s Free State Stadium on Monday.

Though it was quite an imposing performance, the Stars put into ‘orbit’ a profusion of chances which, if they had utilised, would have scared the living daylights out of their opponents for this evening – Libya.

The Libyans got their campaign to a blistering start when they drubbed respected Ethiopian outfit 2-0 to go on top of the group. Goals from Elmutasem Abushnaf and Abdelsalam Omar made the day tick for the Mediterranean Knights.

Apparently inspired by that victory, head coach of the local Knights Javier Clemente, have been talking tough ahead of the evening’s game, promising to get the better side of Ghana.

“I rate my team the strongest in the group but that does not mean we will relax now that we have beaten Ethiopia.

“Our preparation is for Ghana next and we will approach that match with same determination and attitude to that we had against Ethiopia.”

Libya are on top of the table with superior goal and can confirm their ticket to the quarter-final if they beat Ghana.

But the local Stars do not look rattled a bit by Clemente’s intimidating remark and have sworn to go for broke and snatch a win.

Ghana coach Maxwell Konadu is equally eyeing Libya’s scalp.

“We saw their game and they are not a bad team. They are very experienced and not new to us. They have beaten us before but I don’t think we’ll allow ourselves to be beaten again.

“We want to qualify from the group so we have to beat Libya to progress from this group,” Konadu told Asempa FM Sports on Tuesday.

However, Konadu may have to take a critical look at his midfielders whose link with the attack appears quite lethargic and languid. The attacking duo of Yaya Mohammed and Sulley Mohammed must also be well coordinated to bring some life into the Stars’ forwardline.

So far, the Stars’ backline has been sturdy and resolute and if it remains so today, the Libyans would file away with their heads looking down. By John Vigah

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