Ghana’ll qualify for World Cup – Nyantakyi

Kwesi Nyantakyi - Upbeat about Ghana's chances

Kwesi Nyantakyi – Upbeat about Ghana’s chances

Ghana FA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi has admitted a stiff challenge from Egypt in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Ghana will be facing Egypt for the second time in a World Cup qualifier after the two sides were drawn in Group E together with Congo and Uganda.

The Black Stars defeated Egypt to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

But Nyantakyi believes the North African side will be Ghana’s toughest opponent in the Group.

“It’s a tough group for us surely. Uganda is a good team, Congo is good too, but Egypt are our toughest opponent,” he said.

“Beating them in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifications doesn’t give us any psychological advantage. On the contrary, it’s a disadvantage.

“They will come to payback, and we have to be aware. I watched some games for Egypt and they have a new and very good team. We will play each game to win and I’m sure we will qualify to Russia 2018.

Ghana will play Egypt in Cairo on November 15.

But Ugandan coach, Milutin Micho Sredojevic who was paired against Ghana believes Group B is the most difficult, calling it the clash of the titans.

The group involving Nigeria, Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia have been described by many pundits as the ‘Group of Death’ but Micho has rather chosen the clash of the titans.

Micho said “When I look at the other groups they are all balanced except Group B where we have the clash of the titans.

“In Group A, DR Congo and Tunisia are favourites while Cote d’Ivoire is the favorite in Group C with Senegal also being the favourite in Group D.

“For us (Uganda) we are in a group where Ghana and Egypt are favourites but we are looking forward to be a hard nut to crack for the others.

Meanwhile, the Ghana FA has rubbished reports that FIFA has completed the nationality switch for England youth striker Joe Dodoo to play for Ghana.

A report by a newspaper in Ghana claimed on Thursday that the Leicester City player has applied to FIFA for the switch which has been granted.

However, the Ghana FA says FIFA has not started the process as all the documents needed to complete such a move have not been secured.

“We have not started the process let alone it being completed. The process is normally very long and takes some time to gather the paperwork needed,” Ghana FA spokesman Ibrahim Sannie told

“Once all the documents have been gathered we will make a formal application to FIFA before it will be considered.

“So I can tell you that FIFA has not cleared Joe Dodoo to play for Ghana. We are working on it.”

Dodoo is seeking to play for Ghana after representing England at junior level.


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