Stars Must Improve To Progress

Maxwell kunaduCoach Maxwell Konadu has admitted that his side must lift up their game to beat Libya in Friday’s second group C game in the ongoing CHAN tournament.

The Local Black Stars pulled off an unconvincing 1-0 win over Congo at the Free State Stars last Monday night.

Libya posted an impressive 2-0 win over Ethiopia in their first match.

There is pressure over the Ghanaians after they failed woefully in their last participation in the tournament two years ago and their trainer Maxwell Konadu is aware his troops must buckle up against the North African side.

“Ghanaians think we can confront any team and just run them over,”  Konadu said.

“But that is not necessarily the case. Every team came here to win, just like us. The team didn’t do so well in our last campaign (Nations Cup).

“And this time around, taking into consideration the performance the senior team put on during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, there is a lot of pressure on us to perform. In saying that, the team we have here is not bad and we didn’t play too badly. We weren’t good, either.

“But as the tournament progresses I’m sure we can make amends and put up a better performance. We also know that the big boys are still out there waiting for us — Libya and Ethiopia — who are very good sides. We need to beef up our performance and try to go past them as well.”

The Black Stars have a lot of polishing to do if they are to beat a determined Libyan side.

Ghana international goalkeeper Fatau Dauda played the full 90 minutes for Orlando Pirates in their friendly win over AC Leopards.

The Buccaneers defeated the Congolese league and cup champions 1-0 thanks to a goal from Aubrey Ngoma in the behind-closed-doors friendly match.

Dauda played the full game and kept a clean sheet as he looks to dislodge Senzo Meyiwa from the number jersey at Mayfair.

“I’m happy I played today against a strong team. They gave us problems but in the end we did the job,” he said via the club’s Twitter account.

“I managed to make only a few saves because our defence was tight. They played very well.”

Dauda was momentarily dazed in the game when he took the ball flush in the face, but he says there is no lasting damage.

“I took a knock when the ball hit me in the head from close range, that man has a serious shot. But I’m cool now. No harm done.”

Pirates and Leopards are no strangers to each other after meeting in the pool stages of the CAF Champions League last year, with Leopards winning 1-0 away and getting a 0-0 draw in South Africa.

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