Suspended Yahaya Backs Stars To Win

yahayaSuspended Ghana striker Yahaya Mohammed remains confident his colleagues can beat Ethiopia without him today.

The Ghanaians will take on the rock-bottom side in the final group C game in the ongoing CHAN tournament at the Free State Stars stadium.

Ghana will be without Yahayais suspended for the tie after picking up two yellow cards against Congo and Libya respectively.

However the 25-year-old is backing his team-mate to beat Ethiopia without him.

“It’s a major worry but I believe in my boys. Those who will get the chance to play I believe in them,” Mohammed said

“I trust that they are going to make it for me and the team to qualify. It’s just of me sitting back and praying for them.

“We have the desire to stay here in Bloemfontein but the most important thing is for us to qualify.

“If we qualify as group winners or not does not matter. The most important thing is for us to qualify to the next stage of the tournament.”

Mohammed was voted man of the match during their 1-1 draw against Libya.

In a relateddevelopment, Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw has told Ghana his side will be highly competitive in today’s final Group C clash despite their elimination from the CHAN tournament.

They want to defeat the Local Black Stars to end their campaign on a high note.

Ethiopia were pre-tournament favourites but after defeats to Libya and Congo, the dream to lift the trophy crashed.

Bishaw said after losing to Congo: “To the neutrals it was an entertaining match with everything but we came into this tournament ready to do well and be competitive, it is unfortunate that we won’t stay in CHAN beyond our last group game against Ghana but we are determined to go out on a high note.”

Ghana need a draw against the Walyas to advance after picking four points from two games.

Meanwhile,Seidu Bancey could start against Ethiopia today after duo Yahaya Mohammed and Sulley Mohammed were ruled out.

Yahaya is suspended for the clash after picking up accumulated yellow card while Sulley has failed to recover after picking a knock during the 1-1 draw against Libya last Friday.

The absence of the two strikers means the Asante Kotoko striker could be drafted in to partner Kennedy Boateng in front of goal.

The Black Stars are desperate to top the group and stay in Bloemfontein for their quarter-final clash.

The Ghanaians will take on rock-bottom Ethiopia in the last group C game on Tuesday keen to win by a higher scoreline to leapfrog Libya at the top.

The Libyans will tackle Congo in the other game which will be played simultaneously in the ongoing CHAN tournament.

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