Black Galaxies Coach Annor Walker is confident his team is determined to put up a different attitude when they come up against Sudan in their crucial TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) second group stage match tomorrow.
According to the experienced Head Coach, the team is poised to put the defeat in their opening group match against Madagascar behind them and turn their focus on tomorrow’s second group match.
The Black Galaxies lost the opening Group C game against Madagascar 2-1 at the Stade Chahid Hamlaoui.
Speaking with ghanafa.org a day after the match, Coach Walker said though he was unhappy with the result on Sunday, he believes the team was poised to win against Sudan to secure a place in the next round of the competition.
“I wasn’t happy with my team especially in the first half. We did not play the way we are used to. Our players were not mobile and after the changes in the second half we played better.”
“They were not a better side. We lost because we didn’t play the way we normally play. In the second half when we made our changes you see that we dominated the game but we failed to take our chances and that caused us, he said.
He also refuted suggestions that the cold weather conditions in Constantine may have been affected his team.
He said the team will now focus and approach Thursday’s game with all seriousness.
“The weather was okay compared to the previous days since we arrived in Constantine. Though it was quite cold.”
“After the game, the players were really down because we lost the game. We have met as a team and I can see how focused they are for tomorrow.”
“They know what is at stake tomorrow. They are ready and their attitude will be different,” he reiterated. It will also be played at the Stade Chahid Hamlaoui and will kick off at 8pm (7pm GMT).
Meanwhile, Ghana has been awarded three points for its final group match against Morocco which was scheduled for Monday, January 13 in the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN), CAF has announced.
In its decision on the absence of the national team of Morocco from Match #5 of Group C against Sudan, the Organising Committee announced that Sudan, Ghana and Madagascar will earn three points each in their matches against Morocco by 3-0 goal margins.
“The Organising Committee of the African Nations Championship in its meeting held in Algiers on the on January 16, 2023 noted with regret the absence of Morocco in the frame of the group matches of the final tournament of CHAN2022.
“The Committee reviewed the referee’s and commissioner’s reports and applied Articles 83 & 84 of the competition’s regulations, said a CAF statement.
The Committee decided that the Moroccan national team will lose all its matches by 3-0.
At the end of the phase of the group matches, the first and second classified teams from Group C will qualify. –GFA