The Black stars of Ghana will later today have to beat Egypt in Kumasi as it tries to qualify for the FIFA World cup for the third time in a row. Even though Egypt is still a troubled country following the crisis it went through during the Arap spring, it still has a formidable football team and Ghana will need more than luck to beat them.
Ghana is in top form though and since winning the FIFA most improved trophy in 2005, when it went unbeaten throughout that year, it’s performance has only been ascending. They reached round II of the 2006 world cup but topped that with a spectacular quarter finals appearance in South African during the 2010 World cup. They became only the third African team to get to the quarter finals of the world Cup. They have reached every single semi finals of the African nations cup between 2008-2013. Ghana has a vocal support base and have not lost a single match at the Baba Yara Stadium since 2000 where today’s match with take place.
Ghana also uses the services of a local coach, one of only a few countries in Africa that does that. Head coach Kewsi Appiah speaking earlier said today’s game is “ a big game, a game which is important to all Ghanaians.”
Egypt is the most successful African nations cup having won the African nations cup for a record seven times. Their world cup performance has been dismal though. They last appeared at the finals of a world cup in 1990 so Ghana is a more experienced world cup contendant. European coaches are very popular in Africa but Egypt managed to get the services of an American Bob Bradley as head coach. “We studied Ghana well, we respect them but at the same time we are a good team”Bradley declared. He will have to prove just how good his team is in Kumasi later this evening.
Ghanaian star Kevin Prince Boateng, Jonathan Mensah and Mohamed Rabiu will not be playing due to injuries. The team will have to rely on the fire power of midfield player Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari if they have to win.