Ghanaian striker Yahaya wants to draw attention to CAN rather than friendly results

Former Niçois shares his thoughts on Black Stars preparations for continental showpiece

Ghanaian international Yahaya Mohammed has urged the nation to look beyond the scoring lines as the Black Stars prepare for the upcoming assignments.

CK Akonnor’s squad are preparing for the start of the second round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in September and the African Cup of Nations in January.

On Tuesday, the team succumbed to a 1-0 loss to Morocco in a test match, with another friendly against Côte d’Ivoire scheduled for Saturday.

“In my opinion, I’m not thinking about the score line of the game. I think about how prepared we are to win the [2021] African Cup because winning all our friendlies and losing the Africa Cup is zero, “said Yayaha, the Aduana Stars striker, formerly for the French team in Nice. Good news FM.

“I think building my team to win the Africa Cup is better than winning all your friendlies without thinking about building a team and filling your holes to win the Afcon, the work done sucks.

“Ghanaians should lower their expectations [about the friendly matches] and rather get together to help the coach.

“Now, he [coach Akonnor] is this one, you have no choice but to support it. Whether you are part A or part B, you have to support him to win the ultimate for us.

Akonnor was tasked with leading Ghana to Afcon glory for the first time since 1982 and guiding the team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

In September, the Black Stars are set to begin their journey to Qatar 2022 with back-to-back games against Ethiopia and South Africa in Group G, which also includes Zimbabwe.

West Africans are determined to land a ticket to the championship, having missed the 2018 edition in Russia.

Already qualified for the Afcon January-February tournament in Cameroon, the Black Stars are looking to end a series of setbacks since their last continental success 39 years ago.

At the last rally in Egypt, Ghana, then led by James Kwasi Appiah, suffered a loss in the round of 16 to Tunisia.


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