Ghana, DRC gear up for explosive Chan match

2014-01-25 15:17

Ghana are planning to exploit the Democratic Republic of Congo’s defence in their highly-anticipated African Nations Championship (Chan) quarterfinal tie at the Free State Stadium tomorrow

Kickoff is at 8.30pm.

Unlike the 2009 Chan final, where the DRC beat Ghana 2-0 to lift the trophy – the Black Stars plan on securing a victory this time around in potentially the second round’s most explosive match-up.

Ghanaian coach Maxwell Konadu said: “DR Congo are a good side, but I can assure you that our tactics will be different from how we played in the group games.

“I saw one of their earlier group matches and saw that their defenders don’t want a certain kind of pressure,” Konadu said.

“We’ll take it to them and see how they deal with it. Striker Yahaya Mohammed will be key for us in this game and he has to be tactically disciplined.”

The burly Yahaya returns after serving his one-match suspension. He will most likely partner Seidu Bancey upfront for the West Africans, who won two matches and drew one as they finished top of Group C.

Meanwhile, the DRC have already tasted defeat in the competition losing 2-1 to Group D winners, Gabon.

Leopards coach Santos “Obama” Mutubile – who led the team to their 2009 triumph in Ivory Coast – has been pushing his charges at training in their quest for a semifinal berth ahead of the Ghanaians.

DRC captain Robert Kidiaba promised a dedicated display from the Central Africans who are three wins away from an unprecedented second Chan title.

“We’ll play the game with motivation and will study Ghana’s weaknesses from their previous games,” said the charismatic 36-year-old TP Mazembe keeper.

“We are serious about making the final of the competition. We are not here to play games. The people of Congo want to see us win and we are determined to go all the way and win this cup,” said Kidiaba.

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