Pressure is on for Ghana to beat Ethiopia

2014-01-21 09:33

Ghana are not taking Ethiopia for granted in their final Group C African Nations Championship (Chan) encounter at Free State Stadium tonight.

Having seen hosts and fellow pre-tournament favourites Bafana Bafana dumped out in the group stages – the Black Stars are not leaving any stones unturned.

They know they have to tick all the boxes against the already-eliminated Ethiopians in their quest to be champions in the continental competition for locally based players.

Ghanaian coach Maxwell Konadu said: “Ethiopia have nothing to lose. We have to be calm, careful and try to own the match.

“The pressure is on us to beat them and qualify for the next stages. The boys are psyched up for the match and to ensure the qualification is secured for Ghana.”

He said the morale in the camp dipped after their 1-1 draw with Libya.

“We’ve started to put things together and make the boys feel that we are still in it,” said Konadu.

The Ethiopians, who have yet to register a point or score a goal in the competition, also want to return home tomorrow with a positive result after two group losses to Libya and the Republic of Congo.

“The guys are still feeling positive in this competition. We need to start getting goals,” said Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw.

“If we play well, we’ll win. We dominated Libya especially in the second half and they went on to dominate Ghana, so we can play them.”

Victory will guarantee Ghana (four points) passage to the knockout stages in the group’s three-way race for two spots in the second round.

However, a stalemate will depend on whether Libya (four points) also play a draw with Congo (three points) in a simultaneous match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The Congolese Red Devils need nothing short of victory but as the minnows have shown in the tournament, they are more than capable of punching above their weight.

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