Afcon Qualifiers: Ghana must match the spirit of South Africa – Ajax, young Kudus
The 20-year-old presents Thursday’s meeting between the Black Stars and Bafana in Johannesburg
Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Kudus believes the Black Stars will need to live up to South Africa’s spirit to get a good result in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash on Thursday.
Both teams are billed for a penultimate Group C matchday in Johannesburg, with the winners expected to score a three-point lead at the top of the table before the final round of games.
In their last meeting, the Ajax youngster scored as Ghana recorded a 2-0 home victory in the reverse game.
“It has been very good,” Kudus told the Ghana federation. official site .
“There is a very good team spirit and a very good unity at camp and everyone is 100% ready for the game. The best way to approach the game is to think it’s a new game.
“Because we beat them the first time around, they’re going to come with extra motivation to beat us, so the most important thing is to match their minds and play what we know best.
“We will approach the game the same way we did the last time. But here we go, tomorrow is the most important game for us and that is what we are focusing on.”
Ghana are looking to reach the Afcon tournament for the 23rd time in their history.
For Thursday’s game, the Black Stars absent include captain Andre Ayew, Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew, Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey and first-choice goalkeeper Richard Ofori.
“I know the players are ready,” Kudus added.
“We prepared very well and I can see that everyone is pretty much ready for the game and what I can say to the Ghanaians is that they should back us up with prayers and support and we will do our best tomorrow to seal the qualification for Afcon.
“The goal is to qualify for Afcon so we approach every game with the same mentality, whether it’s two games or one game we have to win, the mentality is the same.”
“It’s the same spirit so whether we qualify after this game or the next game, it’s the same mentality and we will do our best to seal the qualification tomorrow.”
As the final two rounds approached, Ghana and South Africa were tied on points and three points clear at the top of the table.
The state of the table, however, changed on Wednesday when the visit to Sudan beat Sao Tome and Principe 2-0 to tie the points with Ghana and South Africa.