CAN 2021 qualifiers: Boateng optimistic about Ghana’s “quality” chances against South Africa and Sao Tome
Dalian Professional striker awaits March 25-28 matches in Cameroon race
Ghanaian striker Emmanuel Boateng is convinced he has enough qualities to see the backs of South Africa and Sao Tome in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers later this month.
Currently leading Group C on goal difference against South Africa, the four-time tournament champions will reserve their place at the continent’s next showpiece with a victory in either the March 25 away game against the Bafana Bafana, in the home game on March 28 against the Falcons. in Accra.
Boateng, who plays for Dalian Professional in the Chinese Super League, is one of 24 players currently in camp for the next matches.
“I think we’ve been training for almost two weeks now and everyone is ready,” former Levante Boateng striker told the Ghana Football Association. official site.
“We are training very hard as a team and morale is already there, so we are ready to play for our homeland.
“I think it’s great because when we trained at McDan [Park], they or they [players] were complaining about the pitch but we have to know that’s what we have, so we have to cooperate, but I think everything is perfect.
“We have the qualities to play for the nation and I think we are ready. We just need a helping hand from each other to play.
“I urge all Ghanaians to support us with the players, and we hope to deliver what they want.”
Continuing their 23rd African Cup appearance, Ghana opened the qualifying series with a 2-0 home victory over South Africa, thanks to goals from Thomas Partey and debutant Mohammed Kudus in November 2019.
Three days later, Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew scored on the spot to seal a 1-0 away victory over Sao Tome.
Meanwhile, another China-based player in Mubarak Wakaso explained how motivated the team’s players, dominated by local players, are to secure their place in the mainland centerpiece.
“Everything is going well, the guys are well prepared and ready to give their best,” said Wakaso.
“What I see here is huge, everyone is doing great. They were at the camp before I arrived and I think what I saw was different.
“They were training hard and that motivated me as a professional player to play with the local players.”