Defiant Black Stars focused on getting crucial win against Uganda
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says his team is fully focused on getting the desired results despite all the negative press the Black Stars have endured in the lead up to their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda.
The Ghana team have not enjoyed the massive love and support they are used to since arriving in Kumasi to prepare for Saturday’s match against Uganda.
Most of the fans in Kumasi are apprehensive in offering their total support as they used to in prior games following the team’s disappointing exit from the 2014 World Cup.
Ghana failed to make it past the group stage of the tournament staged in Brazil.
The Black Stars’ disappointing exit was characterized by player agitation over delayed payment of appearance fees and also issues of player indiscipline resulting in the indefinite suspension of Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Many Ghanaians are hurt by the manner in which Ghana crashed out of the tournament.
The fans have thus not been as forthcoming with their support as they used to ahead of the game against Uganda.
But captain Asamoah Gyan says the players remain determined to record the desired win despite the relative hostile environment they are enduring.
“We all understand we failed in Brazil but we the players feel we had a good tournament but only we didn’t get the result,” he said.
“Criticism have come in and we accept them. I am an example.
“I am very much criticized but I make sure to come back strongly and win over the fans.
“Saturday’s game is very important for us and we have to make sure we make them happy.
“The news we have been hearing is part of the game but we want to focus and deliver the result for Ghanaians.”
The Black Stars captain is relying on Ghana’s strong record at home in the qualifiers to inspire his team on to victory once more again on Saturday.
“I don’t remember the last time we lost a qualifier at home,” Gyan added.
“And we want to make sure we do well and deliver on Saturday.”
Ghana has not lost a home qualifier since the 3-1 defeat suffered against Liberia in a World Cup qualifier back in 2001 at the Accra Sports Stadium.